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I have long been meaning to replicate a delicious yellow curry I enjoy at a local Thai restaurant here in Seattle. This one, on the first try, is pretty darned close! It's a simple basic yellow chicken curry in the Thai tradition. Delicious, spicy and savory.
"You may not immediately think of spicy curry as a summer dish, but remember, Thailand is generally a pretty hot place. Spicy foods often help you feel cooler, due to the physiological reaction they cause. This recipe is terrific with cilantro, peanuts and lime juice. (Add unsalted peanuts with coconut milk; add peanuts and half a lime, squeezed, right at the end before plating.) Serve with a frosty beer, ideally from Thailand or China. "- stevemur
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Prepare the steamed rice (see other BigOven recipes for this.)
Prepare potatoes: Peel the potatoes, and dice them into even, 1/2" cubes. In a medium saucepan, bring water to rolling boil. Boil for about 4-5 minutes -- do not overcook -- you want them fork-firm -- "al dente", not fully cooked. Run under cold water immediately for a minute or two to stop the cooking. Set aside.
Wash and dry the chicken breasts. Slice them thinly, into bite-size pieces.
In a small container, mix curry paste -- add the minced ginger, minced garlic and curry powder together until blended. Add the salt.
Bring a large saucepan to medium-high heat; add vegetable oil. Saute the sliced onions and red pepper together for 2 minutes, until just tender (not brown), and add the chicken. Cook the chicken over medium-high heat until opaque, not brown, approximately 3-5 minutes more.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the curry paste and stir it in rapidly (don't let it scald on the pan). Add the coconut milk, stir to mix well, add the potatoes and bamboo shoots, and heat over medium heat.
Serve over rice and top with basil, or, for a more traditional presentation, serve it separately with steamed rice, and allow everyone to take their own proportions.
Freezing for advance-meal prep: Just prior to adding the basil, you can cool this recipe, and freeze it (without the basil.). Should keep OK in the freezer for a month or two.
Optional addition -- hot chili sauce, found in the Asian section of most grocery stores, will take the heat up another few notches.
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Aimeelady 7 months agoIts a good meal but the directions were sort of hard to go by since the ingredients were out of order from the instructions. Flavor was good though and it was liked by most everyone.
stevemur 8 months agoReally enjoyed it; backed off on the heat any my 12-year old enjoyed this dish as well.
lawn2000 10 months agoVery little flavor and very thin. I would not make again.
khudson88 1 year agoThis is outstanding! Thank you! I couldn't find the spicy curry or bamboo sprouts, so I added a heaping tablespoon of dried crushed red pepper to 2 T. of regular curry powder and 2 small cans of water chestnut.
Jesse_M 1 year agoVery tasty. I made it for my house, and everyone liked it.
shockney71 1 year agoThis is great. A repatable dinner for my family for years to come.
Buddercup 2 years agoExcellent dish. The flavours are delicious. Great presentation. Will definitely make again and again.
zoesbiz 2 years agoI think there may have been too much curry powder in this dish as it upset my stomach--maybe it was just me though.
geracebe 2 years agoA friend and I made this last night, and it was awesome!! It had great flavor! I will definitely be making this again!
FangAili 2 years agoFriendly suggestions: The ingredients should be listed in the order used. Basil should be specified as dried or fresh. (Now, after dinner and looking closely at the pictures I figure it's supposed to be fresh, but I had no idea. '3 TBSP' sounds like dried to me.) Instructions for bamboo shoots and optional ingredients are missing. The cooking instructions are very good and dinner was a success. It didn't taste like anything I've gotten at a restaurant but I don't know how much of that is recipe-based or cook-based (i.e., me, a curry beginner). One TBSP of fresh ginger was plenty for us--that's all I used and it was pretty ginger-spicy.
Winemaker12 2 years agoI liked this a lot. The potatoes in this we very good
rossthehoss 2 years agoEnjoyed the recipe. I used light coconut milk, so it wasn't as sweet as usual.
stevemur 3 years agoLove this recipe.
amberler54 3 years agoDelicious! Tastes just like a restaurant!
luciddream111 3 years agoThis recipe is amazing! I'm a huge fan of curry and I must say that this recipe taste way better than any thai restaurants curry that I have tried. My husband keeps craving it since I made it and today I'm making a double batch so we have leftovers for days. I've never tried curry with red peppers and it was delightful. Thanks for the great recipe.
cookbbcook 3 years agoAbsolutely delicious! Not a fan of bamboo shoots or red bell pepper, so I kept those out and it still turned out great! I also added peas and the optional cilantro. Topped it off with squeezed lime juice. Thanks for the recipe!! Definitely will make again.
stevemur 3 years ago@smacryan -- Sorry you had a too-salty dish! I'm not sure why it was too salty -- was your curry powder one with salt in it? (Mine doesn't have salt in it). Or coconut milk? Also, the powder shouldn't be added at the very end -- it needs to be added with the milk... @dvnt -- I'm not a fan of pre-flavored curry/milk combinations. I think I know which chicken curry you're talking about, and the one I was trying to replicate has a much fresher, brighter flavor. Thanks for the suggestion though!
dvnt 3 years agoThe thing is Steve that if you live in Seattle and trying to mimic the Thai Restaurant then you would know that you can get the yellow curry paste at Uwajimaya for 3-4 dollars. Its a can and the curry paste is pretty thick but has all the ingredients mixed together, all you do is mix that with the coconut milk and then follow with potatoes and chicken. So that the chicken gets the flavor of the curry in the meat. Thats how they do it in about all restaurants in Seattle and Bellevue area.
smacryan 3 years agoThis was too salty for my family's taste. No one ate more than a couple bites. I suggest reducing or removing salt. The curry was also gritty from the powder. Maybe that could be fixed by pre-mixing with the coconut milk?
Vickimouse61 3 years agoSimple but very, very good. I kept part of the recipe aside and did not put chicken in that pot, for my daughter who is vegetarian - and that worked too! Thanks Steve!