Thai Panang Chicken Curry on a bed of steamed rice and garnished with red chillies
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Quick and Easy Thai Panang Curry

This recipe for Thai Panang Chicken Curry makes the most amazing Thai curry you'll ever make! This scrumptious dish is healthier than a takeout option and best of all -  it’s super easy to make.
Course Main
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Panang Curry, Thai Chicken Curry, thai curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 256kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs or breast boneless and skinless, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and sliced
  • 1 onion (small) chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 fresh red chili peppers sliced and seeded
  • 6 tablespoons Panang curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 14-ounce cans coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • a good handful fresh Thai or regular basil chopped
  • a good handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 leaves dried kaffir lime leaves whole


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in large skillet or wok over medium heat.  Add the chicken and brown on all sides.  Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add sliced red pepper and onion to the pan and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and the chili peppers and cook about 30 seconds.  Add the chicken back to the pan. Add the curry paste and brown sugar.  Fry until fragrant.
  • Stir in the coconut milk.  Stir the fish sauce, lime juice, and zest into the mixture;  Add the herbs and lime leaves.   Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook until the sauce reduces and the chicken is cooked through (about 10 minutes).
  • Taste for saltiness and if more is needed, add more fish sauce if necessary and serve.



  • Use Fresh Garlic and Onion - The secret to making fantastic Thai curry is to use fresh aromatics, like onion and garlic.
  • Use full-fat coconut milk it adds a richness you don't get with the low-fat variety.
  • Kaffir lime leaves can be found dried in supermarkets or fresh in Asian markets, they also freeze well without losing flavor, so you can stock up.
  • You should be able to find  Penang curry paste in your grocery store, but if you can't, it's well worth a trip to an Asian supermarket or buy it here on Amazon (#paidlink).


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3075IU | Vitamin C: 29.8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.1mg