Chicken Massaman Curry

So I’m tweeting with Phillip Phillips’ girlfriend. Is this a new low for me? I prefer to think of it as a new awesome.

I tried tweeting with Phillip himself, but when I noticed a line of cop cars in front of my house and snipers in my birch trees, I climbed down from my chimney, turned down “In Your Eyes” blaring from my Macbook Pro, and zipped up my trench coat, heeey-oh!


She’s a nice girl and I hate her. She’s going to be at the show tonight and I hate her. She gets to make out with Phillip after the show and I hate her. It’s things like massaman curry that massage the broken soul during times like these.


Okay but real quick. I need to bring something up because I need clarification (and a new trench coat, stupid chimney) for something. Is it masSaman or maSaman? Because my little can of paste just had the one “s” but most everything I see online has two.



It doesn’t really matter because in my head it’s massasammassmamsman curry. You should hear the way I say THAT word.


Oh, speaking of! After the whole “flatbreaaaad” thing, I’ve had quite a few requests to make the audio clip a regular feature. Like, audio clip day! Or “HWBSTW.” How Would Bev Say That Word. I’m already over complicating every single one of your lives.

But what do you think? Yay? Nay? Sock it to me? Stick to the voices in my head? Get back up on the chimney and quit bothering me?


Have I mentioned how gloriously sublime masssasmasmamamasan curry is? Chunks of tender chicken, potato and crisp snow peas all swimming together in a thick, luscious pool of coconut curry sexiness. With crunchy roasted peanuts and fresh sprigs of cilantro on top. And hints of freshly squeezed lime juice in every bite. You could strap me to a herd of raging bulls headed for a 500-foot cliff with a lake of this stuff on the other side and I would protest noneth.

Or if you wanted to make it a herd of raging Phillips, I’m okay with that too.

*I swear I will stop talking about him one of these days.*

Chicken Massaman Curry:

What it took for 2 (with leftovers!):

* 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
* 1 (4 oz) can massaman curry paste
* 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
* 10 small red potatoes, quartered
* 2 chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
* 1 cup snow peas, cut into diagonal chunks
* 1 lime
* 1/4 cup cilantro
* 1/4 cup roasted peanuts

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high. Add the onions and saute until softened and slightly browned, 5 minutes. Add the curry paste and 1/4 cup of the coconut milk; stir to combine. Once the flavors have bloomed, about a minute, add the rest of the coconut milk and bring to a light simmer.

Add the potatoes, lower the heat, cover and simmer until they start to soften, 15 minutes. Add the chicken, cover and simmer 10 more minutes.

Add the snow peas and simmer 2 more minutes.

Squeeze in the lime juice and stir to combine.

Serve curry garnished with cilantro and peanuts!

*You could always serve with this with brown or white rice, but I didn’t want to over starch my face with potatoes AND rice. Do what you love!

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33 Responses to Chicken Massaman Curry

