Spicy Thai Red Curry


This spicy red Thai curry recipe transforms coconut milk, Thai basil, and skinless, boneless chicken thighs into a flavorful meal in under an hour.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5 tablespoons red curry paste, or more to taste

  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk

  • 4 (5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 6 lime leaves

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • ½ (.6 ounce) package Thai basil

  • 2 cups cooked jasmine rice


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in red curry paste, let sizzle for a few seconds, then pour in coconut milk. Bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce to a simmer, stir a little, and wait for the oil to rise to the surface. Add chicken thighs and lime leaves and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the centers, about 12 minutes.

  3. Add fish sauce and brown sugar and taste--if you like it a little saltier, add more fish sauce; if you like it sweeter, add a little more sugar.

  4. Bring to a boil, then take off the heat and add Thai basil.

  5. Spoon the curry into a bowl. Serve with jasmine rice.

Cook's Note:

If you can't find lime leaves, you can use a bay leaf and a bit of lemon and lime zest.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

538 Calories
34g Fat
30g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 538
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 22g 108%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 1002mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 499mg 11%

* 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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