Green Curry Chicken

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut in 8 wedges
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut in 8 wedges
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, white bulb only
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons Thai green curry paste, recipe follows
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 cups unsweetened coconut milk, 2 (13.5 ounce) cans
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in 1-inch strips
  • Sea salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Fresh Thai basil leaves
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Thai Green Curry Paste:
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 8 fresh Thai green chiles
  • 2 shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Small handful of fresh cilantro sprigs
  • 2 -inch piece galangal, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 lemon grass stalks, white part only, coarsely chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, torn
  • 2 teaspoons dried shrimp paste
  • 1/2 cup water
Directions

Place a large, deep skillet over medium heat and coat with the oil. Saute the onion and green peppers for 3 minutes to soften. Split the piece of lemongrass down the middle and whack it with the flat side of a knife to open the flavor. Add the lemongrass, ginger, curry paste and lime leaves to the skillet and stir for 2 minutes. Pour in the coconut milk and chicken broth. Lay the chicken pieces in the mixture to poach; add a pinch of salt. Stir together and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze in the lime juice and shower with basil and cilantro; serve in dinner bowls with lime wedges.

Thai Green Curry Paste:

Heat the coriander, cumin seeds, and peppercorns in a small dry skillet for 2 minutes until fragrant. Put the seeds in a clean coffee grinder or spice mill and buzz the spices to a powder.

Put the spice blend and remaining ingredients in a food processor, and pulse to combine. Pour in the water to help grind everything down into a paste.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups


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