Gotta love a Clean Eating Green Thai Curry, loaded with thin slivers of chicken and bright nourishing veges. This is a quick and easy to make curry that’s creamy, tangy and true to all the flavours you’d expect from an exciting thai curry. This is serious clean eating that won’t weigh you down and is a perfect midweek dinner recipe under 400 calories…YES..even with rice.
The best type of chicken for this curry is chicken breast, sliced thinly. This helps it to cook quickly, and to thoroughly absorb the curry flavours. But if chunks of chicken is more your thing, that’s cool too – just remember it will take a little longer to cook through.
My other little special secret for this recipe is the kaffir lime leaves and the thai basil leaves. I think that these two ingredients are what make this a really authentic thai curry. I’m always excited when I find thai basil leaves in the supermarket and I make a beeline immediately to put them into my trolley because they don’t always seem to be available.
What is Thai Basil
Thai basil is a savoury, and fragrant smelling reminiscent of regular basil and fennel combined – that is, basil with a faint hint of aniseed. Thai basil lacks the sweetness of regular basil and has a spicier, bolder flavour. It also has small, thinner and stronger leaves than the more delicate Italian basil. Overall, perfect for dishes where you want to pack a punch.
TIP: If Thai Basil is not available in the area you live in, you can achieve a similar result with regular basil. I often use regular basil in my Asian dishes when I have an abundance of it in my garden. Yep, regular basil is not just for Italian recipes.
What are Kaffir Lime Leaves
Kaffir Lime leaves are a strong fragrant lime leaf from the Kiffir lime tree. Kaffir lime leaves seem to be a supermarket staple in most stores I’ve been in, so no worries there.
Where To Buy Thai Basil
Big supermarkets or your local farmers markets are the best bet as this can sometimes be a bit of a speciality herb.
A short drive from our house is a regular Sunday morning market that is very small (only about 10 stalls in total), but there is a fabulous Asian stall there that has every Asian herb and vegetable I could possibly imagine.
If you love cooking and eating thai food, I highly recommend checking out your local farmers markets if you can. See what inspires you, and maybe what even looks a bit weird vege wise. I know there are definitely some things at the farmers market that I look at wonder what on earth would you cook with that!
Substitute for Palm Sugar in Thai Cooking
You probably know that palm sugar is also used widely in thai cooking, but for this recipe I skipped it. However, it definitely did need a sweet dribble of something to balance out the savoury flavours. To even it out and hit that perfect note, I added a teaspoon of granulated stevia to the recipe (which serves two). If you were making this recipe for four people you’d double everything in the recipe.
Just a slight bit of stevia did the trick and left me thinking I had found the magic formula for Thai Green Chicken Curry in a clean eating way. I said to my husband that we need never buy thai takeaway curry again.
This is a clean eating thai curry, free from sugar, but packed with protein, veges and authentic thai flavours that make your tastebuds stand up and do a little thank you dance.
Clean Eating Green Thai Curry
- 500 grams/1 pound Chicken breast - thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons Green curry paste
- 550 ml Coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon Lime juice
- 6 fresh Kaffir lime leaves
- 1 teaspoon granulated stevia
- 1 cup Pumpkin - diced
- 1 cup zucchini - diced
- ½ cup Red capsicum - diced
- ¼ cup Loosely packed Thai basil leaves - roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander/cilantro - roughly chopped
- 1 spring onion - finely diced.
- 1 cup Jasmine rice
- Cook rice according to packet instructions.
- Heat the curry sauce in a large saucepan on medium heat until fragrant
- Add the coconut milk and lime leaves, stir and bring to the boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the vegetables to the curry sauce, along with the fish sauce, lime juice, stevia
- Heat a non stick wok to high, add the chicken and cook until just browned.
- Add the chicken to the curry sauce and cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes
- Add basil, coriander, and spring onion. Stir to combine.
- Place curry in serving bowls and serve with steamed jasmine rice
Note: Sugars contained in this recipe are from naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables or other natural sweeteners.