Panang Curry: Your Go-To Takeaway Treat

Panang curry is a delicious and versatile dish that’s perfect for both beginners and experienced cooks. It’s rich, slightly sweet, and packed with flavor, making it a great choice for a quick and easy meal.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Thai Flavor at Home: Panang curry is similar to red curry but with a milder spice level and the addition of ground peanuts.
  • Everyday Ingredients: You can easily find most of the ingredients in your local grocery store, making it an accessible dish.

  • Versatile: Feel free to customize the recipe with your favorite protein and vegetables.


  • Chicken breasts or thighs
  • Red curry paste
  • Carrots
  • Red bell peppers
  • Light coconut milk

  • Thai basil (or regular basil)
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Peanut butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • Lime


  1. Sauté the onion in oil until softened.
  2. Add the curry paste and stir to coat the onion.
  3. Bring the coconut milk and basil to a boil.

  4. Add the carrots and bell peppers and boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat and add the chicken, bamboo shoots, peanut butter, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and coconut sugar.
  6. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the lime zest and juice.
  8. Serve hot with rice and a sprinkle of peanuts and basil.

Recipe Variations

  • Vegetarian: Omit the Worcestershire and fish sauce and add crispy tofu, air fryer tofu, or chickpeas.
  • Richer: Use one can of light coconut milk and one can of regular coconut milk for a thicker curry.

What to Serve with Panang Curry

  • Rice (brown, white, or cauliflower)

  • Quinoa
  • Rice noodles or wide egg noodles


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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