Chicken Massaman Curry Recipe -
Chicken Massaman Curry Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Chicken Massaman Curry

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"This curry, flavored with tamarind and coconut milk, is ready in under an hour. Serve over plain white rice."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    55 mins


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in curry paste and minced ginger; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the cubed chicken, and cook until the pieces turn white on the outside, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, fish sauce, tamarind paste, peanut butter, potatoes, and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender and the chicken pieces are no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes. Add the lime juice and cook for an additional 5 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 09, 2009

Good basic recipe, although you really want to start off frying the paste first with the oil for a couple minutes and then add the creamy part of the coconut milk. Let the two mix better. I also didn't add peanut butter, because I think that's cheating kind of and another user complained about the thickness of the curry (I like mine soupy, too). I would just use peanuts, throwing them in with the potatoes or at the end, and maybe peanut oil to fry it all up with.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 15, 2007

White chicken, white potatoes, white coconut milk, white rice... too many white foods. Flavor was good, but the dish was bland in color and texture. I'll make this recipe again, but next time, I'll include colorful veggies and crunchy textures.

May 19, 2008

This was FABULOUS!! I always order this dish at my favorite Thai restaurant -- I made this for dinner tonight and it was just as good, if not better! I used lite coconut milk and I added some carrots, basil and unsalted cashews. I didn't have tamarind paste, but here's a good substitute: I processed equal parts dried apricots, prunes, raisins and lemon juice. IT WAS TO DIE FOR!!! I served it over brown rice and both my husband and I loved it. THANKS!!!

Oct 05, 2009

I couldn't find massaman curry paste anywhere, so I had to use red curry paste. I also used sweet potato instead of white and added onions and carrots as per another reviewer's suggestion. The texture of the sauce was perfect, but I found it almost needed to be a little sweeter. I might add a little more brown sugar next time. Overall, we liked it quite a bit and plan to make it again.

May 26, 2010

I love the Massaman Curry from the Thai restaurants in this region, and I had high hopes for this recipe. Unfortunately, this dish did not meet my expectations. While I approached the called-for addition of 1/3 c. peanut butter with some skepticism, I added it anyway. I should have stuck with my instinct - Massaman Curry isn't supposed be this thick! This tastes like Peanut Butter Stew! The flavor is decent, but it's NOT at all what I expected. I recommend starting with half the peanut butter that's called-for and evaluating the consistency after 5 to 10 minutes. The dish will thicken a bit as it cools, so take that into consideration, too. On a personal note, I prefer a "soupier" massaman curry, so in addition to reducing the peanut butter I would also reduce the amount of potatoes to 2 cups from 3c. I would also add 1/2 cup of minced onions for dimensional interest. I will probably use water to thin out the leftovers from last night. ***This was much better after adding water to thin to my liking. When I added water, I also added more lime juice to balance the taste.

Feb 28, 2011

This was good! And fairly quick to make. I followed the recipe very closely. I could not find tamarind paste, but a quick check online says that Worcestershire sauce is a substitute. I accidentally bought chicken breasts that were pre-flattened for scaloppine, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. They cooked up a lot better than regular chicken breasts and did not dry out. I also added a can of peas because that is what our local Thai restaurant puts in their Massaman. Once everything was cooked, I added the peas in and let it sit for a few minutes so they could heat up. Oh! And I added some pepper flakes because we like it spicy. My only complaint is that there was too much potato. I will only use 1 potato next time. Thanks!

May 18, 2009

We recently moved from NYC to NC and I was really missing this great Thai dish. I made this recipe for my husband last week and it was awesome!! The only thing I substituted was equal parts Worcestershire sauce for the Tamarind paste. I also added onions, sw potatoes and a few strips of bell pepper. It was fantastic, can't wait to make it again!

Jan 12, 2011

Too much PB! I put 2 cans of coco milk to stabilize it. It's not as good as the restaurant but in a fix and to save money...why not?


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  • Calories
  • 690 kcal
  • 34%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 73 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 41.2 g
  • 63%
  • Fiber
  • 5.5 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 38.1 g
  • 76%
  • Sodium
  • 1221 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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