© Kate Winslow
Active Time
20 MIN
Total Time
55 MIN
Serves : 6

Dried New Mexico red chiles, which offer a deep, mellow heat, are available at Latin American grocery stores and many supermarkets. Slideshow: More Curry Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Rinse the dried chiles, then remove and discard the stems and seeds. Put the chiles in a small bowl and cover with warm water. Let soak for 30 minutes.

Step 2    

Lift the chiles from the soaking water, reserving 2 tablespoons of the water. Transfer the chiles to a blender, along with the chopped onion, garlic, ginger, curry powder and the reserved 2 tablespoons of water. Blend until very smooth.

Step 3    

Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over moderately high heat. Add the chile paste and fry, stirring, until fragrant and a shade darker, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk and salt and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken breasts to the pan, reduce the heat to moderately low, and simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Step 4    

Using tongs, remove the chicken breasts from the pan and set aside on a plate until cool enough to handle, then tear the meat into bite-size pieces.

Step 5    

Meanwhile, cook the vermicelli in a large pot of boiling water, according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold running water until cool. Set aside.

Step 6    

Stir the fish sauce, bean sprouts and red onion into the soup and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir the chicken back into the soup and simmer until heated through. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Step 7    

To serve, divide the noodles evenly between 6 deep soup bowls and ladle the soup over. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

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