Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken

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Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken is the ultimate comfort food. Yukon gold potatoes, pearl onions, sliced carrots, and bite-sized pieces of chicken soak up all the wonderful creaminess of curry, coconut cream, and coconut milk, making each bite heaven.

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Luckily, most of the hard work is already done. Last week’s post detailed how to make, Thai Yellow Curry Paste, the essential and most important ingredient.

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Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken

I decided to use frozen pearl onions instead of the common onion stir-fry cut. And they’re my new favorite thing.

They are like little bursts of flavor in dishes. I make sure I pour them into a strainer and let them defrost at room temperature. This makes sure all that excess frozen water is drained away.

Cutting the chicken into bite-sized pieces is a chore and always takes me forever to do. I hate it. To make this chore easier, it helps if the chicken is still partially frozen.

Horizontal side shot of a bowl filled with rice and Thai yellow curry with chicken.

This recipe makes a lot. The first time I made it, it was the perfect serving size for 5. Only there wasn’t enough chicken and the leftovers did not have very much sauce.

If I decreased everything else to make the chicken ratio more perfect, there wouldn’t be enough to serve five.

So I increased the chicken and sauce by half and kept everything else the same. The ratio of sauce, chicken, potatoes, onions, and carrots was perfect but…wow it made a lot. But whatever. More for the family, friends, and me. More for everyone.

Other Things to Make with Curry Paste

Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken is amazing, even more so if you take the extra time to make the curry paste from scratch. There are a lot of benefits to taking the extra time and effort to do so:

  • The flavor is out of this world better.
  • YOU have all the control.
  • It can be a quick and easy flavor enhancer to ANY dish once it’s made.

Check out these recipes to find out how else you can use Thai yellow curry paste.

Your cooking will have so much awesome flavor if it becomes an essential part of your pantry.

5 from 1 vote

Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken

Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken is the ultimate comfort food. Yukon gold potatoes, pearl onions, sliced carrots, and bite-sized pieces of chicken soak up all the wonderful creaminess of curry, coconut cream, and coconut milk, making each bite heaven.
Servings 16
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 14 ounces frozen pearl onions thawed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1.5 cups Thai yellow curry paste
  • 12 Yukon gold potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces (I quarter them)
  • 3 and 1/4 cups coconut cream ultra-high temperature-UHT
  • 1.5 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 large carrots sliced
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons fish sauce

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil on medium heat in a large dutch oven.
  • Once hot, add the thawed pearl onions and sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Add the chicken and curry paste and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and stir to coat.
  • Add the coconut cream, coconut milk, and water to the pot. Turn the heat to high. Once it starts to simmer, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and simmer for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Stir in the fish sauce and the coconut sugar.
  • Serve with rice.

Notes

Put the pearl onions in a strainer and defrost them at room temperature. This makes sure all the excess water drains away.
This recipe makes a lot. Cut the recipe in half or freeze the leftovers (I’ve done this and it’s still amazing tasting).
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Thai Cuisine
Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken is the ultimate comfort food. Yukon gold potatoes, pearl onions, sliced carrots, and bite-sized pieces of chicken soak up all the wonderful creaminess of curry, coconut cream, and coconut milk, making each bite heaven. | www.megiswell.com
Thai Yellow Curry with Chicken is the ultimate comfort food. Yukon gold potatoes, pearl onions, sliced carrots, and bite-sized pieces of chicken soak up all the wonderful creaminess of curry, coconut cream, and coconut milk, making each bite heaven. | #curryrecipe #thaiyellowcurry | www.megiswell.com

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  1. I love those pearl onions too! Perfect size for dishes and no prep work!! This looks like the perfect mid-week meal and since my kids are still iffy on new spices I won’t have to share!

  2. This sounds incredible! I cannot wait to try this because this is my very favorite Thai dish!

  3. Oh wow this curry looks and sounds so so delicious! I really need to try my hand at making thai yellow curry paste! Yum 🙂

    1. Thanks, Sasha, and it’s by far my most used flavor staple now, I can’t live without it!

  4. 5 stars
    This looks gorgeous Megan! I love making my own curries but haven’t tried making my own Thai yellow paste yet, I’ll definitely give it a go now!

    1. Thanks, Michelle, making curries is so much fun!

  5. This seems like something I need to make! I love that you also shared the recipe for how to make Yellow Curry Paste!! Pinning!!

    1. It’s so good! And I had to share the recipe for Thai Yellow Curry Paste because it’s really the star! I use it in so many things!

  6. 5 stars
    Your blog is absolutely amazing, I love the recipes, the pictures, the design. And of course your curry is so appetizing! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! It’s so nice to hear from you and I’m glad you like everything. I’m so sorry it took me a while to respond! I must have missed the notifications.

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