Thai Green Curry with Chicken, Broccoli, and Mushrooms
from America's Test Kitchen
- Freeze the chicken for 15 minutes to make it easier to cut.
- 2 (14-ounce) cans coconut milk (unsweetened), not shaken
- 1/2 cup green curry paste (related recipe), or 2 tablespoons store-bought green curry paste
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts , trimmed of excess fat and sliced thin (see below)
- Table salt
- 2 1/2 cups broccoli florets (about 6 ounces)
- 4 ounces white mushrooms (or shitakes), stems discarded and mushrooms quartered (about 2 cups)
- 1 medium red bell pepper , stemmed, seeded, and cut into thin strips
- 1 large chile (hot), stemmed, seeded, and quartered lengthwise (optional)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice from 1 lime
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 30mins
1. Carefully spoon off about 1 cup of the top layer of cream from one can of coconut milk -- this layer will be thick and possibly solid. Place the coconut cream and curry paste in a large Dutch oven and bring to a simmer over high heat, whisking to blend, about 2 minutes. Maintain this brisk simmer and whisk frequently until almost all of the liquid evaporates, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-high and whisk constantly until the cream separates into a puddle of colored oil and coconut solids, 3 to 8 minutes. (You should hear the curry paste starting to fry in the oil.) Continue cooking until the curry paste is very aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Whisk in the remaining coconut milk, the fish sauce, and the brown sugar. Bring back to a brisk simmer and cook until the flavors meld and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season the chicken with salt and add it to the pot, stirring until the pieces are separated and evenly coated with the sauce, about 1 minute. Stir in the broccoli and mushrooms and bring back to a brisk simmer over medium heat. Cook until the vegetables are almost tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper and fresh chile, if using, and cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the lime juice, basil, and mint. Serve immediately.