Thai Red Chicken Curry

Thai Curry 10a

*I have updated this recipe as it has evolved slightly over the years. I still make it at least once a month and it is our go-to meal when we can’t decide what to eat!

See a video of Jamie cooking the original recipe here.

This recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals. In the book this is a prawn curry, but I’m not a prawn fan so changed it to chicken. I think beef could work really well with this sauce too. Don’t let the long list of ingredients put you off, it really is very easy to make. And most will last for ages in your store cupboard. In the book there is a recipe for a cucumber salad to accompany it. This is delicious but I don’t always have the time – or inclination – to make it. I’m quite the lazy cow!! Serve with either basmati or jasmine rice.

The fresh lime leaves make a big difference to the flavour, I get mine in M&S. Dried will do and should be available in most large supermarkets now or if you can’t get either some freshly grated lime zest is a good substitute.

Top tip: Keep a little paste back and freeze it so that you’ll have it to hand to add extra flavour to a multitude of dishes.



Thai Red Chicken Curry

Serves 4


  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1-2 fresh red chillies
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • A small bunch of fresh coriander
  • 2 jarred red peppers in oil
  • 1 tsp of palm sugar or soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2cm piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 200g sugar snap peas
  • 1 x 400g tin of coconut milk – full fat, doesn’t work as well with low fat
  • Lime wedges


  • Trim the lemongrass and remove the tough outer leaves. Bash up the stalks and then roughly chop the lemongrass. Add to a food processor, along with the chilli, peeled garlic, lime leaves, coriander, jarred peppers, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. I also add some of the oil from the peppers as it helps the mixture blend. Peel the ginger and add. Blitz all of the ingredients to a paste.

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  • While the food processor is running, put a frying pan on a medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil. Finely slice the onion and dice the chicken. Add the onions to the frying pan and cook until they start to soften.
  • By now the paste should be ready and you can add it to the frying pan.
  • Open the tin of coconut milk without shaking it and add the cream solids at the top to the pan. Fry all of this together for a few minutes until you can smell the paste starting to cook.

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  • Add the remaining coconut milk to the pan and give it a good stir to combine it with the rest of the paste. Add the diced chicken.
  • Finely slice the red pepper and add this to the frying pan. Heat the curry until it is bubbling but not quite boiling and then turn the heat down to a simmer and cover.

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  • Gently simmer the sauce for 25-30 mins or so in total. In this time you can prepare the rice.I like to keep the sugar snap peas very crisp so I don’t add them until 5-7 mins before serving.

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  • Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly but there should be no need to salt or pepper. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!!

Thai Curry 10


21 thoughts on “Thai Red Chicken Curry

    1. Hi Jennifer. The chillies are just regular red chillies, which would be milder. I try to use ingredients that are easily available and Thai chillies are not easily found here. You can use whatever chillies you like but be aware of the heat level. This curry is not particularly hot, personally I would like it much hotter but that is not always welcome in my home

  1. This recipe is incredible! I will never go out for a red curry again it’s that good…… so simple to cook as well

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