- 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
- 1 tablespoon canola/peanut oil
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 onion, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced fine
- 3 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
- 1 bunch broccolini, cut into 3-inch pieces
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- In a large rice cooker, cook rice. Set aside.
- Heat canola oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken, onion to the stockpot and cook until golden, about 3-5 minutes.
- Stir in red curry paste and garlic, ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Stir in coconut milk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
- Stir in broccolini until just tender, about 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat; stir in green onions, cilantro and lime juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve immediately with rice.
Kaeng phet literally means spicy curry, but it is known as “red curry” in the West (Wiki). This is a class Thai dish: red curry. The paste I picked up at the local grocery packs a real punch! Apparently Panang curry differs in that it’s sweeter rather than spicier, creamier, and contains peanuts. I would like to try to make Phanaeng curry (possibly refers to the Malaysian island state of Penang) next time. I used green bell pepper instead of the broccolini, subbed mushrooms for the chicken, and added diced turnip because I had it. Unfortunately did not have cilantro or lime on hand, of course, but did have scallions! Somehow missed the garlic, but did add garlic powder (not remotely the same, I know). Spicy, but I can eat it with more rice to balance that out.