Green Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

Green Thai Chicken Coconut Curry is one of my very favorite meals. Sweet and creamy, spicy to taste, and pungent with just the right amount of salt… it’s a recipe that you’ve got to try.

Thomas and I had a best friend couple in college (and we still love them though they live way too far from us). It was one of those relationships that you just cherish. They were our next door neighbors, we were both newly weds, our husbands were both in the Engineering program and studied constantly together, and we ate dinner at our place 3-5 nights a week together. It was awesome! I’d call Rivka to see what she had in the fridge and I’d make something based on our mutual ingredients. Some days one of us would cook the main dish and the other make the bread, salad, and/or dessert. It was such a fun arrangement and worked really well for us all.

I had never tried curry, in any form, until after this wonderful nightly dinner party plan was hatched. I don’t think there were a lot of curry joints in Southern Indiana and it is certainly something my mom never made. One magical day Rivka made this curry, served over hot rice, with cilantro and lime. Magic, I tell you. I’ve loved curry, in all forms, ever since.

This was a recipe that I never made for years. I would always ask Rivka to make it and it was often what I requested for my birthday dinner. It wasn’t until after they moved to Chicago from BYU that I had to make it on my own, and I dare say, I make it very well now. This is one of our favorite dishes and we eat it at least once a month. It takes a few oddball ingredients, but I don’t mind finding and buying them because I know I’ll use them over and over again, even if they are just for this dish.

The recipe is very flexible, so read the notes in the recipe if you are curious about substituting veggies and things. You can’t really go wrong with this one. And if you are looking for another great curry recipe, you might like my Curried Coconut Chicken with Squash and Dried Cherries. Mmmm.

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Green Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8


  • 1/4 cup oil (oil, peanut, coconut)
  • 2-5 T. green curry paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 T. fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 3 T. fish sauce
  • 3 T. soy sauce
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 4 potatoes, cubed
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes cut into wedges
  • hot cooked rice


  1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven heat the oil and green curry paste over medium heat. Stir to combine and cook for 3-5 minutes. You are giving the oil and curry paste a chance to merry and this is an important step. Add the onions and garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes over medium heat. If the mixture seems to be sticking to the bottom of the pan just add a little more oil as needed. A little sticking is ok, but you don’t want to burn it.
  2. Add the raw chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add the ginger, coconut milk, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Stir to combine. Add the potatoes and carrots. Allow the the curry to gently simmer, uncovered, until the mixture thickens and the vegetables are cooked through, 45 minutes to an hour. Add the pea 5 minutes before serving.
  3. To serve, dish the hot curry on top of hot rice and then sprinkle with chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, and if it needs more salt, additional fish sauce on top.


The cilantro, lime, and fish sauce aren’t optional garnishes, they really make the dish and it wouldn’t taste nearly as good without them.

Curry is one of those things that only improve with time. The longer it can cook the better. It’s always phenomenal the second day, so plan on left overs.

I’ve never been to Thailand, and I have no idea what vegetables traditional curry has in it. Potatoes are a great base, but feel free to add just about anything else you have on hand. Sometimes I don’t add chicken either… just skip that step and add lots more veggies.

Curry pastes varies from brand to brand. Ask around for suggestions of friends, hit up the local Asian market, and when you find a good one stick with it!

The spiciness in this dish comes from the curry paste, so if you don’t like it hot start with less. If you like a little heat add a bit more. We like a medium heat and I’ll normally do about 3 tablespoons of curry paste. It has a kick but isn’t so hot my kids won’t eat it, it would be way too hot for my Mother-in-law though…

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And just because I can… This recipe is floating around in my archives somewhere and this is the old picture for it. Aren’t you glad things are improving!

Have a great day and thanks so much for reading. I also picked a winner for that great cookbook! Congrats to Staci. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. It was a ton of fun for me, but don’t worry, I have lots of giveaways like that this month, so stick around.