  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets March 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm #
    Massaman curry is my absolute favorite dish. I have a version on my blog too! This reminds me I want to make it again, soon!!! Thanks Bev!!!
  2. Ryan March 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm #
    yay - let the voices come out of your head. We would like to hear them, too :)
  3. Lisa Russo March 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm #
    This looks DEEEEEVINE! Going on the must-make list!
  4. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm #
    You stalking Phillip Phillips make me feel so much better about me stalking you. :) This looks amazing. AMAZING! I am making it STAT!
  5. Cassie March 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm #
    This looks amazing. Love the colors and the coconut milk...nice!
  6. Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls March 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm #
    Bev your curry is beautiful and I so enjoy your posts! I pinned this to the BEST food blogger recipe board because it definitely NEEDS to be there :)
  7. brandi March 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm #
    i don't care how you say OR spell it - masssssaman curry is our Favorite!!
  8. Martin March 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm #
    Nice post and great pictures. A lovely, well known but always delicious sothern Thai standard... If you like it a bit different, say more special, next time (and if you can get your hands on respective ingredients), it's also interesting to try your Massaman curry without lemmon juice but take lemmon grass instead. We sometimes also play with hints of black fermented srimp paste, oyster sauce, more curry paste (in Thailand it would be rather 8 oz :-). It's also amazing with white fish in a less soupy version with just 1/3 liquid and plain water instead of coconut milk. PS: MaSaman, MaTSaman... depends on language/dialect and means basically 'muslim' here... It's a dish originated from the muslim communities in southern Thai regions, and I think the English term should be MaSSaman. PSS: I admit it: it's been a bit difficult to catch up with your post's intro because I'm not from the U.S. and, thus, not too familiar with the current American Idol celebs... We have our own Philips here, of course. Usually I can't remember their names/faces because they're changing so fast... :-)
  9. Erin March 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm #
    Yea my tummy just grumbled, and it would be highly entertaining to hear you say words. But at the same time it's fun trying to imagine it too.
  10. Katie March 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm #
    I love your little bowls with the handles and I love what's inside them even more. Those little snappy snow peas are calling my name. LOUDLY.
  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm #
    i love those big ole roasted peanuts and the coconut milk...YUM!
  12. Maria March 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm #
    I haven't had curry in a long time. It's time!
  13. Julie @ Table for Two March 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm #
    mmm this looks so delicious! i read "massaman" as mass ah that even how you say it?! haha i guess it doesn't matter because all i know is that i'm going to make this!
  14. Jennifer | Mother Thyme March 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm #
    I am going to be thinking of this curry all day now. This looks amazing!
  15. Deanna B. March 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm #
    Please make the audio clip like a weekly thing. It was the highlight of my day. Now in my head I say flatbread the same way. Mmm...curry.
  16. Margarita March 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm #
    Love curries! Another great one to try!
  17. DessertForTwo March 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm #
    I am in full support of the HWBSTW series! bring it! :) :)
  18. Kathryn March 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm #
    Another vote for HWBSTW here. Love massaman curry, I used to go to college round the corner from an awesome market and there was a stall that served massaman curry and I would have it almost every week!
  19. Kiran @ March 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm #
    YUMMERS!! I love massaman curries and need to get some curry paste soon to make this!!
  20. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm #
    I love curry, but have never heard of this before. It looks incredible though, I am going to look for a jar next time I go to the store!
  21. Catrice Medema March 22, 2012 at 10:03 am #
    Awesome Blog
  22. Mrs R March 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm #
    Oh my gosh, I found this blog after doing a little Phil cyber-stalking myself lol!! And, yes, I am a happily married woman, just like you :-) thanks for the laugh and the cool recipe, I'll have to try it sometime.
  23. Sarah March 23, 2012 at 6:40 am #
    This curry recipe looks fantastic. Mmm...I love snap peas. I just recently cooked curry for the first time and fell in love - I'll have to try this recipe next.
  24. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 24, 2012 at 3:39 am #
    You keep mentioning this Phillip Phillip's man and I had no idea who he was until now. Don't judge me, Bev! I just don't watch a lot of TV! Anyway, this massaman curry looks so flavorful and creamy. Now I've never tried anything with massaman curry paste but I trust you when you tell me that this is amazing. After all, your Thai green curry sent me to the moon!
  25. Deborah March 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm #
    Want!! Now I'm in the mood for curry...
  26. Jenny April 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm #
    THIS will be in my face hole tonight!!!! Summer Shandy Beer to go with...........So excited!!! Even if I had to search for Massaman curry paste everywhere!!!!!!!
  27. Jenny April 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm # know this (your recipe) came up when googling images of massaman curry. :)
  28. Jenn January 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm #
    If I wanted the rice could I leave out the red potato without it effecting the consistency too much? Does the potato serve to thicken it at all? I pinned this a while back but haven't made it yet. Will likely make it in the next week or so, I love Massaman Curry!
  29. Becky September 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm # that's a lot of massaman curry paste. I just had throw out a whole pan of onions, coconut milk and curry. We are going to go back to the store tomorrow for more coconut milk so I can try again but with a tablespoon or two of curry paste. It smells just like the massaman curry I get at thai restaurants, but like fiery death. I'm just glad I saw that the color was way off and tasted it before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  30. Averie September 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm #
    what type of canned curry paste did you use? I'm having a hard time finding a good one.
    • Bev Weidner September 30, 2015 at 10:25 am #
      You know, it was so long ago! I just bought whatever my little Asian market had. I feel like anything would work. Good luck!


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