Thai red coconut curry

Thai red coconut curry


4 servings


For the red chilli paste

  • 90g fresh ginger, peeled
  • 30g lemongrass
  • 12g Thai bird chillies
  • 60g red chillies
  • 30g garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the chicken

  • 50g salt
  • 8 skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 tsp reserved red chili paste

To finish the curry

  • 10g grapeseed oil
  • 75g reserved red chilli paste
  • 100g white onion, peeled and sliced
  • 10g red chilli, sliced
  • reserved barbequed chicken thighs
  • 400g coconut milk
  • 1 stick lemongrass
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp white soy
  • 100g fresh peas
  • juice of 1 lime


Make the red chili paste by combining all the ingredients in a blender and blitzing on high speed until a smooth paste is formed. Set aside.

For the chicken, dissolve the salt in a 1 litre water over a low heat and set aside to cool. Place the chicken pieces and the cooled brine into a container. Cover and place in the fridge for 5 hours. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry. Rub each piece with red chilli paste (reserving 75g for use later on) and place back into the fridge for 40 minutes.

Preheat the grill of the Force or Furnace BBQ and once ready, grill the chicken pieces over high heat until the outside is charred and smoky. Remove and set aside.

Place a large pan on the BBQ over medium heat, add the grapeseed oil and lightly fry the red chilli paste for 2-3 minutes, then add the onions and red chillies and cook until softened. Nestle the chicken thighs in the pan and pour in the coconut milk. Crush the stick of lemongrass using the back of a knife and add to the pan along with the lime leaves, cardamom, star anise, bay leaf, fish sauce and white soy. Leave to simmer, uncovered for 1-2 hours.

Blanch the fresh peas by adding to a small pan of boiling water for a minute or two and then refreshing in a bowl of iced water. Drain the peas and add to the chicken pan towards the end of the cooking.

Season the dish with lime juice and additional fish sauce, to taste.