Red Curry Chicken with Pineapple and Tomato Cherries



For the red curry

  • 6 pieces dried red chilies (10 to 15 min soaked in water)

  • 1 coriander root

  • 1/2 tbsp galangal finely chopped

  • 1/2 tbsp kaffir lime zest

  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 4 pieces shallots

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp roasted coriander seeds

  • 1/2  tsp white pepper

  • 1/2  tsp shrimp paste


  • 1 1/2 tbsp red curry paste

  • 150 gr chicken breast

  • 60 gr pineapple cut in cubes

  • 6 tomato cherries cut in half

  • 1/2 tsp cumin and coriander seeds

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 kaffir lime leave cut in to small pieces

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar

  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce

For the garlic paste

  • 1 coriander root

  • 2 cloves garlic

To Finish

  • 10 sweet basil leaves

  • 1 tbsp coconut cream

  • 1 red chili cut in julienne

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For the red curry paste

  • in a mortar pound all ingredients together until they become a smooth paste.

The recipe

  • In a mortar pound garlic with the coriander roots. Add into the red curry paste.  Set aside.
  • In a saucepan on a medium heat add vegetable oil and the  red curry paste. Stir- fry until an aroma develops. Add the coconut milk a little bit at a time.  Add  about 3 times and bring to a boil.
  • Add the chicken and simmer until cooked through.
  • Add fresh pineapple and cherry tomato.
  • Add kaffir lime leaves and red chili. Simmer for 3 minutes
  • Seasoning with fish sauce and coconut sugar.
  • Add sweet basil leaves and gently stir a bit.  Turn the heat off.

How to serve

  • Transfer to a serving bowl.  Garnish with coconut cream, sliced red chili and a  sweet basil leaves.

Benefits of spicy food

  • Weight Loss, Studies show that the main compound in chilies, called capsaicin, has a thermogenic effect and may cause the body to burn bonus calories for 20 minutes post chow-down.

  • Heart Health, studies show that cultures that eat the most spicy food have much lower incidence of heart attack and stroke.

  • Cancer Prevention, capsaicin has the ability to kill some cancer and leukemic cells. One particular spice, turmeric, found in curry powder and some mustards, may slow the spread of cancer and growth of tumors.

  • Lower Blood Pressure

  • Spicy foods boost production of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin. So they may help ease depression and stress