Yellow Thai curry paste is milder than the red or green versions. This flavourful coconut curry dish is great over hot rice.

Yield: Serves 6.



  • 3 tbsp Thai yellow curry paste
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil, divided
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inch)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup quartered shallots
  • 2 cups no-salt-added chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 cups cubed peeled yellow potatoes (1 inch)
  • 1 can (400 mL) coconut milk
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1/4 cup unsalted blanched roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste or fresh lime juice
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Combine curry paste, 1 tbsp oil and salt in a bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add star anise, cinnamon sticks and cardamom; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add shallots and sauté until softened and lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer shallots to a plate.
  3. Add chicken to Dutch oven and brown on both sides. Return shallots to Dutch oven. Add broth and fish sauce; stir to combine. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  5. Add potatoes, coconut milk and 1/2 cup basil; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until chicken and potatoes are tender, about 20 - 25 minutes. Remove from heat; remove and discard star anise and cinnamon sticks.
  6. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup basil, peanuts, brown sugar and tamarind paste. Serve over rice.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

489 calories, 29 g fat, 34 g protein, 25.7 g carbohydrate, 3.2 g fibre, 1700 mg sodium

*Ingredient not included in nutritional analysis.


Thai yellow curry paste should be available at Asian grocery stores. If desired, it may be substituted with Thai red or green curry paste. Look for them in the Asian section of large grocery stores. Tamarind paste is made from the fruit of a tree that is native to Asia and northern Africa and also found in India. Look for tamarind paste in Asian or Indian grocery stores.