Chicken and Eggplant Red Curry


A quick sauté of fresh garlic, ginger and lemongrass boosts the flavor and depth of store-bought red curry paste. Slideshow: More Curry Recipes 

Chicken and Eggplant Red Curry
Photo: © Kate Winslow
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins



  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 scallions, sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced

  • One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks

  • One 3-inch piece of lemongrass

  • 2 tablespoons store-bought red curry paste

  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • Salt

  • One 13 1/2-ounce can coconut milk, well shaken

  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves

  • Steamed white rice, for serving

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add the scallions, garlic, ginger and lemongrass and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add the eggplant, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir gently until evenly coated with the curry paste. Cook until the eggplant begins to soften, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the chicken broth and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the eggplant is tender, about 10 minutes. Add the chicken and continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Stir in the fish sauce, lime juice and basil. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve the curry over steamed white rice, with lime wedges on the side.

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