30-Minute Authentic Thai Chicken Curry

Published on Jun 28, 2024

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 - 6
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Keeping things simple and gluten-free with my Authentic 30-Minute Thai Chicken Curry Dish.  This is the simplest weeknight dinner and tastes better than takeout. With its light coconut milk base seasoned with red curry spices, lime juice and plenty of rainbow colored fresh vegetables, it’s a wholesome dinner perfect for any night of the week.

30-Minute Thai Chicken Curry: Key Ingredients

Our star ingredients include tender chicken pieces, coconut milk for creaminess, and Thai red curry paste for that much loved Thai flavor. For texture and nutrition, I added crisp bell peppers, sweet onions, carrots, green beans, and mushrooms. The chicken curry is finished with fish sauce, lime juice, and herbs for a refreshing finish.

thai chicken curry in a skillet

Vegetables For Thai Curry

When preparing Thai curry, selecting the right vegetables is key for flavor and texture. Choose the vegetables based on personal preference and seasonal availability to make each batch of curry nutritious and uniquely yours! Here are some commonly used vegetables for Thai curry:

Bell Peppers: Whether red, green, or yellow, bell peppers add sweetness and crunch to Thai curry. They also provide a vibrant color contrast.

Bamboo Shoots: Available fresh or canned, bamboo shoots add a crunchy texture and absorb the flavors of the curry sauce.

Green Beans: Trimmed and halved green beans add a crisp bite to the curry. They retain their vibrant green color and add freshness.

Carrots: Cut into strips, they add color, texture and sweetness.

Zucchini: Sliced zucchini (courgette) can be added for a softer texture and subtle flavor that complements the spices in the curry.

Sugar Snap Peas: These peas add sweetness and a satisfying crunch. They are typically added towards the end of cooking to maintain their crispness.

Baby Corn: Tender baby corn adds a mild sweetness and a pleasing crunch to Thai curry. They are often used in stir-fries as well.

Mushrooms: Thai curries sometimes include mushrooms such as straw mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms for their earthy flavor and meaty texture.

Thai Basil: While not a vegetable, Thai basil leaves are essential for adding a fresh, aromatic flavor to Thai curry. They are typically torn and stirred into the curry just before serving.

Kaffir Lime Leaves: Again, not a vegetable, but these leaves are used to impart a citrusy, floral aroma to Thai curries. They are usually added whole and removed before serving.

thai chicken curry simmering in a skillet

Tips for Adding Vegetables:

Timing: Add vegetables to the curry based on their cooking times. Harder vegetables like carrots and onions can go in earlier, while softer vegetables like bell peppers or green beans should be added later to retain their crunch.

Size and Shape: Cut vegetables into uniform sizes and shapes for even cooking and presentation.

Balance: Aim for various colors and textures to make your Thai curry flavorful.

serving thai chicken curry with rice in a bowl


Before serving, stir in fresh Thai basil leaves or Cilantro for a burst of herbal freshness, and squeeze lime wedges over the curry to brighten up the flavors. The dish is then ladled generously over fluffy jasmine rice or gluten-free rice noodles.

Thai Curry vs Indian Curry

Thai curry and Indian curry differ significantly in flavor, ingredients, and cooking techniques.. Here’s a comparison of Thai curry vs Indian curry:

Curry Flavor

Thai Curry:

  • Base: Typically coconut milk forms the base, giving Thai curries a creamy and mildly sweet flavor.
  • Heat: Thai curries are known for their spiciness, mainly from fresh or dried chilies and Thai curry paste.
  • Aromatics: Lemongrass, galangal (Thai ginger), and kaffir lime leaves contribute to the fresh and citrusy aroma.
  • Herbs: Thai basil and cilantro are commonly used to add fragrance and freshness.

Indian Curry:

  • Base: Indian curries often use a combination of tomatoes, yogurt, or cream for their base, resulting in a rich and tangy flavor.
  • Spices: Indian curries are rich in spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala, giving them complex and layered flavors.
  • Aromatics: Onions, garlic, and ginger are often used to create a flavorful base.
  • Herbs: Fresh herbs like cilantro (coriander) are used primarily as garnishes rather than incorporated into the base.


  • Thai Curry: Besides coconut milk and Thai curry paste, common ingredients include chicken, beef, shrimp, or vegetables like bell peppers, bamboo shoots, and eggplant.
  • Indian Curry: Ingredients vary widely depending on the region and type of curry. Proteins like chicken, lamb, or fish are common, along with various vegetables such as potatoes, spinach, and peas.


  • Thai Curry: Thai curries come in different colors: red, green, yellow, and Massaman (which is more brownish). These colors mainly come from the types of chilies used in the curry paste.
  • Indian Curry: Indian curries can range from deep red (like vindaloo) to yellow (like korma) to brown (like rogan josh), influenced by the spices and ingredients used.

More Gluten-Free Thai Recipes To Explore

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Instant Pot Thai Green Chicken Soup

Salmon With Thai Coconut Cream Sauce

Easy Thai Cashew Chicken Ramen (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Vegan Thai Meatballs

Thai Red Curry With Chickpeas and Butternut Squash

thai food in a bowl

30-Minute Thai Chicken Curry: Recipe Review

Thai Curry Chicken is not just a meal it’s a way to enjoy the bold and intricate flavors of Thai cuisine. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, this gluten-free Thai Chicken Curry Recipe guarantees success with its authentic taste and simple preparation. 

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