Saturday, May 18, 2013

Egg Noodles in Rich Chicken Curry Sauce

Whew, it has been a pretty crazy week! We had a wonderful time at the wedding - it was at the Jefferson memorial, so pretty!  Then we headed down to Charlottesville to see the sights and visit old friends.  And finally, after a loooong flight back to California, I proctored my students' final exam and did a ton of grading.  If you, like me, are in need of a simple, warm dish to curl up on the couch with, this curry chicken with egg noodles is the perfect choice.  The curry sauce sounds like it might be out-of-control spicy with both curry powder and curry paste, but it's actually perfectly balanced.  Warm spices combine with sweet coconut milk and salty fish sauce to create a fantastic sauce.  Of course, you could serve the chicken over rice, but I really liked it over egg noodles for a little something different.  I found these in the refrigerated section at the grocery, but the original recipe recommends using any egg noodles you find (whether Asian or Italian).

Egg Noodles in Rich Chicken Curry Sauce (adapted from The Kitchn, original recipe here)
Serves 4

Coconut oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 large shallot, minced
1/4 cup Thai red curry paste
1/4 cup curry powder
15 ounce can coconut milk
1-1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 T sugar
2 tsp fish sauce
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
3/4 pound fresh or dried egg noodles 
Vegetable oil
Roasted chopped peanuts
Lime wedges

1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add enough oil to generously coat the bottom of the pan (I used a couple of spoonfuls, your mileage may vary).  When the coconut oil is melted, add the garlic and shallots.  Cook for a minute or so, until softened.  Add the curry paste and curry powder, and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
2. Pour in the coconut milk, chicken broth, fish sauce, and sugar.  Gently whisk the sauce to eliminate any large lumps.  Add the chicken thighs, bring to a boil, and then lower heat to a simmer.  Simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Remove the chicken from the sauce using tongs, and place on a cutting board.  Working carefully to avoid burning yourself, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, scraping off any visible bits of fat as you go.  Return the chicken to the sauce and simmer for another 15 minutes.
4. While the sauce is bubbling away, cook the noodles according to package directions.  Drain, and toss with a little oil to keep the noodles from sticking.  Try to time things so the noodles and sauce are done at about the same time.
5. Serve the sauce over the noodles.  Serve with cilantro, peanuts, and lime wedges to squeeze over the bowl.

Posing with friends before the ceremony...


  1. This is the kind of thing I could eat everyday. Big fan of noodles here!

  2. Glad the wedding was fun! That is a long trip though. That dish is right up my alley. I used to not like fish sauce, but it adds such a depth of flavor to dishes.

  3. I wish I could keep fresh cilantro growing in the house at all times for dishes like this one.
    I am not a gardener so I can't grow em.
    But I should get one of those aerogardens.

    1. Yes, it's so worth it to have fresh herbs around, however you have to accomplish it! We don't have a yard, but we've got a big pot with a few kinds on our back steps...they don't live forever (probably a lot less than if they were in the ground), but it still works out better than having to purchase at the grocery each time. :)