Thai chicken curry – From the Land of Smiles

Thai yellow chicken curry and fragrant jasmine rice
Thai yellow chicken curry and fragrant jasmine rice

Thailand – the Land of Smiles, of ever cheerful faces,of positive,generous,helpful,friendly and happy people. It is famously said that it is one place where even the immigration officials have a broad smile on their faces. Thailand ranks among the top 50 happiest countries in the world. One of the reasons according to them is the delectably flavored ,soul hugging Thai cuisine which brings those content smiles on their faces. They are passionate about their food. Thai recipes are known to be handed over generations. Their exotic cuisine is a harmonious blend of sweet,sour,salty and spicy flavors.From mild to hot, it is cooked to suit individual palates. The chefs of Thailand take pride in presenting the traditional dishes as works of art, all the while preserving the interplay of aromas and flavors and finally serving it with warmth and smile.

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. —George Eliot

We are so caught up in our daily routines,our work schedules,deadlines,stress that we have really forgotten to smile. We dress up for that important meeting or that  party we have been waiting for but forget wearing a smile. Let’s start smiling because it is the one curve which makes things straight.


This chicken curry, straight from this beautiful land  is a heart warming,delicious comfort food. Serve it with fragrant Jasmine rice and watch the smiles on the faces of your loved ones.


Thai Chicken curry

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 500 g boneless skinless chicken breasts/thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1  can (4 oz) yellow curry paste
  • 500 g potatoes (yukon if available) peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can coconut milk (14 oz- roughly 1.65 US cups)
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. roasted peanuts


  1. Heat oil in a wok and saute onions till soft.
  2. Add curry paste and saute for a few minutes till fragrant.
  3. Add chicken pieces and potatoes and saute till well coated.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and an equal amount of water. Bring it to a boil on high heat.Cover and simmer on low heat till chicken and potatoes are done.
  5. Stir in the fish sauce and brown sugar.
  6. Take off heat.
  7. Sprinkle peanuts and serve hot with Jasmine rice.

Note: This recipe works only when you are smiling while cooking and serving 🙂


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46 thoughts on “Thai chicken curry – From the Land of Smiles

  1. Oh yummm Ana, it’s getting close to dinner time, and I’m salivating :). Funny, I don’t cook Thai curries as much, although I know I would like to. Perhaps because I’m a tad leery of the coconut milk? This looks gorgeous, I’ll have to throw caution to the wind and indulge :). I’ve heard of red and green Thai curry pastes, but I don’t believe I’ve seen yellow?

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    1. Yellow paste is easily available at Asian stores Loretta. Thai curries are de-stressing and very comforting. They guarantee a good relaxing night sleep.
      Yellow curry paste can be made at home too with the following ingredients: Lemongrass, Yellow Chillies, onion, Ginger, Coriander powder, galangal, kaffir lime, Mustard Seeds, Fish Sauce, turmeric, Brown sugar, lemon Juice, Coconut Milk, Garlic.


  2. Everything you wrote about the people of Thailand is actually true; especially at the northern parts.
    Foodwise…what can I say, I’m in love with it!! Even when we made a stop outside of Chiang Mai, the food at the small place mainly used by local drivers was excellent. Of course I tried it & of course I ordered a second full course!!
    What was the best part skd?
    The smile the cook had on her face when she received the second order (which was largely left at her choice) and as she watched me eating it also wearing a big smile. 🙂

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    1. Beautiful people they are. Strangely it is the smile and hospitality which remains in our minds for a long time to come. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us ☺

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