Thai red chicken curry with butternut squash is a classic and a great favourite of mine. The colouring effect of the squash results in a curry that is orange rather than red; however it is still very definitely a Thai red curry. And if that sounds confusing, what you have to know is that in Thai when we refer to a red or green curry we are talking about the colour of the chilies we use to make the curry paste, not the colour of the finished curry. You can chop and change the ratio of chicken to squash in the recipe as you wish, or even omit the chicken altogether if you prefer. The kaffir lime leaves are optional and if you scroll to the bottom you will see where to buy them and how to prepare them.
One packet of red curry paste
300 g of butternut squash
1 can of coconut milk
500 g of chicken thighs sliced.
Cut the butternut squash into chunks and place in a saucepan with just enough water to cover the squash. Bring to a boil and simmer until just tender when pierced with a fork. This will normally be around 10 minutes. Drain the butternut squash and set aside.
In a separate pan heat the red curry paste until it starts to bubble.
Add half the can of coconut milk and heat again until it bubbles.
Add the sliced chicken thighs and stir through.
Cover and simmer gently for around 8 minutes.
Add the remainder of the coconut milk and stir.
Add the butternut squash and some of the chopped peppers, reserving some to garnish the dish, and cook for around another 8 minutes, check that the squash is tender.
Serve with the reserved peppers.
(Optional) I’m also using some finely cut kaffir lime leaves, if you want to do likewise then check out this page on where to buy them, Kaffir Lime Leaves. Prepare the kaffir lime leaves by rolling several of them together and then chopping them finely into strips with a sharp knife as in the picture below.
I also like to serve this dish with a basic Thai “nam prik” or dipping sauce. This consists of equal amounts of Thai fish sauce and fresh lime juice into which a couple of chilies are chopped. This is optional depending on how spicy you like your food!
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