Are you hoping to make a real difference to your weeknight dinner or weekend lunch in the upcoming weeks? Then, how about preparing something with an authentic Asian touch? Here we bring you a delicious Thai Massaman chicken curry recipe that is easy to put together, wholesome, and satisfies your cravings to enjoy an Asian meal with your family.

If you’re not a fan of heavy meals yet love to enjoy some rice with just one dish, this Massaman chicken curry could be your perfect pick. Grab the ingredients and get ready to make this tasty dish with us.

Massaman curry paste is the most fundamental ingredient to make this dish. It is different from other basic Thai curry pastes with some interesting and special ingredients used for flavor. Click here for more information!

Simple Thai Massaman Chicken Curry Recipe

Your favorite pieces of chicken soaked with the exotic flavors of the massaman curry paste could be the ideal dish to enjoy with a bowl of rice. Our version of Thai Massaman chicken curry is hassle-free and worth the time it takes to come together.

How To Make Thai Massaman Chicken Curry At Home? (A Flavorful Recipe From Scratch)

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  • Spices
  • 10 cloves 10 Garlic (finely chopped).

  • 1 tbsp 1 Fresh ginger (grated).

  • 8 tbsp 8 Massaman Curry Paste. View Recipe

  • 4 4 Fresh Thai Bird’s eye chiles (red color chiles).

  • 4 4 Fresh Thai Green chiles.

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Thai chili powder. Buy This

  • 1 tsp 1 Garam Masala. View Recipe

  • 2 tbsp 2 Tamarind paste. Buy This

  • Other ingredients
  • 2 lb 2 Chicken thighs (skin removed, cleaned, pat-dried, and cut into serve-sized pieces)

  • 6 6 Russet potatoes (small potatoes preferred). Buy This

  • 4 4 Carrots (medium-sized).

  • 35 oz 35 Thick Coconut milk.

  • 1 cup 1 Water

  • 1 1 Onion (diced).

  • 2 tbsp 2 Palm sugar.

  • 4 tbsp 4 Canola oil. Buy This

  • 2 tbsp 2 Fish sauce. Buy This

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Dry-roasted peanuts (unsalted). Buy This

  • 2 tbsp 2 Fresh lime juice.

  • To serve
  • Chopped cilantro.

  • Basmati or Jasmine rice.



  • Preparation
  • First of all, start by cutting your vegetables. Cut the potatoes and the carrots into bite-sized pieces. Set them aside until you need them to make the curry.
  • Next, finely chop the fresh Thai bird’s eye chiles and Thai green chiles. If chopping gives more concentrated hotness, you can cut them into pieces without chopping.
  • Making the Thai Massaman Chicken Curry
  • Keep the large Dutch oven over medium flame and put the canola oil into it. When the oil is heated through, add the chopped garlic, grated ginger, and diced onions and let them saute in oil for about 30 seconds.
  • Once these ingredients start to turn aromatic, mix in chopped red and green chiles. Let them saute for another 30 seconds.
  • Next, stir in the Thai Massaman curry paste and mix well to combine. Allow the Massaman curry paste to cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Now, add the coconut milk and incorporate it well with the curry paste. Stir in one cup of water once the curry sauce starts to simmer. Let the water blend in with the coconut milk.
  • Add the carrots and potatoes along with the chicken pieces. Mix to combine everything.
  • Follow up with the roasted peanuts, fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind paste, Garam Masala, and Thai chili powder.  Mix well, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the lid, and cook for another 20-25 minutes until the potatoes, carrots, and chicken are well-cooked, nice, and tender.
  • Once your curry reaches the expected texture, switch off the flame and stir in the lime juice, while stirring the curry.
  • Do the taste check and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  • Transfer your Thai Massaman chicken curry into a serving bowl. Serve with Jasmine rice or Basmati depending on your preference. Top the curry with chopped cilantro when serving.

Tasty Tips and Suggestions by SpiceRally

  • If chicken thighs are not your thing, you can also take chicken breasts and legs, depending on your personal choice. But we must say that chicken thighs hold the most flavor and juiciness.
  • You can find Thai chili powder at most Asian stores. If you can’t find this ingredient, skip it or use regular red chili powder instead.
  • Using Garam Masala will upgrade your Massaman chicken curry and will give a new flavor dimension to the dish. You can easily purchase Garam Masala from supermarkets and Asian stores, while you can also try out our simple Garam Masala recipe at home.
  • Reduce the amount of Thai red chiles and green chiles for a lesser heat.
  • If you need to prepare this dish quicker, boil your potatoes for a few minutes before adding them to the curry. Also, heat a little oil in a pan, and stir-fry carrots, and potatoes along with the chicken to speed up the cooking process.
  • You can also use coconut cream instead of coconut milk. If so, you will have to use more water to thin out the curry.
  • Skip the fish sauce and follow up with light soy sauce if that’s what you have at home.

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Is This Thai Massaman Chicken Curry Gluten-free?

Our recipe can be considered a gluten-free version since we have not included any gluten-related ingredients even in our Thai Massaman curry paste. But this might change with the curry paste you choose to use in your recipe. If you’re going for store-bought Massaman curry pastes, make sure you choose a gluten-free product if you’re sensitive to gluten or following a gluten-free diet.

Is This Thai Massaman Chicken Curry Keto-friendly?

Our Thai Massaman Chicken curry includes lean protein with rich sources of nutrition coming from all the spices, vegetables, and herbs included. Since this recipe is made with potatoes, you can leave out the potatoes and eat other vegetables and chicken if you’re following a strict ketogenic diet plan. However, we recommend sticking to a minimum amount of curry to be on the safer side.

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