Penang Coconut Chicken Curry

    35 minutes

    This is a spicy coconut based chicken curry. Penang refers to the island of Penang in Northern Malaysia bordering Southern Thailand.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 5 tablespoons Panang curry paste
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 4 cups (1 litre) coconut milk
    • 335g skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
    • 2 tablespoons palm sugar
    • 2 tablespoons fish sauce, or to taste
    • 6 kaffir lime leaves, torn
    • 2 fresh red chillies, sliced
    • 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil leaves

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Fry the curry paste in the oil in a large frypan or wok over medium heat until fragrant. Stir the coconut milk into the curry paste and bring to a boil.
    2. Add the chicken then cook and stir until the chicken is nearly cooked through; 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Stir the palm sugar, fish sauce and lime leaves into the mixture; simmer together for 5 minutes.
    4. Taste and adjust the saltiness by adding more fish sauce if necessary. Garnish with sliced red chillies and Thai basil leaves to serve.

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    YUM! only used 400g tin of coconut milk, it was plenty. Also added snow peas, red capsicum and some finely sliced carrots. Delicious.  -  31 Jul 2012


    I am not confident with curries so followed this recipe strictly. it was so easy and quick to make, and my grandson; who orders Chicken Penang whenever they dine at asian restaurants; loved it and had numerous helpings. I will definately make it again.  -  24 Jul 2011


    Made the penang curry it was as gd as any Thai Restaurant could make, thanks for the recipe will make again I made the curry as yr recipe  -  23 Jan 2017