Pantry Friendly quick and easy 30 Minute Chicken Panang Curry tastes better than your favorite restaurant at a fraction of the price with easy to find ingredients!
I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, especially as we celebrated my 16th lung transplant anniversary yesterday! I have now lived as long with my new lungs as I did with my diseased ones thanks to continuous miracles. I posted a little about it on Instagram HERE. When my husband saw the photo, he said, “oh, that’s graphic!” But I wanted to share just how miraculous of a journey it has been for which I am grateful every single day or as more eloquently said in my book, “My Heroes Ask Wallflowers to Dance” ) (2012):
I am grateful every single day to be alive. I am grateful to breathe deeply. I am grateful to have found my sweetheart and I am so grateful I still get to spend time with him. I feel as though my mind is no longer set on cruise control; rather, I am an appreciative participant in every breath, in every task, in every joy…Being grateful chases away despair, negativity and hopelessness and instead transforms “what we do have into enough and more.”13 …A favorite proverb of mine reads, “I complained because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.”
I truly believe we are only as happy as we are grateful, and to me, everyday is Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for enjoying this journey with me and for your continuous support!
So while Chicken Panang Curry might seem random to share along with my lung transplant anniversary, the two actually belong together because I order Chicken Panang Curry almost every double lung transplant anniversary – and every time we visit my favorite Thai restaurant – its my absolute favorite Thai dish! The silky, creamy coconut milk with splashes of lime, fresh basil, tender chicken and crisp peppers all infused with the complex and satisfying flavorings of Panang Curry Paste are so addictingly delicious, I can never get enough! And that’s why I bring you my own version of intoxicatingly delicious Chicken Panang Curry.
I have been making my own version of Chicken Panang Curry at home for years now, and you will be amazed at how much this tastes just like the restaurant version – if not better than most. When I was perfecting my recipe, however, I found my local stores did not often carry the authentic Panang Curry ingredients of palm sugar, Kaffir lime leaves and Thai basil leaves. So after research and experimenting, I came up with my own “pantry friendly” version using easy substitutes. The only ingredient that you might have to order or purchase at a specialty store is the Panang Curry Paste ( I use this Panang Curry Paste by Mae Ploy) – because you simply can’t make Panang Curry without it! Once you have the paste, however, it will stay good in the refrigerator for some time so you can make your very own Chicken Panang Curry straight from your pantry anytime you feel like it – which will be very often.
I hope you love this Chicken Panang Curry as much as me – or at least a fraction of my love – because then you will love it A LOT!
- 1 tablespoon coconut/olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Panang curry paste (I use Mae Ploy - link below recipe)
- 2 pounds chicken breasts, thinly sliced into 1/8” slices against the grain**
- 3 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 14 oz. cans quality coconut milk (Chaokoh is my favorite)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn
- fresh basil
- fresh lime juice
- Sriracha/Asian hot chili sauce
- Heat oil over medium high heat in large nonstick skillet. Add curry paste and saute for 1 minute.
- Add sliced chicken and cook just until chicken is no longer pink. Add ginger and garlic and saute 30 seconds.
- Add 1 1/2 cans coconut milk. Whisk cornstarch into remaining 1/2 can coconut milk then add to skillet. Stir in sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, bay leaf, thyme and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes then add red bell peppers and basil and simmer 2-3 minutes or until peppers are crisp tender. Discard bay leaf.
- Garnish with additional optional fresh basil, lime juice and Sriracha to taste. Serve with rice.
**Chicken is much easier to slice if partially frozen. It will thaw quickly once sliced.
***You can slice your chicken and red bell peppers in advance for even quicker meal meal prep.
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