Thai Green Chicken Curry

During my travels cooking I have been lucky enough to work with some fantastic Thai chefs both when in Malaysia and when working for a Thai resort in the Maldives. To me Thai cuisine is all about punchy vibrant flavours, which I love. You’ve got to have the right balance between salty (fish sauce), sour (lime juice), spicy (a good kick of chili) and sweet (sugar) to make sure you get an authentic taste, and if you’re not sure what that authentic taste is then what better excuse than to book a flight to Thailand!

Thai Green Curry
Serves 4
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Thai Green Curry Paste
  1. 1/2 stalk lemongrass
  2. 1 green chili
  3. 1/2 shallot
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. 8g galangal
  6. 1/4 cup coriander (leaves and stalks)
  7. 1/4 cup basil
  8. 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  9. 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  10. 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
  11. 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  12. 1/2 tsp. shrimp paste
  13. 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  14. 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
  15. 2 Tbsp. coconut cream
Thai Green Chicken Curry
  1. 400ml coconut cream
  2. 100g bamboo shoots
  3. 70g green curry paste
  4. 1tbs fish sauce
  5. 200g chicken thighs
  6. ½ tsp palm sugar
  7. 1/2tsp green chilli – seeds removed, fine chop
  8. 8 kaffir lime leaves
  9. 200ml water
  10. 1tbs basil – chopped
To serve
  1. 12 Basil leaves
  2. 4tsp Red chilli - sliced
For the Curry Paste
  1. Roughly chop and blend all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor until well combined.
For the Thai Green Curry
  1. Simmer 1 cup of coconut cream and curry paste over moderate heat, stirring until it becomes fragrant and the oil starts to separate from the coconut cream.
  2. Add the Chicken and cook over a moderate heat, stirring frequently until the chicken changes colour.
  3. Add the remaining coconut cream and sufficient water to cover the chicken.
  4. Add Lime Leaves and Bamboo Shoots.
  5. Bring to the boil (stirring), reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is tender.
  6. Stir in the fish sauce, sugar, green chilli and basil.
  7. Simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl and scatter with the fresh Basil and Chilli slices.
MacLean Fraser

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