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Thai Yellow Chicken Curry

If you're a fan of Thai cuisine and looking to add some new dishes to your recipe collection, look no further than this Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken, Potatoes and Jasmine rice balls.

This particular recipe holds a special place in my heart as it was introduced to me by a Thai friend who is a fantastic cook. After trying it for the first time, I was immediately hooked on the rich and complex flavours of this dish. I guarantee that this recipe will transport your taste buds straight to the streets of Thailand.

Don't be intimidated by the exotic ingredients, as this recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your ingredients, and let's get cooking!

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What is Thai Yellow Curry?

Thai yellow curry is a type of curry prepared with a blend of aromatic herbs and spices, including turmeric, coriander, cumin, lemongrass, galangal, and chili peppers. The dish is known for its vibrant yellow color, rich and complex flavors, and creamy texture.

The history of Thai yellow curry dates back to the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 14th century, where it was originally made with beef or chicken and served with rice. Over time, the dish evolved to include a wider range of ingredients, including seafood, vegetables, and tofu, and became a staple of Thai cuisine.

There are several variations of Thai yellow curry, each with its own unique flavour profile and ingredients. Some of the most popular variations include:

  • Yellow Chicken Curry - Made with chicken, potatoes, onions, and carrots, and served with rice.

  • Yellow Fish Curry - Made with fish, coconut milk, and a blend of herbs and spices, including lemongrass, galangal, and turmeric.

  • Yellow Vegetable Curry - Made with a variety of vegetables, such as bell peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower, and served with rice or noodles.

  • Massaman Curry - A type of yellow curry that is influenced by Indian cuisine and is made with beef, potatoes, peanuts, and a blend of spices, including cinnamon and cloves.

  • Panang Curry - A type of yellow curry that is made with a thicker, creamier sauce and is often served with chicken or beef.


This recipe serves: 4 portions

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients for Thai Yellow Chicken Curry:

  • 1 Pound (450g) of diced boneless chicken thighs (can substitute with chicken breast or tofu)

  • 1 Pound of potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters

  • 1 medium size carrot, halved and sliced (100g)

  • 1 medium size onion, small dice

  • 2 cups of chicken broth (500ml)

  • 1 can of coconut cream (400ml)

  • 2-3 tbsp of Thai Yellow Curry Paste

  • 1tsp of brown sugar

  • Splash of fish sauce

  • Juice of one lime

  • 1tbsp of vegetable oil

  • Spring onions or cilantro for garnish

  • Thai red chilli for garnish

  • Cooked Jasmine rice for sticky rice balls

How to prepare Thai Yellow Curry:

  1. Preheat a non-stick frying pan or a large pot over high heat. Add 1tbsp of vegetable oil.

  2. Add the diced chicken and sear until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  3. Add the diced onions and carrots to the same pan and cook for about 5 minutes until they start to brown.

  4. Add 2-3tbsp of Thai yellow curry paste and continue cooking for another minute.

  5. Add the diced potatoes, chicken broth, and coconut cream to the pan. Return the chicken thighs to the pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. If using chicken breast or tofu, add them once the potatoes are cooked through.

  6. Season with brown sugar, lime juice, and a splash of fish sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

  7. Serve with jasmine rice balls and garnish with spring onions or cilantro. Sprinkle chopped Thai red chili on top according to your preference. Enjoy!

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Chicken Massaman Curry - Massaman curry is a popular Thai dish that is heavily influenced by Indian cuisine. It boasts an array of delightful and aromatic flavours that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

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29 ก.พ.
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Made this tonight and it was an absolute hit! I love Thai food but have only gotten it as take out. I never thought I’d be able to get those flavors at home. Aside from the curry paste and fish sauce, everything else are pantry staples. I ended up using Mae Ploy for the Thai yellow curry paste.


22 ก.ค. 2566
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Very good recipe Lukasz!

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