Curry in a Hurry
This is such a favorite fallback of mine, I would never be without the staples I need to make it: coconut milk and green curry paste in the cupboard; various packages of green vegetables in the freezer. Of course, there are the other bits and pieces, too, but these are the main ones. The chicken thigh fillets I buy as and when I need them. If you want to make this with fresh vegetables rather than frozen, then up the water (keeping the amount of stock the same) and indeed I would double it to 2 cups. This is what to cook when you find out midafternoon that you’ve somehow acquired 6 people for dinner.
Total Timeunder 30 minutes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher
Taste and Texturecreamy, hot & spicy, salty
- 2 tablespoons canola or other vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
- 3–4 tablespoons green Thai curry paste
- 2¼ lbs chicken thigh fillets, cut into strips about 1½ inches by ¾ inch
- 1 14-oz can coconut milk
- 1 cup boiling water
- Enough chicken stock from bouillon or concentrate to make 2 cups
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1½ cups frozen peas
- 1½ cups frozen soybeans
- 1½ cups frozen slender beans
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Cooked rice or noodles, to serve
- Lime wedges
Heat the oil in a large saucepan, one that owns a lid, and drop in the scallions. Cook, stirring for a minute or two, and then add the curry paste.
Add the chicken pieces and keep turning over heat for 2 minutes before adding the coconut milk, stock (or rather water and chicken bouillon or concentrate), and fish sauce, and then the frozen peas and soybeans.
Simmer for 10 minutes covered, then add the frozen beans and cook for another 3–5 minutes.
Serve with rice or noodles, as wished, sprinkling over the cilantro as you do so. Put a plate of lime wedges for people to squeeze over as they eat.
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