Red Curry Chicken and Coconut Noodles

What is the deal with me not being able to find ingredients that I need?  First it was the fresh basil a few months ago, then it was pizza dough yeast, this time it was curry paste.   I’m sure there have been other things that I can’t remember now and have probably just given up on.  But, I seriously looked at 4 different stores for the curry paste.  I even checked the same stores numerous times in various aisles and was *thisclose* to buying it online {Hello, amazon.com!}.  It’s like the culinary universe is saying,  “good luck, sucker!”  Well, I got the last laugh this time because I found curry paste and bought 2 bottles, so take that!

Overall we really enjoyed this dinner.  It had tons of flavor and was a super simple one pot meal.

Red Curry Coconut Noodles

Source:  adapted from Tasty Kitchen

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1 can coconut milk

2 tsp red curry paste

1 tablespoon ginger, grated {I used ground ginger powder}

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped {I used dried}

1/4 cup sweet Thai chili sauce {I used garlic chili sauce}

1 {14.5 oz} can chicken broth

1/2 package rice noodles

1 whole onion, julienne

1 red bell pepper, julienne

1 cup broccoli slaw – I omitted

Directions:

Start with a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Scoop the cream off the top of the coconut milk {about 1-2 tablespoons}, and put into the pot. The cream will be used as the “fat” instead of oil or butter. Along with the cream, add the curry paste and ginger. Let this simmer for a few seconds.

Then add the chicken. Cook the chicken through.

Then add the rest of what is in the coconut milk can, sweet Thai chili sauce, cilantro, and chicken broth.  Bring this to a simmer.

Then add your julienne veggies and rice noodles.  Simmer this. You will see the broth slowly thicken as the rice noodles absorb it. It should only take about 5 minutes for the rice noodles to be cooked through.

Pull the pot off the heat, and let sit for about 5 minutes. It will thicken during this time. Then, it’s done. Slurp these noodles out of big noodle bowls! Garnish it with a bit more cilantro.

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