The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry

Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry RecipeThe Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry we’ve ever made. Cancel your takeout order and give it a try!

The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe
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What’s your favorite type of food?

That is a question I get a lot. Especially when I meet new people and they find out I write a food blog.

Although my answer is likely to change on any given day, swayed by my current cravings, Asian cuisine is always at the top of my list.

The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Ever!


There are a few Asian dishes I just cannot get enough of. Dishes that make me squeal with delight at the sheer thought of them… Vietnamese Bun Cha Gio Bowls, Thai Pad Kee Mao, and Korean Bulgogi to name a few.

Many of these are meals that can be ordered at Asian restaurants. Yet I find they are often even tastier when made at home.

Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe

Thai Panang Curry is another dish I swoon over. It’s rich and spicy with a distinctly unique flavor from the addition of kaffir lime leaves and panang curry paste. I could eat this every day of the week and never get tired of it!

To top it off, the fragrance of a good Panang curry is so intoxicating, it should be bottled in my humble opinion.

Our Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe

I have ordered Panang chicken curry numerous times at Thai restaurants, and experimented with homemade version nearly as many times.

After much testing, I have finally come up with a recipe I feel is The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry I’ve ever made, and possibly the best we’ve ever eaten.

I know that sounds braggy, and I do apologize, but this recipe is flipping amazing!

Just taste it and you’ll forgive me.

Making The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe

The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry is extremely simple to make. The catch is, you will most likely have to go to an Asian market to gather the ingredients.

But trust me, The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry recipe is worth the trip!

If you happen to live in a large multicultural city, your standard grocery stores may have everything you need.

How To: The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe

If not, google asian markets… Even small towns usually have one.

Once there, hand your grocery list over and ask the clerk help you find the best brand of panang red curry paste, thick coconut milk, and fish sauce. Be sure to also pick up Thai basil leaves and kaffir lime leaves.

You can substitute other types of basil, however the kaffir lime leaves cannot be replaced. The flavor is too unique to swap another ingredient, or to leave it out. The Panang curry paste has some kaffir lime leaf in it, but it’s not enough.

How To Make The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe

When I go to the Asian market, I usually stock up on panang curry paste, the thickest coconut milk I can find, and kaffir lime leaves.

Fresh kaffir lime leaves can be frozen for longevity. They do turn dark in the freezer, but retain their vibrant flavor.

Make The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe

Panang curry paste is a type of red curry specific to Thailand and Laos.

It is less spicy and more aromatic than standard red curry paste. In a pinch you could substitute red curry paste, but the flavor will not be quite the same.

The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe - How To

Ready to make The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry you’ve ever tasted?

Start by cutting chicken thighs, onions, and bell peppers into bite-size pieces.

Then crush the kaffir lime leaves to help release their oils. They are tough little leaves so smash and twist away, until they smell very strong.

Easily The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry Recipe

Sauté the onions, peppers and garlic in a large skillet. Then add the panang curry paste and a spoonful of peanut butter to the center of the pan. Sauté the curry for a couple minutes to intensify the flavor.

Then add the kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk, fish sauce, and chicken to the pan.

The Best Thai Red Chicken Curry Recipe

Simmer the curry until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens. Stir in Thai basil leaves and you have a dish worth drooling over.

Bold, fragrant, and oh so delicious! You local takeout joint has nothing on The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry.

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10 comments on “The Best Thai Panang Chicken Curry

  1. Terese Christianposted September 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    This looks amazing, Sommer!!!!

  2. TJ Blocherposted September 26, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply

    Is Kaffir lime the same thing as kefir lime?

    • Sommer Collierposted September 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply

      Hi TJ!

      I believe so. It’s possibly just a different spelling? They are thick, waxy, and usually have two leaves attached on one stem.

  3. MaKenna McGuireposted October 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm Reply

    How would you recommend making this dish like a level 5 spicy! I love my curry spicy! Thank you!

    • Sommerposted October 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

      Hi MaKenna!

      You could add in some thai red chiles and that would definitely up the heat. For 5-star spice I would buy dried chiles, then crush them, and add the seeds and all. :)

  4. Daveposted January 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm Reply

    I made this today, it was great. I ordered the same panang curry paste you used from Amazon, and I also ordered dried kaffir lime leaves from Amazon as well as I didn’t want to deal with trying to find them at the market. They definitely added a lot of flavor. I did however pick them out as best I could after, wasn’t sure eating one would be very pleasant.

    Rating: 5
  5. jordan pollockposted January 19, 2018 at 11:21 pm Reply

    I made this recipe exactly how it was written but mine came out super thick and so spicy. It seems to me like it was wayy too much curry paste. However the brand I used was Mae Ploy and I dont know if that is just different.. I was sad, yours look so good. Any suggestions?

    Rating: 4
  6. Jennaposted January 27, 2018 at 10:50 pm Reply

    Love this!! Added some fresh lime juice as well as some fresh ginger (and reduced spice for little kids)! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    Rating: 5
  7. Brandeeposted March 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm Reply

    I made this last night and it was fantastic! The curry paste makes a huge difference. I too have always sworn by this brand. I have never thought to add peanut butter. I always just add crushed peanuts to the top, but I loved it! This will be my new go-to panang recipe. Thank you so much!

  8. Brandeeposted March 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm Reply

    I forgot to rate it on my last post. Whoops.

    Rating: 5