Thai style chicken


So I get my kicks from reinventing my leftovers (because I love food and hate waste), to me I see it as a challenge to make it even better than it was the first time around.  This is exactly how this dish came about.  I bought a large chicken on special and surprisingly not even my team of serial eaters could consume the lot.  So we actually had leftover roast chicken, yay what a treat!

The challenge with precooked chicken is not dry it out 2nd time around, so that’s why I opted for the wet method of cookery (gentle poach) to add moisture and flavour as well as gently reheating.  So this is how Curious Kale’s Thai style chicken was born.

Family rating:
6-year-old – big thumbs up
3-year-old – thumbs up but not big on capsicum
Hubby – all over it!
Me – Its one of my favourites as I love Thai food and it sits nice and light in your tummy! (Spoken like a Mum with a 3-year-old haha!)

Thai style chicken
Ready in: 20 minutes

  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 large celery stalk or two small
  • 1 TBSP fresh ginger
  • 3 X kaffir lime leaves
  • coconut cream
  • 2 TBSP Fish sauce
  • 7 cherry toms
  • coriander (small handful)
  • 1 mild chilli (I used Hungarian cos that’s what we are growing at the moment) or if you like a wee kick but have kids just add your chilli flakes at the end!
  • Leftover roast chicken – (if you don’t have leftover chicken you can use raw but of course cooking times will vary and you will need to fry and colour you chicken prior to adding remaining ingredients.  Make sure you cut your chicken into bite size pieces.

To serve with:

  • Rice noodles
  • Or Basmati rice

    Prepare the vegetables, slice celery, capsicum.  Peel and grate ginger.

    Over medium/high heat sauté capsicum and celery until soft.  Then add ginger, kaffir lime leave coconut cream and fish sauce. Bring to a simmer for few minutes then add cherry toms and chicken to reheat (3 minutes or so)

    Serve when chicken is heated through.

    Aroha nui


    Kaffir lime trees – If you love your Thai then I suggest you grow one of these trees.  They are super low maintenance.  I grow mine in a wine barrel and then you have all the kaffir lime leaves possibly need!   You can even share with neighbours friends etc.  So if you are local and would like to try this recipe feel free to contact me and I can give you some of my leaves.  I’m super passionate about sharing the love x

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