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Novo's Thai green chicken curry

Novo's Thai green chicken curry
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: Recently, my best childhood friend treated me to a creekside birthday dinner at beautiful Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. We both had the Thai green chicken curry, and it was absolutely incredible. I tried an online recipe ... Read more

Total time: 2 hours | Serves 6 to 8

Thai green curry paste

  • 2 serrano chiles, seeded
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • Rind of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Scant 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • Heaping 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Heaping 1 teaspoon Laos powder
  • Heaping 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Step 1Coarsely chop the chiles, onion, cilantro and lemon rind, and place them in a blender. Add the black pepper, garlic, salt, coriander, cumin, Laos powder and turmeric. With the blender running, slowly add the canola oil to make a paste. This makes a generous cup of curry paste, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe. The paste can be frozen, then thawed as needed to be used in recipes.

Thai green chicken curry

  • 2 (14-ounce) cans coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Thai green curry paste, more if desired
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, cut into about 2-inch pieces and smashed (with a mallet or the heel of a knife)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken thigh meat (from 4 to 5 pounds whole thighs)
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Step 1In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, whisk together the coconut milk, curry paste, lemon grass, fish sauce and salt. Add the chicken and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, gently simmering, until the chicken is tender, 30 to 45 minutes.

Step 2Taste, adding additional curry paste if desired, and adjusting the seasonings and flavorings if needed. Remove the lemon grass pieces (or ask your guests to refrain from eating them). Stir in the jalapenos and cilantro before serving. This makes about 8 cups of curry. Ladle the curry into bowls.

Note: Adapted from Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. Laos powder, which is dried, ground galangal root, is available at Thai markets.


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