Vietnamese chicken curry

Vietnamese chicken curry

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • Woolworths David Nieuwoudt Cinsault Rosé

“I’ve made a few changes to Diana Henry’s original – I’m cheeky that way.” – Sam Woulidge


  • 4 T peanut oil
  • 4 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 T garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 T fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 T fresh chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 T fresh turmeric finely chopped
  • 1 T lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 1 T ground coriander
  • 1 x 400 ml can coconut cream
  • 1 x 400 ml can coconut milk
  • 2 cups good-quality chicken stock
  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 kg sweet potato peeled, sliced and diced
  • 2 rotisserie chicken (or 1.5kg cooked chicken, torn into pieces)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 60 g fresh basil, torn
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • rice, for serving (optional)

Cooking Instructions

1. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onions over a medium heat until golden, about 10 minutes.

2. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli, turmeric, lemongrass and coriander and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.

3. Add the coconut cream and milk, stock, fish sauce and sugar and bring to the boil. Add the sweet potato, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20–30 minutes, or until the sweet potato is softened.

4 Add the chicken, lime juice, basil and season to taste. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes, squishing some of the sweet potato with a spoon to thicken the sauce.

5 Serve with rice if you must.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Production: Bianca Strydom
Food assistant: Ellen Schwerdtfeger

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Cape Town-based writer Sam Woulidge is a regular TASTE columnist, blogger and author of 'Confessions of a Hungry Woman'. Follow her on Twitter @samwoulidge

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    Kim Fischer
    July 18, 2023

    How much chicken and what cut is required?

    1. Annzra Denita
      July 19, 2023

      Hi there, apologies for the omission. We have updated the recipe now. It’s 2 rotisserie chickens or 1.5 kg cooked chicken torn into pieces. Annzra Denita Naidoo – Online Editor