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Easy Thai Green Curry Recipe (Chicken) – Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai – Love it!

This authentic Thai Green Curry Recipe is a curry made with coconut milk that comes from the Central Thai region. It is most commonly found made with chicken as the protein but you can swap out the chicken for pork, shrimp, seafood, or beef.

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Thai Green Curry Recipe with Chicken Served with Rice Noodles - Gaeng Keow Wan Gai

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It is also quite commonly made with vegetables like mushrooms or corn or a protein substitute such as tofu. You will often see this dish served during the Jae or vegetarian festivals or at vegetarian restaurants.

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photo of That green curry with rice noodles ready to eat
Beautiful and Delicious Thai Chicken Green Curry with White Rice Noodles – Yummy!

Ingredients for this Thai Green Curry Recipe

  • Chicken Thigh Meat
  • Green Curry Paste
  • Coconut Milk
  • Palm Sugar
  • Fish Sauce
  • Holy Basil
  • Corriander Seeds
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Kaffir Lime Leaf
  • Chili Spur
  • Eggplant
  • Finger Root

Why You Want to Make Delicious Thai Green Curry

  • Easy & quick
  • Super yummy(of course)
  • Can be adjusted to nearly zero spice, if not no spice, and still be authentic
  • Doesn’t require too many ingredients

Thai green curry is available all over Thailand and is popular internationally as well.

It can be eaten with Jasmine Rice or with Rice Noodles or even with roti instead. Personally, I prefer this soupy curry served with rice noodles – it just somehow goes together perfectly!

If you also like Red curry, stay tuned for our recipe – we’re planning on making it. And if you like red curry, it’s very likely that you’ll also like Massaman Curry Recipe. If you are fancying something drier, maybe you can check out our Pad Prik King Moo Recipe. Anyway, let’s continue.

photo of ingredients for Thai green curry with chicken
All the Ingredients you Need for Chicken Green Curry

How to Make Green Curry Step by Step

Step 1 Preparing the Paste

Now you can go about gathering the ingredients and pounding out the green curry paste at home – it’s not that hard but you will probably be missing many of the ingredients from your larder store.

For that reason, and because it is just easier, I prefer to use shop-bought paste or buy it from the local market. If I use shop-bought paste then I always liven it up with some fresh spices. The result is a paste that is almost as good as fresh anyway!

To prepare the paste, take the cumin and coriander seeds and place them in a frying pan. Heat to toast a little until they just begin to jump – if they start smoking get them outta there quick!

photo of Katie with enhanced green curry paste
Freshen up Bought Green Curry Paste with Fresh Ground Cumin & Coriander Seeds

Take your toasted seeds and place them into a mortar. Give them a good bash and grinding with a heavy pestle to turn into a powder. It will smell divine!

Then take the green curry paste and drop it into the mortar with your freshly powdered seeds and mix them together thoroughly.

Presto – fresh and aromatic green curry paste in a couple of minutes tops!

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Roast then Grind Coriander & Cumin Seeds to Freshen Shop Bought Paste

Step 2 Prepare the Chicken

I prefer to use chicken thigh for this recipe because the meat is tastier than chicken breast and because I want the bones for a continual supply of chicken stock – it is stock that makes everything taste soooooo much better.

Some Thai cooks and people out in the sticks use whole chickens which they chop up into small pieces. I hate this idea because it produces bones in every mouthful and chicken bones are sharp and dangerous for my children.

If using thighs, cut out the bones and set aside for stock, and then cut into bite-sized pieces – do the same if using chicken breast.

You can choose to leave the skin on or remove the skin. Bear in mind the chicken is essentially cooked in liquid so the skin will be soft and a little rubbery which is not to some people’s taste. If that’s you get the chicken skin off now.

photo of chicken for curry chopped to the correct sized
Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces – optionally remove the skin

Step 3 Prepare the Spices & Vegetables

You can make Thai green curry with many different kinds of vegetables such as eggplants of any green variety (in Thailand we use Thai eggplants or the smaller marble-sized ones or a mixture of the two), mushrooms, gourd, etc.

If you want to stay traditionally mainstream then use eggplant together with mushrooms if you choose.

Cut the vegetables into fairly large size pieces and if using eggplant then submerge into salted water to prevent browning from oxidation.

photo of eggplants in salt water to prevent browning and kaffir lime leave quartered and bruised
Keep your Eggplants Looking Fresh by Storing in Salt Water after cutting until use – bruise the kaffir lime leaves in your hand

Tear the center spines out from the kaffir lime leaves and break each leaf into quarters, squeezing together in your hands to bruise the leaf and release the freshness and leaf aromas.

Cut the chilis diagonally into slices. You can adjust the spiciness of the dish by removing some or all of the seeds from the chilies and also by the type of chili used, though most commonly we use chili spur for Thai Green Curry which is traditionally not so hot.

The other way of adjusting the heat of the dish is by reducing the green curry paste which is green because it is made from green chilies – just cut the quantity down for a milder creamy green curry.

Easy Thai Green Curry Recipe (Chicken) - Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai - Love it!
Slice the Spur Chili Diagonally – Remove Some or All of the Seeds for Less Chili Heat

Step 4 Cooking the Green Curry Paste

It is important to cook off the green curry paste first before incorporating the other ingredients. To do this add a small amount of the coconut milk into a frying pan – the amount is not critical, just not too much.

This process helps break down the paste to release the full flavor and oils from the paste ingredients. The coconut milk here helps stop the paste burning and reduces it to a slurry to make the next step easy and avoid lumps.

photo of green curry paste being stir-fried in cconut milk
Stir-fry your Green Curry Paste in Coconut Milk to Extract the Taste and Oils before the main Cooking process

Step 5 Making the Thai Green Curry

Once you have your paste cooked off which will take just a couple of minutes, add in further coconut milk, retaining some for later dilution and adjustment of the curry sauce/soup consistency and creaminess in the tasting stage. I typically reserve about one-quarter of the milk.

