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Nico Panagio’s Thai chicken potjie

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30 minutes
1 hour

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  • coconut oil, for frying
  • 1 T fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 T fresh garlic, diced
  • 1 T fresh red chilli, chopped
  • 5-6 T Thai red curry paste
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, whole, peeled and pounded
  • 8-12 chicken pieces
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 punnet baby marrows
  • 1 punnet patty pans
  • 1-2 tins coconut milk
  • 1 cups chicken stock
  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 2 T lime juice
  • brown sugar (optional)
  • fresh coriander, for serving
  • Long grain jasmine rice, cooked

Heat the oil in the potjie. Fry the patty pan, marrows and peppers. Remove once cooked but still crisp.

Heat more oil. Fry the ginger, garlic, chilli, lemongrass and curry paste for about 2 minutes, or until you can smell the aromas. Add the chicken pieces and fry for another minute or 2. Add 1 tin coconut milk and chicken stock. Cook for 1 hour. Add ½ to 1 tin of coconut milk if it becomes dry.

Add lime juice, fish sauce, and brown sugar, to taste. Add the fried veggies and remove the lemongrass.

Serve hot with fresh chopped coriander and jasmine rice.

Nico Panagio

Recipe by: Nico Panagio

The host of Survivor SA is used to exotic locations, and testing contestants to their limits. But when he's at home with his wife Christi, he loves to cook this easy potjie.

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  • default
    2 December 2020

    Hi. What can I use instead of lemongrass. Very difficult to get where we live?

    1. Annzra Denita
      4 December 2020

      Hello, lemon zest is a good substitute for lemongrass. Annzra, TASTE Digital Editor

  • default
    19 April 2020

    Found the dish very Tasty, but 2hours to cook chicken does not seem correct.
    We cooked for just over an hour.

    1. default
      13 May 2020

      Hi Errol, Thank you for your feedback. 2 hours is indeed too long, we have amended the recipe. Happy potjie cooking!

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