Avocado Green Curry

Avocado Green Curry | platingsandpairings.com
Avocado Green Curry | platingsandpairings.com

I’ve been on serious overload these past couple of weeks! Between the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle a couple weeks ago, to another exciting, yet nerve wracking project that I’ve been working on (more to come on that soon I hope!) – Stressed out is a bit of an understatement… So, to cope, I do what any true foodie would do – I hit the comfort food, and this dish is just that for me. It’s so good that it deserves a jazz hands introduction ? AVOCADO GREEN CURRY ?.

Avocado Green Curry | platingsandpairings.com

When I’m in a funk, I like to get into the zone –>  Work clothes off  ✔ “comfies” on  ✔ Real Housewives tuned into ✔ glass of wine poured ✔ We’re in for a good night at that point. But when you have all those things and this Avocado Green Curry – Your night just got SO much better!

For many, the first dish that comes to mind when talking “comfort food” is mac ‘n cheese. No so for me. Thai food is my go-to. However, in a pinch, you could say this dish is a bit like mac ‘n cheese’s exotic cousin – It’s rich, saucy and begging to be devoured.

And, really, can I just get a fist bump for adding some extra avocado into your life? ??

Who doesn’t love avocado? I’ll take it any way I can get it – Avocado toast (AKA best invention ever), guacamole, on top of a salad…  HOWEVER, I am absolutely never consuming avocado in a smoothie again. I tried it once – “You won’t even notice the flavor” the recipe says, “it adds extra creaminess” it says – No, no, NO! I totally noticed the flavor, and creamy?! ? I felt like I couldn’t even swallow. Waaaaayyyyy to much richness going on – A herbally, savory, grassy richness that does not belong in my morning beverage. No thank you very much.

Avocado DOES belong in this curry. Avocado SO belongs in this curry. Avocados may have been put on the earth to be in this curry… Their rich flavor is awesome with the coconut milk curry sauce, the bright fresh herbs, the zesty citrus, and the heat of the poblano pepper, and the saltiness, and the yum yum yum… Bowl consumed, world a better place, time for more wine…

How about you? What’s your favorite comfort food to dive into when you’re stressed?

Avocado Green Curry | platingsandpairings.com

Avocado Green Curry

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Platings & Pairings
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Ingredients

  • 1 stalk fresh lemongrass
  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 4 cups coconut milk two cans
  • 3 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
  • 1 lime zested and cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 poblano chile seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Peel the lemongrass until you reach the tough inner white bulb. Mince.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until golden brown (approximately eight minutes). Set the chicken aside.
  3. Add the coconut milk to the pot, and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat until reduced to about three cups (approximately 15 minutes).
  4. Stir in the curry paste, and simmer for an additional five minutes.
  5. Return the chicken to the pot along with any juices. Add the lemongrass, lime zest, chicken stock, and fish sauce. Partially cover, and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. Add the poblano, cilantro, and basil. Cook, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice and lime wedges.

ERIN’s TIPS:

ERIN’s PAIRINGS:

  • Sauvignon Blanc’s grassy, herbal, bright notes are a great match for this the fresh basil and cilantro in this Thai green curry.
  • A dry Gewurztraminer or Riesling also make a great match for this spicy dish. Their slight sweetness balances out the heat of the curry, and the citrus flavors found in these wines echo the lime in the dish.

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13 comments

  1. Rachel Lloyd

    Avocado ANYTHING is usually pretty good, but I also love curry- this is a must try for me!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Rachel!

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  2. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    That does sound like a great night! And I love the pairings – I never know what to drink with Thai!

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    1. Erin

      Riesling, gewurztraminer, and rosés are always my Thai food go-to wines.

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  3. Erin

    Totally on board with Thai as a comfort food! And agreed, avocados are the best!

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  4. Lindsay (@RunWithTongs)

    Avocado in curry? This is a new idea for me but it sounds fantastic.

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    1. Erin

      It is REALLY good Lindsay, the flavors really compliment each other nicely!

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  5. Aubrie LeGault

    I love curry anything. This sounds amazing. It’s also the only time I bust out a Reisling so that’s alway fun.

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    1. Erin

      Aubrie – You need to break out the Riesling more often! It goes great with sushi too!

      Reply

  6. Lindsey

    I made this tonight and it was wonderful not as spicy as I would like. Any ideas on making it more spicy? Also, next time I think I will add veggies to it as well! Can’t wait to cook it again, thank you!

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    1. Erin

      Hi Lindsey – You could spice this up by adding more curry, or you could mince up some jalapeno or Serrano and add that into the mix.

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      1. Lindsey

        Thank you! Can’t wait to make it again.

        Reply

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