Don’t Be A One Chick Pony Branch Out With This Massaman Chicken Curry


A popular but classic recipe from the Southern region of Thailand, this Massaman curry is simple to make but guaranteed to impress.


Massaman Chicken Curry

Songkran is the annual festival that takes place over three days during the traditional Thai New Year. Throughout Thailand there are celebrations, festivities and plenty of food; all culminating in a momentous countrywide water fight! In the run up to Songkran, Sanguan Parr, Head Chef at Nipa Thai - one of our best loved Thai restaurants in London - has shared her recipe for Massaman Gai (Yellow Chicken Curry). A popular but classic recipe from the Southern region of Thailand, the curry is simple to make but guaranteed to impress – the perfect dish for your Songkran celebrations!
Servings 4 people


  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 600 ml Coconut Milk
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts
  • 5 Small Onions sliced
  • 4 Medium Potatoes cubed
  • 3 tbsp Massaman Curry Paste
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Palm Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Tamarind Juice
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 piece Cinnamon 1cm long, Roasted
  • 5 Cardamom Pods Roasted
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil


  • Cut the chicken into chunks, around 2 inches in length.
  • In a wok, heat the vegetable oil, curry paste and 200ml of coconut milk. Keep stirring over a low heat until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken to the wok, turning frequently so all the meat is covered in sauce.
  • Pour in the remaining 400ml of coconut milk and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cubed potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions, fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind juice, bay leaves, cardamom and cinnamon. Keep over a low heat to simmer until all the ingredients are tender.
  • Remove from the heat and serve with steamed white rice.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Chicken, Curry, Massaman, Songkran

Nipa Thai is open from 5pm-10.30pm, Thursday-Saturday.

Nipa Thai at Royal Lancaster London
Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
+44 207 551 6000

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