A Thai Red Curry Chicken is one of those dishes that work well any time of the year - in summer it's a fresh and light flavour that isn't too spice forward to have you sweating like a pig in heat and in winter, it's a creamy, soul rejuvenating comfort food that can warm even the most frigid of hearts. This Thai chicken curry with coconut milk has a wonderful colour and an even more wonderful flavour. It's a must for any fan of South East Asian food.
The best thai red curry recipe
The best curry recipes for me are the most authentic recipes. I do use shop bought pastes from time to time, but nothing compares to a homemade curry paste. Making at home lets you control the flavour and spice, if you like it fragrant add more lemongrass and galangal, if you like it HOT, then more chilli. I guess there's no such thing as a truly authentic thai red curry recipe - it changes from house to house, but the key foundations are all the same, just the measurements change.
If I'm in the mood for spice, but not in the mood for SPICE, this is my go-to. The red curry typically has less attitude that it's green curry counterpart, so it's the perfect path to a more mellow sauce.
I use a stick blender these days to make a paste - gone is the wide-eyed pestle and mortar enthusiasm of the early 2000s. I got laaaaazy - I like my gadgets now so am all about the stick blender! Im sure there would be many a wagging finger in Thailand, but that's my reality!
One note of caution about using a hand blender with chillies - Beware of splattering! I experienced a bit of paste 'backdraft' directly on my eyeball one time - I spent a good 20 minutes with my face in kitchen sink full of water - blinking like a frantic idiot. Consider that a friendly warning.
Three essential thai curry pastes
If you're a fan of Thai food, you're most likely aware of the three most common curry colours. Reg, Green & Yellow - a rainbow of flavour and spice! See for yourself how to create at home these cornerstone curry pastes. Once you master the paste, you can create a myriad of meat, seafood, vegetarian and vegan curries and stir-fry dishes at the drop of a hat. Which colour Thai curry paste is YOUR favourite?
More amazing Thai curry recipes
Thailand doesn't just stop with these three curries, try my fantastically flavoursome Panang Chicken Curry or my fragrant Beef Massaman Curry too. Thank you Thailand!