Yellow Curry Chicken (Thai Soup)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a recipe given to me from one of my friends from Thailand. It has always been a favorite of everyone who has tried it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb about 4 boneless chicken breast half
  • 2 -3 cups assorted fresh vegetables (mushrooms, aparagus, onions, zucchini)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces, pre-cooked
  • 2 carrots, cut into bite size pieces, pre-cooked
  • 12 cup frozen peas (optional)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon vegetable oil (can be canola or olive)
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 12-2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder (use less to not make it not as spicy)
  • 12 cup water (I just use a whole can of chicken broth) or 12 cup chicken broth (I just use a whole can of chicken broth)
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Pre-cook the potatoes and carrots. Don’t cook them too done, since they will simmer with the main dish later.
  2. Cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Wash and cut vegetables into bite size pieces.
  3. In heavy sauce pan on medium heat, heat vegetables, oil, red curry paste, and 1/3 of the coconut milk. Heat 5 – 10 minutes, stirring, until it forms a thin gravy. (I used cut mushrooms and yellow onion).
  4. Turn the heat to high, add the chicken and cook until the chicken is half cooked, maybe 5 minutes.
  5. Add fish sauce, sugar, salt, and the rest of the coconut milk, and mix well. Stir in the curry powder, potatoes, carrots, and water/stock. If desired add bay leaf. Let it simmer 1 or 2 minutes.
  6. Add frozen peas (I put in spinach instead) and let it simmer until all vegetables and chicken are cooked. About 5 – 7 more minutes.
  7. Serve with rice (Basmati or Jasmine is best).
  8. **you can find most of the groceries at your local Asian grocery store, or the international isle of a major supermarket.
Most Helpful

O-M-G!!!!! This curry is incredibly tasty, yummy and delicious! I halved the recipe with no trouble, used onions, mushrooms and green onions for the veggies, added extra carrots and peas. I also used 50% coconut milk / 50% chicken stock the regular stock addition to lighten the dish up a bit. Even with the reduced coconut milk it still had incredible flavour. I served it over basmati rice. It is real pretty, too! This is definitely a keeper recipe that I will come back to; thanks for sharing!!

Deantini December 06, 2010

Great thai curry recipe! I love thai yellow curry and have been wanting to make it at home... I was just looking for the right recipe. This one is VERY good, very authentic. It has just the right amount of spices. I halved the recipe and used potatoes, carrots, and yellow onion for my vegetables. If you don't have the fish sauce, I think you could leave it out without affecting the flavor. I did not taste it all in the end. I also added some red pepper flakes in the final simmer for an additional heat. It was great. I could barely eat it fast enough! hahaha... Will be making it again tonight and plan to keep this recipe permanently. Definately a winner! Thanks Chez!

kitten_dreamer June 01, 2008

We really enjoyed this. i did make it vegetarian by subbing tofu for the chicken and leaving out the fish sauce. Thanks for the recipe.

Cilantro in Canada May 28, 2012