Thai Green Curry with Coconut Sambal Recipe

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Thai Green Curry with Coconut Sambal
  • Gluten-free
Total Time1 hours 30 mins


  • 1tbsp sunflower oil
  • 16 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin removed
  • 850ml coconut milk
  • 200g fine green beans, halved
  • a large bunch of coriander, leaves chopped
  • green chillies, chopped, to serve

For the paste:

  • 2 medium green chillies, roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 5cm/2in piece of fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • small bunch of fresh coriander, stalks and roots, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, grated zest and juice
  • 6 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 tsp Thai fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

For the coconut sambal:

  • 150g (5oz) fresh coconut pieces
  • 1 shallot, peeled
  • 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger
  • zest and juice of 1 lime


  1. For the paste, simply put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and whiz to a paste.
  2. Heat the oil in a large heavy based casserole over a medium high heat, brown the chicken thighs in batches and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, cook the curry paste for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the coconut milk, mix to combine and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, reduce to a very gentle simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour.
  4. For the sambal, pulse the Ingredients in a food processor until combined but still quite chunky. Stir the chopped coriander into the curry, sprinkle over green chilli and serve with the sambal and sticky rice.
Katy McClelland

Katie McLelland is a food stylist, chef, recipe developer, home economist, eater-  and everything in-between. She specialises in creating recipes for social media channels to editorial and advertising content as well as the occasional bread, cake, pudding and menus in real life.

Katie is also a home economist for film and TV. Current projects including Cooking with the Stars (South Shore), Matilda (Poppet Productions), Landscapers (Sister), This Sceptered Isle (Revolution Films) and The Great season 2 (Yekaterina Uk ltd).