Thai Red Chicken Curry with Butternut Squash
Thai red chicken curry with butternut squash is a classic and a great favourite of mine. The colouring effect of the squash results in a curry that is orange rather than red; however it is still very definitely a Thai red curry. And if that sounds confusing, what you have to know is that in Thai when we refer to a red or green curry we are talking about the colour of the chilies we use to make the curry paste, not the colour of the finished curry. You can chop and change the ratio of chicken to squash in the recipe as you wish, or even omit the chicken altogether if you prefer. The kaffir lime leaves are optional and if you scroll to the bottom you will see where to buy them and how to prepare them.
One packet of red curry paste
300 g of butternut squash
1 can of coconut milk
500 g of chicken thighs sliced.
Cut the butternut squash into chunks and place in a saucepan with just enough water to cover the squash. Bring to a boil and simmer until just tender when pierced with a fork. This will normally be around 10 minutes. Drain the butternut squash and set aside.
In a separate pan heat the red curry paste until it starts to bubble.
Add half the can of coconut milk and heat again until it bubbles.
Add the sliced chicken thighs and stir through.
Cover and simmer gently for around 8 minutes.
Add the remainder of the coconut milk and stir.
Add the butternut squash and some of the chopped peppers, reserving some to garnish the dish, and cook for around another 8 minutes, check that the squash is tender.
Serve with the reserved peppers.
(Optional) I’m also using some finely cut kaffir lime leaves, if you want to do likewise then check out this page on where to buy them, Kaffir Lime Leaves. Prepare the kaffir lime leaves by rolling several of them together and then chopping them finely into strips with a sharp knife as in the picture below.
I also like to serve this dish with a basic Thai “prik nam pla”. This consists of equal amounts of Thai fish sauce and fresh lime juice into which a couple of chilies are chopped. This is optional depending on how spicy you like your food!
Leave a comment
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Also in Recipe Blog
This is a totally delicious way to serve roast chicken as well as being very simple to prepare. Cooking a whole chicken this way is practised in various forms throughout Asia, sometimes pot roasted, sometimes over hot coals and with many different curry pastes. Often cooked in the home, rather than restaurants, which is probably the reason why many Westerners are not familiar with the dish. Well, now is the time to change that and I promise you that you won't regret it!
This is a dish that is incredibly easy and quick to prepare. If you have a bag of frozen seafood in the freezer and the whole dish can come together in the time it takes to cook the rice. Talking of rice, I find myself increasingly turning to black rice
This is as fiery as it gets for a Thai curry, it is way more spicy than most people can handle. It is also one of the simplest Thai curries to prepare, Jungle curries, or more accurately, forest curries, were traditionally made with whatever was to hand so your choice of meats and vegetables comes down to whatever you wish to put in it.