When I have the time, I love to make Thai curry from scratch (which includes grinding my own chili paste in a mortar and pestle, etc.). When I don’t have the time, but am in the mood for Thai curry, I make this version. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and almost as good as the traditional version. Give it a try!
1 14oz can lite coconut milk
2 Tbsp store-bought red Thai curry paste
2 Thai chilies, seeded and cut into very fine julienne strips
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise down the middle of the breast, then thinly sliced crosswise
1 Tbsp (packed) brown sugar
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp salt
2 kaffir lime leaves, stem/spine removed, then very thinly shredded
3/4 cup thinly sliced Thai basil
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Heat 1/4 cup of the coconut milk and curry paste in a wok or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture has reached a boil, add the chilies and onion, and saute for 5 minutes.
Add the chicken, sugar, fish sauce, salt and lime leaves and the rest of the coconut milk to the wok. Bring to a boil and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the basil and lime juice, and simmer for an additional minute. Serve hot with steamed jasmine rice.