About this recipe:Fragrant Thai green curry paste transforms chicken and plump miniature aubergines and courgettes into an exotic meal, with the minimum of preparation. For a real treat, serve the curry with creamy coconut rice. Delicious!
4 skinless chicken breast fillets, about 125g each
4 tbsp Thai green curry paste
2-3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red pepper, sliced
250g baby aubergines, halved
500ml boiling water
200g baby courgettes, stalks trimmed
4 large tender fresh basil sprigs, coarsely shredded
4 large tender fresh coriander sprigs, coarsely shredded
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:20min › Ready in:30min
Spice the chicken: Put the chicken in a dish and add the curry paste. Turn the chicken breasts over several times to coat them with the paste.
Brown the chicken: Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large, fairly deep frying pan (a skillet – a deep frying pan with a lid – is ideal) over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken and lightly brown the pieces for 1 minute on each side, then remove and set aside.
Brown the vegetables: Add the remaining oil if necessary, then add the onions, garlic, pepper and aubergines to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Return the chicken pieces to the pan, shuffling them in among the vegetables, and scrape in any juices and curry paste from the dish.
Simmer the curry: Season and pour in the boiling water. Heat until simmering, then reduce the heat so that the liquid bubbles steadily, and cover closely with a lid or foil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Cook the courgettes: Add the courgettes to the pan, re-cover and cook for a further 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning, remove from the heat and stir in the basil and coriander. Serve immediately.
Prepare some creamy coconut rice (similar in texture to a risotto) to accompany the curry. Simmer 200g long-grain rice in plenty of boiling water for 7 minutes, then drain and return it to the pan. Stir in a 400ml can coconut milk and 200ml boiling water with a pinch of salt, and bring back to the boil. Reduce the heat to the minimum setting, cover tightly and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the rice is tender and the coconut milk is creamy. Season to taste before serving.