Thai Chicken Curry with Leek

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 1 reviews

Asian food recipes Chicken Soups and Stews

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 04:04 pm

Thai Chicken Curry with Leek has tons of veggies, is fairly spicy, very creamy, and with fresh aromas of lime and lemongrass.

This dish is very diverse, since it can be used as a soup or over rice. For other soup related recipes, I recommend Instant Pot Lasagna SoupInstant Pot Tomato Soup and Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup.

Thai Chicken Curry

This Thai chicken curry with basil and other goodies in it is so soul warming, and it makes delicious leftovers. So let me tell you more about it, the broth consists of creamy aromatic coconut milk. Also, it has tender chicken breast and summer veggies that are cooked to perfection. In addition, delicious yellow squash soaks all the flavors. Then, buttery leeks add texture, and the basil adds an unexpected freshness and bright aroma to balance the curry flavor.

I call this healthy body and soul food, just a few white potatoes are added to thicken the broth, but they can totally be skipped. Fresh lemon grass and some ginger makes this dish shine and the spicy roasted chili peppers add the right amount of heat. This curry can be served as a soup, it has all the right ingredients to keep you satisfied. Similarly, it can be served with brown rice and some delicious naan bread on the side. It’s your choice, but both options are equally tasteful.

Can I substitute the meat in the soup

Absolutely. You can use ground chicken, turkey or beef can also be used, the soup will be thicker in that case.

How tot Freeze Thai Chicken Curry

  • First, cool the soup completely.
  • Then, use a cup to transfer the soup from the pot into freezer safe quart bags.
  • Next, squeeze out excess air and seal the bags.
  • Lay the bags flat in the freezer.
  • The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

HOW TO REHEAT Thai Chicken Curry

  • First, thaw the curry overnight in the fridge or add the frozen bag to a large casserole dish and place under running warm water.
  • Then, transfer the curry to a dutch oven or saucepan over low-medium heat.
  • When reheating, you may need to add a bit of milk or cream, add ¼ cup at a time.
  • Next, stir to combine and simmer for a 2-3 minutes.

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This red Thai chicken curry with basil, has tons of veggies, is fairly spicy, very creamy, and with fresh aromas of lime and lemongrass.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 343kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


Curry Paste:

  • 6 dried New Mexican chiles
  • 3 shallots (peeled)
  • 10 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can coconut milk (I used full fat)
  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes (peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces)
  • 1 yellow squash (cut into half lengthwise and chopped)
  • 1 leek (root removed, cleaned and cut into rondelles, excluding the leaves)
  • 1 onion (cut into 3/4-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound chicken breast (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil


Curry Paste:

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or baking paper. Arrange chiles on prepared sheet and toast until puffed and a little brown, 4 to 6 minutes.When cool enough to handle, stem and seed chiles and tear into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
  • In a blender, place chiles, shallots and garlic, process until finely ground, about 1 minute. Add ginger, water, lime juice, oil, fish sauce, curry powder, cumin, and pepper to blender. Process until a smooth paste is achieved, scraping down sides of blender jar as needed.


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until shimmering. Add the curry paste, lemongrass paste and chicken, cook and stir constantly, until paste begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, coconut milk, potatoes, onion, yellow squash, leek, peanuts, and salt, stirring and scraping the sides of the pan. Bring to simmer and cook until potatoes are just tender, 12 to 14 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in lime zest. When serving garnish with a hefty amount of fresh basil.
  • Serve as thai soup, or with jasmine rice on the side. For a healthier version serve with brown rice.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 800mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3.6mg
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Kennedy Cole@ KCole's Creative Corner

This looks great, Katatlina! And I can't blame them for wanting to have this delicious looking curry over that sad fish ;) This looks so flavorful!


Thanks KC, they loved it!


Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

Aww. Your poor hubby and father! Reminds me of when I used to go fishing (though it was never for 20 hours!), I would catch like a boot or random crap off the bottom of the lake. Or a barnacle off the dock in the ocean. I sucked at fishing! Lol. They are lucky to have you because I'm sure this curry put a smile on their face! And filled their bellies! I love Thai basil curry yours absolutely looks wonderful! Hearty, scrumptious and seriously flavorful! Love! <3 Cheers, girlie!


Hey Cheyanne, yes, this curry was much appreciated by our fishermen lol I had the same luck with fishing just like you :)


Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

This dish looks fantastic, Katalina! I just had a chicken curry dish over the weekend, but this looks a lot better than what I ate. I love the squash in here too. Sounds so flavorful!


You are right Gayle, its very flavorful, that why we all loved it.


My Dish is Bomb

I absolutely love Thai curries and I would definitely keep the potatoes in; I think that's one of my favourite ways to eat potatoes actually. I didn't have any luck fishing last week either but some friends of mine caught a bunch!


Yes, its one delicious way to get your potato fix :) I like it too that way!


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