A hearty, comforting thai chicken curry with rice & greens to keep these December nights warm! Sweet coconut milk, spicy curry paste, and lots of aromatics…this dish packs so much flavor into one pot and comes together effortlessly. Perfect for any night of the week.
I never ate or cooked much Thai food before culinary school. One of our classes was focused on the cuisines of Asia, and the food of Thailand was my favorite. Curries in particular. Not only do I love coconut milk, and that is the base for most Thai curries, but the dish amazed me with how simple in preparation it was, yet full of so much complex flavor…the sweetness from the coconut, the depth from the fish sauce, the tanginess from the lime. Everything balances out into a uniquely tasting, rich sauce that coats the seared chicken and vegetables.
I’m using red peppers, carrots, and baby kale here…but you can truly throw any vegetables you’d like into this versatile dish. Everything cooks in one pot and then gets ladled over some lemongrass scented jasmine rice.
And the best part? ALL the toppings – cilantro, scallions, some yogurt, pomegranate seeds, and extra lime juice. So good, so easy, and just the simplest dinner to throw together that’s healthy, yet so comforting for a chilly night!Print
Thai Chicken Curry with Rice & Greens
seared chicken and greens in a creamy coconut thai red curry sauce served over lemongrass scented rice
Lemongrass Scented Rice
- 1 ½ cups jasmine rice
- 2 ¼ cups chicken stock
- kosher salt
- 3” lemongrass stalk
- 1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1” pieces
- kosher salt
- neutral oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
- 1 red fresno chile, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 lb carrots, peeled + sliced ¼”
- 2 tbsp red curry paste
- 2 (13.5 fl oz) cans coconut milk
- ½ cup chicken stock
- 2 large handfuls greens (spinach, baby kale, etc.)
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- toppings: greek yogurt, scallions, cilantro leaves, pomegranate seeds, lime wedges
Lemongrass Scented Rice
- Combine the jasmine rice with the chicken stock and a pinch of salt in a small pot.
- Take the piece of lemongrass and bruise it with the back of your knife, smashing it so that all the oils release. Add to the pot.
- Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, stir well, and cover the pot. Cook for about 18 minutes until the liquid has absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork. Keep warm.
Thai Chicken Curry
- Pat the chicken dry and season with a pinch of salt. Heat a large, heavy-bottom pot (or Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to just coat the bottom of the pot.
- Working in batches, sear the chicken until browned, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and reserve.
- Lower the heat to medium and add the onions and red peppers to the pot. Sauté for about 8 minutes until beginning to caramelize. Stir in the red fresno chiles, garlic, and ginger. Cook for another minute or so.
- Add the carrots and red curry paste. Stir well and allow the curry paste to cook for a minute or so. Whisk in the coconut milk and chicken stock. Add the chicken back to the pot. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the curry sauce has reduced.
- Stir in the greens, fish sauce, and lime juice. Let the greens wilt. Serve the chicken curry over the rice and top with a dollop of yogurt, scallions, cilantro leaves, pomegranate seeds, and an extra squeeze of lime juice.