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best Thai chicken Panang curry served with steamed rice in white ceramic bowl
Best Thai Panang Curry Recipe With Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Thai chicken panang curry is a rich curry with complex flavors. You’ll need under 30 minutes to make this bright and hearty Thai Panang Curry.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Keyword: Thai Curry, Chicken Curry
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 460 kcal
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thigh boneless, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 green bell peppers chopped
  • 1 red bell peppers chopped
  • 1/2 inch galangal roughly sliced
  • 1 inch lemongrass roughly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small jar Thai Panang curry paste measured to about 4 ½ tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 pinch nutmeg powder optional
  • Salt to taste if required
  • 2 teaspoon palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 6-8 kaffir lime leave crushed
  • 2 cups coconut milk thick
  • 1/4 cup Thai basil leaves
  1. Heat skillet or deep bottom pan. Add coconut oil and wait until oil melts.
  2. Sauté finely chopped onions in hot coconut oil until onion is translucent.
  3. Add roughly chopped galangal, lemon grass.

  4. Add minced garlic, red and green bell peppers. Cook for 2 minutes constantly stirring.
  5. Push veggies to one side of the pan. Add washed and cleaned chicken things. Cook until chicken browns a bit and changes colour.
  6. Mix chicken and veggies together. Continue cooking it for a minute more.
  7. Again gather chicken veggie mix to one side of the pan. Scoop out Thai Panang curry paste ( or Thai red curry paste) to empty side of pan. Stir the paste and fry it in oil. Wait until oil separates from the paste. 

    Pro-Tip : Do not skip frying curry paste in oil. Flavors cone out and curry turns delicious with this step.

  8. Stir in unsweetened peanut butter, fish sauce and palm sugar. Nutmeg powder to be added now if using. 

    Take Kaffir lime leaves on your palm and crush it. Add crushed kaffir lime leaves to the pan. 

    Note - If you can’t get palm sugar , substitute with brown sugar or jaggery.  Crushing kaffir lime leaves helps release its wonderful aromatic oil, making Panang curry flavorsome.

  9. Cook stirring regularly for 2 minutes.
  10. Simmer flame. Pour in thick coconut milk. Give it a good stir.
  11. Let it cook for 5-7 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
  12. Add few Thai basil leaves. Stir.
  13. Turn off flame. Thai Chicken Panang Curry is ready.
  14. It’s great when served with steamed jasmine rice.
  15. You can also serve Thai Panang curry with rice noodles.
Nutrition Facts
Best Thai Panang Curry Recipe With Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 271mg 11%
Potassium 534mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 17.2%
Vitamin C 53.8%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 20.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.