This tasty alert is for all curry lovers! Thai curry is something beyond typical spicy food since it encompasses huge flavors blended to perfection with the rich creaminess of coconut milk or cream. If you love savoring such curry with your family, in this episode we will teach you how to make one of the best Thai panang chicken curries you have tried out your whole life.

This Thai panang chicken curry comes together in less than 45 minutes and you will only need a few essential ingredients to make this. It holds the classic goodness, yet we have made a delicious difference that you will not resist. So, let’s get into the recipes without wasting any more time!

The tasty secret to this Thai panang chicken curry is the panang curry paste we have included. Click on this link and learn what this curry paste actually is and what makes it so special

Homemade Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe

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Recipe by SpiceRally


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SpiceRally’s Thai panang chicken curry will introduce a fresh dimension of flavor onto your table that goes beyond the basic panang chicken curry. Rich, creamy, and bursting with flavors, this chicken curry will be your go-to meal whenever you need a twist in your ordinary menu.

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  • Spices & Herbs
  • 5 tbsp 5 Thai Panang Curry Paste. View Recipe

  • 2 cloves 2 Garlic (minced)

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Fresh ginger (minced)

  • 1 1 Red Bell pepper (sliced)

  • 1 1 Green Bell pepper (sliced)

  • 1 1 Yellow Bell pepper( sliced)

  • 2 2 Thai long red chiles (mild chiles, sliced diagonally)

  • 12 12 Kaffir lime leaves

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 Thai basil leaves (fresh)

  • Other ingredients
  • 1.5 lb 1.5 Chicken (skinless and boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces)

  • 1 1 Small onion (peeled and chopped)

  • 2 tbsp 2 Vegetable oil

  • 14 oz 14 Thick coconut milk Shop This

  • 3 tbsp 3 Fish sauce Shop This

  • 1-2 tbsp 1-2 palm sugar (grated)

  • 1 tbsp 1 Peanut butter

  • To serve
  • Basmati or jasmine rice/ quinoa/ noodles



  • Preparation
  • Start by sauteing the vegetables and chicken. Keep the non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat and add one tablespoon of oil.
  • Once the oil is heated, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and ginger.
  • Give them a good mix and saute until the onion turns translucent and aromatic.
  • Then, add all the bell peppers, keep sauteing for about 30 seconds, and add the chicken with one tablespoon of fish sauce.
  • Combine everything and cook the chicken with vegetables until the chicken is slightly cooked. Transfer the sauteed ingredients to a separate bowl once the vegetables are aromatic, yet crispy without fully cooked.
  • Now, get 6 kaffir lime leaves, slightly crush them keeping them between your palms, stack them over one another, and slice them as thinly as possible. Crush the rest of the kaffir lime leaves the same way and break them into small pieces. You can remove the stems of all the leaves.
  • Set everything aside until you make the base for the curry sauce.

  • Making the Thai Panang Chicken Curry
  • Add the remaining oil to the same pan, keeping it over medium-high heat. Once the oil is warm, add the Thai panang curry paste and cook it until all the flavors of the curry paste get released and infused with the oil.
  • Now, measure half a cup of coconut milk, pour it into the pan, and stir it with the cooking curry paste. Throw the broken kaffir lime leaves to cook with the coconut milk and curry paste. You should reduce the heat to medium-low at this point.
  • Once the oil from the coconut milk is separated and the mixture starts drying out, add your sauteed vegetables and chicken to the pan. Mix everything well until the curry paste is well-coated in vegetables and chicken.
  • Now, stir in the rest of the coconut milk, mix well, and add the remaining fish sauce, peanut butter, and palm sugar.
  • Combine everything, close the lid, and cook for about 20 minutes over low heat.
  • After 20 minutes, open the lid and check if the chicken is cooked to your preferred doneness. You can also do the taste check at this point and add more seasonings if needed.
  • Switch off the flame, take your pan out of the stove, and mix in the Thai basil leaves.
  • Let the curry rest in the pan for another five minutes and transfer to serving bowls or plates, topped with thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves and sliced Thai long red chiles.

Tasty Tips and Suggestions by Spicerally

  • If chicken thighs are not your thing, you can use boneless chicken breasts instead.
  • Using bell peppers of all three colors is not mandatory. You can proceed with whatever you have at home.
  • We have used a homemade Thai panang curry paste recipe in this recipe. But, you should be mindful if you’re going with a store-bought panang curry paste since they usually have a more concentrated flavor. If using shop-bought options, you will probably have to check the saltiness before adding the fish sauce and adjust the amount accordingly.
  • Kaffir lime leaves in this recipe are very important as it is one of the elements that give the authentic Thai kick to this dish. If you can’t find fresh kaffir lime leaves, try the frozen ones from the international spice aisle of leading supermarkets or Asian stores.
  • You can use brown sugar or white sugar if you can’t get palm sugar.
  • Substitute regular fresh basil if you can’t find Thai basil leaves. Skip this ingredient if you’re not a good fan of fresh herbs in your chicken curry.
  • If you’re out of fish sauce, you can use a splash of soy sauce instead. But this can slightly change the taste and color of your dish.
  • If you have nut allergies, skip the peanuts and choose a panang curry paste without peanuts.

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Is This Homemade Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe Gluten-Free?

Our version of Thai Panang chicken curry is a gluten-free recipe since we have not included any gluten-related in our Homemade Panang Curry paste. We have also used gluten-free peanut butter in this dish. However, if you’re reactive to gluten or following a gluten-free diet, be mindful to pick curry and peanut butter without any traces of gluten.

Can A Keto Dieter Add This Homemade Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe Into Their Diet?

All the ingredients used to make this chicken curry are considered keto-friendly. Therefore, you can include this dish in your diet even if you track a rigorous ketogenic meal plan.

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