Thai Chicken and Noodle Panang Curry is your go-to recipe when you need a chicken and noodle fix–with a kick. The secret ingredient in Thai Chicken and Noodle Curry is the curry paste, originally from Malaysia and now popular all over northern Thailand. It keeps in the fridge for months, and once you have it, you can whip up this recipe any time. Use the larger amount if you like heat.
10-ounce wide rice noodles
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup minced shallots
12 ounces boned, skinned chicken breast, thinly sliced crosswise
1 1/2 tablespoons Panang curry paste, such as Mae Ploy brand*
1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup cilantro leaves and small sprigs
1/2 cup Thai basil* leaves and small sprigs
1 lime, cut into wedges
1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add garlic and shallots and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chicken, curry paste, turmeric, and half the coconut milk. Stir well to dissolve paste and boil until liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining coconut milk, the sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, and fish sauce, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is slightly thicker, 2 to 3 minutes more.
3. Add noodles, toss to coat, and cook a few minutes until hot, stirring often. Pour mixture into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with green onions, cilantro, and basil. Serve with lime wedges.
*Find in grocery stores’ Asian foods aisle, at Asian markets, or on amazon.com. Use regular basil if Thai isn’t available.