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33 Responses
    1. Melissa

      I actually thought of you when I made this. I leave out the chicken a lot and it is so good. Do vegetarian husbands eat curry paste and fish sauce?! That bowl is so fun and like $3 at Ikea 🙂 I can mail you one if you need it…

    1. Melissa

      Either or! I’ve used olive oil before and I’m sure vegetable oil would work great too. Did you ever make the mexican rice in the rice cooker?!

    1. Melissa

      Thanks for the invite! I don’t have a party page though and always feel like I can’t link up… what do people without a page normally do?! Thanks! M.

  1. Melissa, I had it on my menu for last night to go w/ taco salad . . . and completely forgot. I was so bummed. But we have mexican food every week so i’ll bump it to next week. This mom brain of mine. I also forgot the lasagna noodles and that was for lasagna for the elders! Whoops!

  2. Okay everyone, I made this tonight and it is AMAZING! I followed the recipe almost exactly, using chicken thighs instead of breast (all I had) and subbing snow peas for regular peas. I used the minimum 2 Tbsp of curry paste and it wasn’t hardly spicy at all, which was good for my kids. I’m telling you guys, this recipe is EXCELLENT! Don’t let the fish sauce’s smell scare you. It all comes together for a taste explosion. Thanks, Melissa!

    1. Melissa

      I’ve been using Mae Ploy Green Curry Paste for a few years now. It’s the only kind I can get unless I want to drive over 2 hours to another curry paste carrying store 🙂 It’s pretty normal! I like it just fine. There was another brand that my friend’s sister used to send us from Seattle and it was amazing. I’ll ask her what it was 🙂

  3. Anna

    I made this last night and it was great!! I’ve made other recipes before that do not compare to restuarants, but this one was awesome! Thank you, thank you. My go-to green curry recipe now. 🙂

    1. Melissa

      Thank you! Good for you for making it in the summer… Husband has been begging for it and it’s just too hot for me to want it. LOL. He’ll be happy when I’m in the mood again because we LOVE this recipe too!

  4. Lori

    this was excellent! I will definitely make this again. I used Thai Kitchen Green Curry paste and it was very good. Thank you for the recipe!

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  6. Renee

    My husband is such a picky eater… I always say he could order off the kids’ menu at restaurants. I didn’t tell him much about the recipe when I made this, other than “chicken, coconut milk, and rice.” Anyway, he loved this! Such a simple meal to make! My two little boys (ages 4 & 6) ate it as well without a fuss. Definitely keeping this recipe! Thank you!!

  7. Amanda

    Help!! I was so excited about this recipe and it was going so perfectly until I added the peas and then all of the sudden my sauce separated and became an oily mess. I don’t know if I overcooked it but it seemed to happen right after I added the peas. It still tastes amazing, just does not look as pretty. Any tips?

    1. That is crazy! I’m so sorry! I make this dish all of the time (we had it Tuesday of this week) and have never ever had is separate. Did you use a light coconut milk? Mine is a full fat and it’s always stayed together. Hmmm… skip the peas next time (does a rush of cold normally make things separate?) If you can’t tell I don’t know what happened, but that’s the pits. I do hope you make it again though, it’s so good!

  8. Amanda

    It is very strange! I used normal coconut milk. I will plan on making it again because it does taste good its just not as saucy now. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe though !! I love your blog, I made the best baked chicken legs and they were delicious!!

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  10. Laura

    We loved this dish!! I also have had mixed success with curries at home, but this was just fantastic and even better the second day. It was probably my particular brand of fish and soy sauces at work, but I found it a bit too salty at first and added about a cup of chicken stock to balance it out. I will just cut back a touch on the soy and fish sauces next time. I like that (while also flexible), this recipe calls for vegetables I always have on hand. That means I can whip this up last minute! Thanks so much for a great recipe!

    1. Yay! We love this one too and make it often. Good call on adding a little chicken stock, and thank you for noting that in case anyone else runs into that issue. Enjoy from my kitchen to yours friend!

  11. Liza

    First of all, I LOVE this recipe! I haven’t looked through the other comments but I was wondering how many calories per serving? And how big is a serving? Thanks!!

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