The reason I call this dish “Thai-inspired” and not just “Thai” is that I opted to use only ingredients I usually have on hand in my pantry and refrigerator. Thai cuisine would have ingredients like Thai basil, lemongrass or Kaffir lime leaves and such – in the rare case I find these in the store and buy them, I mostly don’t get around to actually using them before they turn bad, so I have given up. Instead, I have two of those little jars with red and green curry paste in my fridge that seem to last a long time and now rely mainly on those for Thai flavour. However, this is still a very fragrant and flavourful dish.
Although I saute the ingredients separately, I do it in the same pan so that the flavours are not lost and infuse the chicken as well as the sauce.
This dish is not hot. If you like it hot, add some green chilies with the peppers.
Coconut Curry Chicken and Vegetables
1 lb chicken tenders
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 small eggplant
1 red onion
Cut all the chicken and vegetables into 3/4″ cubes. Saute the onion on high heat with some fat of your choice and remove from the pan. Saute the chicken in the same pan and and add to the onion. Saute the peppers and remove from the pan, as well. You will need to add more oil to saute the eggplants until softened. I mix some chicken broth into the oil to lighten the dish a little since eggplant tends to absorb a lot of oil.
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp crushed tomatoes, optional
juice and zest of 1 lime
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1-2 tbsp green curry paste
1 tbsp cornstarch
salt to taste – or use fish sauce or soy sauce for a more authentic flavour
dash of curry
Chopped cilantro for garnish
Whisk all the ingredients except the garlic together in a bowl. Don’t worry if the curry paste does not dissolve, it will dissolve completely into the sauce when heated.
Add the garlic with a little bit of fat to the pan and saute until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic as this does not take long. Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook until thickened while stirring.
Add the vegetables and chicken to the pan and heat through.
Top with chopped cilantro and serve over coconut jasmine rice.