Well, here we go - that ubiquitous favourite, popular in restaurants, gastropubs and even my local Chinese takeaway...
Ladies and Gentlemen, won't you please pick up your cutlery for...
Thai. Green. Chicken. Cuuuurrrrrrrrry!!!!!!!!!
But seriously - this is one of those dishes where there is a reason why it is so popular. It is gorgeous, a perfect fit for the four fundamentals of Thai cuisine: hot, salty, sweet and sour.
And ever so easy to make (especially with the help of my old friend Mae Ploy!) With a food processor, making curry paste is one of the easiest and quickest things in the world. However, it can also get expensive if you have to buy all the ingredients from scratch, and many pre-made Thai curry pastes are excellent, quick and cheap! (I'm starting to feel like Delia now... must shut up!) Anyway, enough of the self-justification for buying something that isn't completely 'from scratch' ;)
Serves 4-6 depending on portion size!
- 4 chicken breasts, diced
- 1 red pepper
- 1/2 courgette, cut into chunks and fried over a very hot heat for a few minutes
- 1/2 aubergine, cut into chunks and fried over a very hot heat for a few minutes
- 3 lime leaves, shredded
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1" piece ginger, grated
- 3 tbsp curry paste
- 1 400ml tin coconut milk, or two small ones
- Oil to fry
Stir in the remaining coconut milk and the red peppers, then turn to a simmer. Allow to simmer uncovered for about 6 minutes - until the peppers are slightly softened, but still have a good 'bite'.
Add the aubergine and courgette, simmer for another couple of minutes and serve over steamed rice.
How easy was that!