Easy Thai Chicken Panang Curry | พะแนงไก่

August 16, 2019 (Last Updated: March 3, 2020)

Thai chicken panang curry in a white bowl

Me and my chicken panang? Yeah, we’re best buds.

Let me just start by telling you that your homemade chicken panang will almost always be better than any takeout version because you get to choose your own ingredients and eat it fresh off the pan. Yes, panang does reheat well, making it perfect for make-ahead meals. But who doesn’t want to eat it freshly cooked?

Thai chicken panang curry in a white bowl

If you look online, you’ll see that there are a few ways to make panang. Some people start by cooking the protein in coconut milk, others by frying the curry paste with coconut milk. There’s no right or wrong here or at least that’s what I think. At the end of the day, it’s all about good food and being comfortable in the kitchen, right?

Thai chicken panang curry in a white bowl

Now, when I said some people start making panang by cooking meat in coconut milk, those people will usually set the meat and coconut milk aside, and then move on to the curry paste. This is absolutely fine, BUT when it comes to panang curry, I have a one-pan policy, and boy, don’t I love it. If you’re like me, I think you’re going to love my easy panang recipe which is ready in just 30 minutes too!

rice with Thai chicken panang curry



I realize I’m generalizing here but really we don’t usually make our own panang curry paste. This isn’t just true for panang but also our other curries (my family only makes our own paste for Thai sour curry). In Thailand we can get curry pastes inexpensively at any local market. Of course, they aren’t all great but we have our favorite curry paste stand at the market that we always go to. Generally, it’s more convenient to buy, unless you’re in for a good arm workout! This is not to say that making your own curry pastes is bad (I even want to explore that myself). It’s to say that, just because you buy the paste, it doesn’t mean your panang isn’t ‘real.’

rice with Thai chicken panang curry


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Thai Chicken Panang Curry Recipe

rice with Thai chicken panang curry

Delicious and filling, this creamy Thai chicken panang curry is super easy to make! It can be whipped up in minutes and also reheats well – perfect as a midweek dinner or make-ahead meal.

  • Author: Cooking with Nart
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Curries
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • 3 tablespoons panang curry paste
  • 250 ml coconut cream
  • 225 grams chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup pea eggplant (also known as Turkey berry)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 5 Thai red chilis, halved and deseeded
  • 9 kaffir lime leaves, 8 torn, 1 finely julienned


  1. In a large skillet with deep sides, fry the panang curry paste over medium heat until fragrant.
  2. Pour half of the coconut cream into the pan and bring to a boil.
  3. Once the coconut cream is boiling, add the chicken and pea eggplant and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the coconut cream. If your curry is too thick at this point, add ¼ cup of water or more. If not, skip the water.
  5. Season with ½ teaspoon of sugar. Taste and adjust as needed, but remember Thai panang curry has to be a little sweet.
  6. Add the red chili peppers and torn kaffir lime leaves. Cook for another minute and turn off the heat.
  7. Transfer the curry to serving bowls, garnish with finely julienned kaffir lime leaves and serve with rice. Even better, serve it on a bed of rice!

Keywords: Thai chicken panang curry, chicken curry, chicken panang, Thai curry, pea eggplants, Turkey berries

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  • Reply
    August 18, 2019 at 8:56 am

    This looks so flavorful and goes together so quickly! A must-try at our house. If I can’t get pea eggplants, since I’ve never seen them at our local Asian grocery, what would you use instead?

    • Reply
      August 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Beth! You can just leave them out. Some of us make panang without them 🙂

  • Reply
    Minda I Centsandfamily
    October 9, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Is Panang spicy? I didn’t know that eggplant is aka turkey berry!

    • Reply
      November 10, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      Hey Minda. There’s a bit of heat in it but it’s definitely not spicy spicy, hehe.

  • Reply
    Emily Zielinski
    March 21, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    This recipe looks delicious!! I don’t eat chicken but i might try your recipe with some Tofu instead. YUM!

    • Reply
      March 25, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you! I think tofu will be just as good 🙂

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