365 Days of Slow Cooking: Slow Cooker Chicken Massaman Curry (Updated Recipe!)

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Slow Cooker Chicken Massaman Curry (Updated Recipe!)

*Recipe Update*
This recipe for slow cooker chicken massaman curry is one of my family's favorites, especially my husband's.  My kids even ate it up quickly last night.  The flavors are yummy and not too strong.  I like to call this Chicken Curry (Put in the Crockpot) in a Hurry!  It is easy peasy to get going in the morning!  Hope you and your family love this one as much as we have for the past 2 years :)

Slow Cooker Chicken Massaman Curry
Slow Cooker Chicken Massaman Curry

Recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Massaman Curry

Makes 6 servings
Ideal slow cooker size:  4 quart
Cooking time:  4-6 hours

3 Tbsp red Thai curry paste (I used mild)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs 
2 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp fish sauce
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup peanut butter
3 baked Russet potatoes, cut into cubes
1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
1 fresh lime, juiced
2 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
Garnish with peanuts and cilantro, if desired

1. Combine curry paste, ginger, brown sugar, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice and tapioca in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
2.  Gently stir in the potatoes.
3.  Nestle the chicken in the slow cooker.
4.  Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.  Chicken should be nice and tender.
5.  Remove chicken and place on a cutting board.  Cut into bite size pieces or shred.  Add back into the slow cooker.
6  Serve chicken and curry over hot cooked rice.

*An alternative way of making this, if you don't have baked potatoes on hand is to peel and cube uncooked potatoes.  Then add the chicken in frozen.  This will ensure that the uncooked potatoes and the chicken will cook at the same rate.

Review:
I'm not going to lie.  I'm having a really hard time writing this review.  I'm having a hard time because I loved it the night of but then the next day I got really sick and was have major bowel issues (TMI, I know).  I'm not sure if it was the food since my husband ate 2 huge plates and didn't get sick at all.  But all I know is that my mind is connecting eating the curry with the next day of pain and grossness.  It's like the time I was prego with my daughter and I threw up spinach and then I didn't eat it for 6 years.  Literally.  Now I like spinach again, but it took me a while.

Anyhow, please try this recipe if you like Thai food.  My husband had Massaman curry at a restaurant a week ago and told me that I needed to try it in the slow cooker.  So I did.  While he was eating it he said, "You know what's missing?"  Me:  "No what?"  Him:  "Nothing!  This is perfect!"
He totally loved it and said it was even better than the restaurant.  So he definitely gives this recipe 5 stars.

The tapioca helped make the sauce nice and thick.  Also, I cut up the potatoes pretty small because they take a while to cook, but chicken doesn't.  So in order to get them done at the same time I cut the raw potatoes small.  If you were going to substitute stew meat in place of the chicken the potatoes wouldn't have to be cut so small.

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30 comments:

  1. I noticed tapioca in another curry post. I'm wondering if quinoa or couscous would serve the same purpose? Quinoa is a complete grain that is really good for you :)

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  2. hmmmm, maybe. I will try it out and see. Would you think just adding 1 Tbsp per recipe would be sufficient?

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  3. I think the tapioca is used as a thickening agent :)

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  4. yeah, it is for thickening. would the quinoa do the same? probably not.

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  5. Finally got around to making it and my husband, like yours, loved it (me too). I left out the fish sauce and added a can of rinsed/drained chickpeas. Definitely a keeper, thanks!

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  6. I made this for my hubby who travels quite often to Thailand. He LOVED it. He told me to put it in the must make again rotation. MMMM! Thanks.

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  7. Karen, what kind of curry paste did you use? I know I have seen it in the stores sold by color, or did you use something else? Maybe one that was massaman specific?

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  8. Unfortunately this was not a winner for me. I skipped the tapioca and found that I did not need it anyway, with all the potatoes it was thick enough for my taste. The flavor overall fell way short. The strongest flavor was the peanut butter and little else. I imagine this could be built upon to increase flavor, but I won't be trying this again.

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  9. Loved this dish. I took someone's recommendation for chickpeas and it was a great addition. The only thing I found lacking was the spicy kick. I love having curry that is spicy and it was too mild for me. We tried adding in curry powder and then some cumin and it helped a little. Despite this, we still really liked it and had leftovers again tonight.

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  10. Suzanne, could you use curry paste that is hot instead of mild?

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  11. Hi Karen
    I cooked this last night and LOVED it! It was delicious. I used hot red curry paste rather than mild and it had great flavour without too much kick.
    Thanks for the great recipes - you've made my evenings so much easier!

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  12. Caroline,
    So glad you enjoyed it!! Bring on the heat, eh?

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  13. We love this recipe! A friend made it and let me try her leftovers. I have been hooked ever since. We make it every 2 weeks. Thank you!

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  14. Mama Mia, hooray! that is so great! Love to hear stuff like this :)

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  15. Best thai crock pot recipe I've tried!!!! YUM. Will be passing this on to friends as well :)

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  16. Anonymous, so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing :)

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  17. I made this last night and felt it was missing a little something too. I may try adding lemon grass next time for a little extra flavor/kick. Also my lime was pretty big and I think I might cut down on that next time. It had a bit too much sour. Overall we really liked it and will make it again!

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  18. How much longer would I need to slow-cook it if I used frozen chicken breasts rather than thawed?

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  19. Is there a reason you used red thai curry paste instead of massaman curry paste?

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    1. I guess because that's what I found at the grocery store! Just use whatever you prefer :)

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  20. We had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Actually, delicious might be an understatement. My husband said it was the best Massaman Curry that he has ever eaten (and he is obsessed with Thai food) and he wants me to add it to our menu on at least weekly basis. He seriously talked about how delicious it was for a good hour after we ate it. :)

    Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Becky, that makes me sooooo happy!
      We love this recipe too.
      And we love to talk about food too. Maybe I just do and my husband pretends to listen ha ha!

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  21. Karen - This was sooooo good! I "baked" the potatoes in the microwave while I was prepping the other ingredients. I added several shakes of curry powder and used chicken breast instead. When I removed the chicken to shred, I added a small package of frozen peas to warm. Served with Naan and rice - even the pickier teenagers loved it! Definitely getting put in the rotation. Thanks!

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  22. I don't understand the rave reviews; I wanted to love this, but it was incredibly bland. I had to add a lot of different things to give it both flavor and kick (and I started with hot curry paste). In the end, it was tasty, but I had to go way beyond what the original recipe called for. Also, there was not nearly enough liquid to soak into the rice. Thanks for the chickpeas idea from another reviewer. I only had two potatoes, so added a can of them and it worked great.

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  23. Anonymous1/3/14 16:07

    I've made this twice in 3 weeks. Fantastic recipe! The amount of curry wasn't enough for our fam the first time so I added 1 more TBS and it was perfect! it was sweetly mild as the recipe is written and after adding another tbs curry it's sweetly spicy! LOVE this curry! Thank you!

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    1. I'm so glad that you liked it! Thanks for commenting :)

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