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I love to cook Friday night dinners, but sometimes I don’t have time to make a meal from scratch. This recipe for curry chicken thighs is very easy and tastes amazing. Massaman is a rich curry, much milder than your typical thai curry. Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, anise, cumin and nutmeg not typically found in traditional thai curries are used in Massaman curry. Other ingredients include tamarind, fish sauce, chili peppers, lemongrass, pepper, shallots, garlic and shrimp paste.
It takes about 45 minutes from start to finish, and makes about 4 servings.
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 tbs. coconut oil
1 can Aroy-d Massaman Curry Sauce (pictured)
1 red bell pepper
1/2 onion (or whole small onion)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup whipping cream (optional)
I found the Aroy-d curry sauce at the 99 Ranch market in San Diego, however, I’m sure any asian grocery store would carry it.
Heat the coconut oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Generously salt and pepper the chicken thighs and brown on both sides. Remove chicken. Add the red peppers and onions and stir fry until softened (about 5 minutes). Add the chicken and the curry sauce, stir, cover and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes. For a slightly creamier option, after the dish has simmered for 20 minutes, add about 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream, cover and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Otherwise, just stick with the 30 minutes. I am usually a huge fan of cream sauce, but I prefer this dish with no cream. Serve with jasmine rice (any rice will do, I just like jasmine the best) or naan bread. This curry chicken recipe went so well you can be sure I will be checking out some other curries next time I’m shopping at 99 Ranch!
If you are looking for some variation to this dish, many different vegetables can be used such as cauliflower, zucchini, squash, beans, etc. Fruit such as oranges or pineapple (or their juices) can also be added to add a fresh, citrus flavor, or some potatoes or squash for an added starchy dimension. Endless possibilities! Try it out, let me know what you think!