Chicken Curry with Potatoes and Lemongrass

Lemongrass provides a unique flavor and fragrance to the chicken and potatoes in this curry dish. Serve over jasmine rice.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
3 servings


  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 ½ tablespoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 5 chicken drumsticks, skin removed and meat chopped into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 ½ medium onions

  • 1 habanero pepper

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons crushed lemongrass

  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste

  • 3 medium potatoes, cubed

  • salt to taste

  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth, or as needed


  1. Combine fish sauce, garam masala, paprika, and turmeric in a bowl. Rub mixture deeply into chicken and let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.

  2. Combine onions, habanero pepper, ginger root, and garlic in a blender and process until smooth.

  3. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion mixture, lemongrass, and shrimp paste. Stir and fry for about 8 minutes.

  4. Pour chicken and marinade into the saucepan. Stir and fry until seared on all sides, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes and salt and stir for about 3 minutes. Add broth, making sure chicken and potatoes are covered; add more liquid if necessary. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove lid and cook 10 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

I like to use more spices in the marinade, such as salt, red and black pepper, garlic powder, celery seed, mustard seed, cinnamon, and ginger powder; it just depends on what's on hand.

You can use water in place of broth if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

618 Calories
29g Fat
49g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 618
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 1525mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 52mg 259%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 1403mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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