Thai Yellow Curry
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Thai Yellow Curry is easy to make at home in only 20 minutes! This recipe is made with chicken, but extra veggies can be swapped in for a vegetarian curry. The sauce is so delicious, you’ll feel like you’re eating at your favorite Thai restaurant!
Are you constantly dreaming that Thai food takeout will magically appear in your kitchen for dinner? No, just me? Either way, this recipe for Thai Yellow Curry will give you that delicious, straight-from-your-favorite-Thai-restaurant taste without ever leaving your kitchen! The best news is, it’s made in just 20 minutes!
For a few years now, I’ve been working on perfecting my favorite Thai recipes at home. I successfully created amazing versions of my favorite noodle dishes, Spicy Vegetable Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles. Now it was time to recreate my favorite curry dish!
Table of contents
Step by step instructions
- Add coconut oil to a large pot on the stove over medium high heat. If coconut oil is not available, olive oil can be used instead.
- Add large diced onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add yellow curry paste and cook for 2 minutes. Pour two cans of coconut milk into the pot.
- Quick Tip: Coconut cream can be used in place of coconut milk to make a thicker sauce.
- Bring the coconut milk or cream to a simmer, then add diced bell peppers and carrots. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add sliced chicken breast to the sauce and simmer for an additional 6-8 minutes.
- For a vegetarian curry, add more veggies with the bell peppers and carrots. Eggplant, zucchini, red potatoes and broccoli are all great additions to this dish.
- Stir brown sugar, fish sauce and lime juice into the curry. If making this recipe vegetarian, omit the fish sauce and instead add one teaspoon of soy sauce.
What yellow curry paste to use
Yellow Thai Curry is slightly sweet and mild in flavor, but can be kicked up to your desired spice level with the addition of Thai chilies. I use Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste, which can be found at some grocery stores, Asian markets or online. I purchase a large container of it, as it will keep in the fridge sealed and covered for up to 2 years.
Out of all the pre-made curry pastes I’ve tried, this one definitely has the best flavor and the most similar taste to what you’d get at a Thai restaurant.
It’s also vegan and gluten free, so it’s great for making vegan and vegetarian curries! Using a pre-made curry paste makes this recipe so simple and easy to toss together any night of the week!
I like to serve the Thai Yellow Curry over cooked jasmine rice with pan fried roti bread for dipping. You could also serve it with quinoa, brown rice or rice noodles. For a healthy low carb option, serve the curry over cauliflower rice instead.
Frequently asked questions
Yellow curry is not spicy, it’s mild and slightly sweet. If you like a little heat in your curry, add 1-2 diced Thai chilies with the onions. This will take the curry to about a 5 on the 1-10 Thai restaurant spice level.
If you like a lot of heat in your curry, add 3-4 diced Thai chilies. This will take the curry to about an 8 on the 1-10 spice level.
Red curry is spicier than yellow curry. Red curry gets its color from the ground red chilies used in the sauce. Yellow curry gets it’s golden color from the spice turmeric, which is found in the yellow curry paste.
Yellow curry is high in vitamins A and C and iron. But it is also high in fat from the coconut milk. To reduce the fat and calories by two-thirds, use lite coconut milk. It won’t have quite the creaminess of full-fat coconut milk, but is a great way to cut calories and fat.
More authentic curry recipes
- Thai Green Avocado Curry
- Red Curry Shrimp
- Indian Curry Chicken Tacos
- Green Curry Chicken Fried Rice
- Asian Lamb Meatballs in Green Curry Sauce
More easy chicken recipes
- Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne
- Buffalo Chicken Wrap – easy to make in 10 minutes!
- Chinese Honey Chicken – when it comes to gluten free chicken recipes, this is the best!
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers – a wonderful whole30 recipe!
- Spinach Mushroom Chicken
- Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls
Thai Yellow Curry
- Add the coconut oil to a large pot over medium high heat.
- Add the onion and saute 2-3 minutes.
- Add the yellow curry paste and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
- Add the bell pepper and carrots, simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the chicken and continue simmering for 6-8 minutes.
- Stir in the brown sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.
- Remove from the heat and serve.
- Coconut cream can be used in place of coconut milk to make a thicker sauce.
- For a vegetarian curry, replace the pound of chicken with 1 pound of sliced or diced vegetables, like eggplant, zucchini, red potatoes or broccoli.
- My favorite brand of yellow curry paste is Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste. It’s easy to find online, at some major grocery stores and in Asian markets.
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