Thai-Style Chicken Curry with Basil and Jasmine Rice

Make the most of cooler days by braising some fall-off-the-bone Thai-inspired chicken curry. The fragrant spices along with a hint of tang from fish sauce and lime make this a chicken curry recipe especially addicting.

bowl with Thai-Style Chicken Curry with Basil and Jasmine Rice with lime wedges
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
8 chicken thighs plus 4 cups sauce and vegetable mixture


  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 lb.)

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 3 tablespoon peanut, canola, or corn oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoon red curry paste*

  • 1 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

  • 4 teaspoon dark brown sugar

  • 4 teaspoon fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

  • cup water

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into bite-size strips

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup torn fresh basil

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • Cooked jasmine rice


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Using a paper towel to help grip, remove and discard skin from chicken thighs. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. In a very large skillet heat 2 Tbsp. of the oil over medium-high. Cook chicken 6 to 8 minutes or until browned on both sides, turning once halfway through. Remove from skillet. Drain and discard fat. Let pan cool slightly.

  2. In the same skillet heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium. Add ginger and garlic. Cook and stir 30 seconds or just until fragrant. Add curry paste; cook and stir 30 seconds more. Add the next five ingredients (through water). Whisk to combine. Return chicken to pan; bring to a simmer.

  3. Cover skillet (use foil if skillet has no lid) and transfer to oven. Cook 25 minutes. Carefully turn chicken and stir in bell pepper and onion. Return to oven and cook, covered, about 10 minutes more or until chicken is done (175°F). Stir in basil and lime juice. Serve over rice.

*Curry Paste

Look for Thai curry paste in the Asian aisle of large supermarkets (Thai Kitchen is a reliable brand).

Jasmine Rice

jasmine rice is a fragrant, long grain rice popular in Thailand that bears a nutty aroma and flavor. If it's not with the other rices at your supermarket, look for it in the Asian section or at Asian food stores.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

797 Calories
39g Fat
50g Carbs
56g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 797
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 239mg 80%
Sodium 946mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 56g
Vitamin C 43.3mg 217%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 693mg 15%
Folate, total 118mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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