Speaking of coconut milk, I find the boxed milk perfectly fine for making this curry and in fact a bit better than fresh pressed coconut milk that is readily available to me at the market. The boxed milk is less watery and so allows for more leeway in adjusting the consistency of the finished curry.

Stir together the coconut milk and curry sauce you made in step 4 and bring to a simmer for a few minutes. At this point add in most of the fish sauce and palm sugar to season.

We reserve a little for the tasting stage as it is much easier to add a little more sweetness or savory than try to rescue a dish that you made too sweet or too savory! Let’s not do that!

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Thai Green Curry with Eggplants During Cooking

Once you get to a simmer drop in your chicken and eggplant and other vegetables either at this stage or a little later if, like mushrooms, they need less cooking time.

We also add the kaffir lime leaf with and finger root (if using) at this stage which gives these ingredients time to add taste.

Cook at a fast simmer, with the lid on, for about 8 minutes by which time your chicken and eggplant should be nearly cooked.

Then add the chili spur slices and cook together for a further two minutes ensuring your chicken and eggplant is cooked.

Immediately before serving, turn up the heat until the curry is simmering quickly which will avoid the basil leaves turning black when added. Add in the holy basil and stir into the curry until the leaves wilt (about 1 minute maximum) and serve immediately.

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Thai Green Curry can be eaten with Steamed Jasmine Rice or Rice Noodles like these.

Serving Ideas for Thai Green Curry

I think the best combination is to serve up with white rice noodles. These noodles are made from rice powder and are smooth and silky in your mouth which compliments the creamy curry you are about to devour.

Alternatively, you can eat with freshly steamed Jasmine Rice which also goes very well with any curry including this one.

A third alternative is to eat with roti or another bread-type product if you are looking to reduce your carbohydrate intake.

Obviously, if gluten is something you want to avoid then adapt accordingly. Rice noodles should be gluten-free but do check the packaging as some products are not 100% rice-based and include wheat products so do check carefully.

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Thai Green Curry is not just a dish on its own but also a base sauce for other recipes.

Recipe for Thai Green Curry With Chicken

Thai Green Curry with Chicken – Kaeng Kieow Wan Gai

Phasinee Doddeo

The Video showing this recipe being cooked is near the top of the page – A convenient Jump Link to the video is below the description under here.

Authentic Thai Green curry made with chicken. Deliciously aromatic and creamy curry with a little spiciness offset by the creaminess of wonderful coconut milk.
5 from 1 vote

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4 people
Calories 525 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Ingredients For Enhance Green Curry Paste

Ingredients For Green Curry

Instructions
 

Enhance Green Curry Paste

  • Roast cumin and coriander seed and pound them well then add green curry paste and mix well into a paste and set aside

Preparing the Ingredients

  • Prepare the chicken thighs by removing the bones and optionally the skin. Set the chicken bones aside for stock.
    Cut the deboned chicken thighs or breast (whichever you are using) into bite-sized pieces.
  • Wash the chili spur and remove as many seeds as you wish to reduce the spice level as desired. Then cut into moderately thin diagonal slices.
  • Wash the eggplant and whichever type you are using, remove the stems and cut into bite-sized pieces. I do not recommend using the aubergine colored eggplant for this recipe but rather replace with mushrooms if you cannot obtain green eggplant. The aubergine eggplant will go too mushy.
  • Separate the holy basil leaves from their stems and set aside in a bowl.
  • Remove the leaves from the kaffir stem (if any) and then remove the spine from the leaves. Quarter the leaves and set aside – remember to bruise the leaves by crushing in your hand before adding later.

Method For Thai Green Curry

  • Heat coconut milk to a simmer and cook for about 1 minute. Then add the enhanced green curry paste mix and continue stir fry the paste until the oil separated from the paste which will take about 2 minutes.
  • And add more coconut milk to thin the paste further and cook for another 2 minutes on medium heat until it simmers.
  • Add in the eggplant, chicken, finger root (optionally) and bruised kaffir lime leaf into the sauce and cook with the lid on at a high simmer for about 8 minutes
  • Check the chicken and eggplant are nearly cooked and cook a little longer if necessary. Then add in the sliced spur chili and stir for a further two minutes.
  • Just before serving increase the heat further until not quite boiling then turn off the heat before adding in the basil leaves, stir until wilted no longer than a minute.
  • Serve with rice noodles or freshly steamed Jasmine Rice

Notes

You should be able to buy green eggplants either long or the Thai round style ones from a good local Asian market.
If you cannot find green eggplants, do not be tempted to use the large purple type as it will go too mushy.
Mushrooms are a very common ingredient and you can use instead of or as well as eggplant if you wish.
You can make this recipe vegetarian by replacing the chicken and chicken stock with a vegetarian proteing such as tofu and vegetable stock or water. You should also use vegetarian fish sauce substitute.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1614mgCalcium: 67mgVitamin C: 38mgVitamin A: 1228IUSugar: 12gFiber: 6gPotassium: 1035mgCholesterol: 113mgCalories: 525kcalSaturated Fat: 22gFat: 39gProtein: 25gCarbohydrates: 24gIron: 5mg
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Thai Chicken Green Curry - Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai

Katie in Action

Katie often goes to the local market to get the ingredients we use in the featured recipe. Today here she is getting the chicken thighs for today’s green curry!

photo of Katie at the Local Thai market Buying Chicken for Green Curry
Katie helping mum at the local Thai market getting the chicken thighs for green curry.

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