Today I made a Thai red curry sauce, with chicken and quinoa on the side. I usually use quinoa as a substitute for white rice. …. and I have about 10 pounds of quinoa in my pantry, as my husband could not pass up a chance to buy it in bulk at a much cheaper price.
I love Thai food and good Thai restaurants and often try to replicate Thai dishes at home. After trying many recipes for red curry sauce, experimenting with ingredients and proportions, I came up with this wonderful curry sauce, which is now my “go-to” recipe and is very popular with my family. I’m really glad that I can cook my favorite Thai dishes at home! Because this way I can control so many things on my end: the ingredients I use, for instance, I like to use high quality chicken, cook different types of vegetables, serve quinoa instead of rice and so on.
Thai red curry sauce with chicken, quinoa
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 40 min
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons red curry paste if it is of moderate spiciness, such as Thai Kitchen brand. Use less of red curry paste if using a spicier version of the paste
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar (use more or less sugar, depending on your preference)
- 1 tablespoonlemon grass (or 1 lemon grass stalk)
- 1 large chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper
- basil leaves
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
This recipe makes 2 generous servings.
1) In a medium pan, heat olive oil. Add sliced mushrooms and sliced bell pepper. Cook on high heat for 10 minutes until vegetables soften.
2) In the mean time, cook chicken breast (or use the one already cooked). You can either boil it, or roast it in the oven. After it’s cooked, cut the chicken breast in medium size pieces .
3) Bring coconut milk in a large pan to boil, reduce to simmer. Add 1 tablespoon of curry paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, lemon grass, and stir really well so that curry paste dissolves. Taste your stew and add 2nd tablespoon of curry paste, if desired. For a red curry paste, I usually use the one produced by Thai Kitchen (it’s a popular brand sold in most stores). I like to use frozen lemon grass (chopped lemon grass), which you just add and it remains in the dish. If I were to use a lemon grass stalk – I would remove it at the end of cooking time. Simmer for 30 minutes for all tastes to blend. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add cooked vegetables and sliced chicken breast into the soup, stir well.
4) In the mean time, bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup quinoa to boil, reduce to medium and cook quinoa for 10-15 minutes until all water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked al dente.
5) To serve, pour soup into each bowl, garnish with basil leaves. Serve quinoa in a separate bowl.