Easy Panang Chicken Curry

Easy Panang Chicken Curry

Panang curry which is also spelled as Penang or Phanaeng, is another curry in Thai cuisine. This mild curry has a strong nutty base amid coconut creaminess and can be enjoyed by those who can’t handle spicier curries, and those that enjoy the taste of satay sauce as there are slight similarities in flavor. 

Easy Panang Chicken Curry

Today I will be using a pre-made curry paste to make an easy dish as I did with beef massaman curry. So here’s a quick and easy recipe for curry enthusiasts that’ll get dinner on the table in 30 minutes.  I chose to go with the Maesri brand of curry paste but you can also go for Mae Ploy. Serve on a bed of rice and a side of veggies.

Easy Panang Chicken Curry

Chicken and be substituted with beef, or tofu for the vegetarians and you can add all sorts of vegetables as a filler; red bell peppers, cucumbers, green beans or peas. Be sure to be careful once it starts to boil, it can spit. I got some curry in my eye and lordy did it hurt!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use thick coconut milk for a creamy, thick curry
  • If you need more salt, use fish sauce
  • If you want it sweeter, use brown sugar
Easy Panang Chicken Curry
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Easy Panang Chicken Curry

Easy Panang Chicken Curry

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 can (4 oz.) Panang curry paste
  • 1 1/2 cups thick coconut milk
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (optional)


  1. Over medium high heat, saute the curry paste in some oil until fragrant
  2. Pour in coconut milk and bring to a boil
  3. Add chicken (and vegetables if any) and stir to combine
  4. Do a taste test and add brown sugar for a sweeter curry or fish sauce for a more savory curry
  5. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until the curry has thickened
  6. Dish and serve hot
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins

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  • Reply
    William Morgan
    March 8, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    The Easy Panang Chicken Curry recipe is incomplete. The list of ingredients includes brown sugar and fish sauce; but the instructions do not mention those items

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 8, 2016 at 4:06 PM

      The brown sugar and fish sauce are optional, depending on how you want it to taste. I’ve gone ahead and updated the ingredient and instructions to reflect this!

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