There's nothing tastier than a comforting curry after a long day at the office. Sometimes though, the thought of making a curry can be intimidating - all those spices, all the time it takes or for the carb conscious curry isn't always the first choice.
This keto Thai chicken curry is perfect for all the above, it uses a handful of ingredients. Its quick to make and the best part is it's low carb, grain free and gut-friendly.
Simple, delicious and packed with flavour. The main ingredient in this keto chicken curry besides a good red curry paste is the chicken. It's vital to use free range/organic, this ensures that the chicken is free of antibiotics and hormones.
This thai chicken curry uses chicken thigh which works really well because it is a fattier cut of meat, which you want if you are following a ketogenic diet. It also means you can cook it longer and the chicken will become more tender, unlike breast which goes dry when cooked for too long.
With the addition of the coconut milk for good fats and the cauliflower rice, which is a high fiber low carb food, this meal will fit into your low carb meal planning.
On the other hand, if you are not following a low carb diet, or you are looking do a carb refeed, the meal is equally delicious served with organic jasmine rice.
The beautiful thing about thai chicken curries are those distinct aromatic flavours that send us to a happy place, let's take a look at some of the healing benefits we can find in a thai curry paste.
The Healing Benefits of Lemongrass
Known as the aromatic healer, lemongrass is known for it's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.
Lemongrass is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic compounds such as luteolin, glycosides, quercetin, kaempferol, elemicin, catechol, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid, all of which provide an array of health benefits.
It also contains lemonal or citral, which gives it them lemony smell and well as anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.
Let us take a further look into what lemongrass can do for the body.
- Disorders such as gastric ulcers, helps in stimulating bowel function and improves digestion. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties which help in treating constipation, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, nausea and stomach aches. Disorders -
- Detoxifying Effect on the Body - A study showed that lemongrass helps in cleansing and flushing out harmful toxic wastes from the body, thus giving it diuretic properties. Detoxing helps to regulate liver and kidneys, as well as helping to lower the levels of uric acid.
- Immune Booster - Lemongrass is able to restore vital systems in the body, namely digestion, respiration, excretion, and the nervous system. absorption of nutrients and strengthening of the immune defense mechanism of the body. It also has inflammatory effects on cytokines in the body, meaning lemongrass exerts an anti-inflammatory action and citral may be involved in its inhibitory effects on cytokines production.
- Cellular Health - Lemongrass contains antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals. It also cleanses the blood and strengthens the spleen enabling them to discard any tarnished red blood cell. It also supports the function of the thymus glands which helps produce white blood cells as well as it aids helps in stimulating the regeneration of cells.
As we can see from the above lemongrass is an aromatic powerhouse of essential nutrients that provide us with an array of health benefits. Whether we eat in curry pastes, drink lemongrass tea or us it in essential oils, it is loaded with benefits we just can't ignore. In fact, we have only mentioned but a few of the wonderful properties on the fragrant plant.
What better way to enjoy it's flavour than in this keto chicken curry.
The Health Benefits of Chilies
Some of us love them; some of us would rather go without. The great thing about chilies though is that they aren’t all hot, some are a lot milder. Either way, you might be surprised at some of the healing benefits.
Here are just 3 benefits of the Spicy Chili:
- Benefits the Digestive Tract – Believe it or not, peppers are actually able to act as an anti-irritant. Research has shown that peppers (especially cayenne) are beneficial to ulcers. Peppers do this by reducing the acidity in the digestive tract that typically causes ulcers. It also helps by producing saliva and stimulates gastric juices aiding digestion. Capsicum may even be a great help to anyone suffering from dry mouth or inflammation of salivary glands.
- Aids in fighting Flu, Colds and Fungal Infections - Hot peppers are loaded with beta-carotene and antioxidants that boost your immune system and will aid in fighting off common colds and the flu. Interestingly, a rise in body temperature from consuming hot peppers triggers the immune system into action in fighting colds and flu viruses. Eating peppers fight against fungal strains including candida by reducing fungal pathogens.
- Prevents Allergies – Due to the anti-inflammatory benefits of capsaicin, hot peppers can help prevent allergies and symptoms from allergies.
I hope you enjoy the recipe, make sure you let us know what you think in the comments!Print
Easy Keto Thai Chicken Keto Curry
500 - 600g Free range/organic chicken thighs, (substitution: chicken breasts, fish)
1 1/4 cup coconut milk
4 teaspoons red or green thai curry paste (click the link for a homemade keto friendly curry paste)
1/3 cup onion, diced
1 tablespoon Coconut oil
Himalayan salt & pepper to taste
Fresh coriander (aka cilantro)
2 - 3 cups Cauliflower Rice
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
- Prepare the chicken thighs. Then, use 1 - 2 teaspoons of the red curry paste to rub on the chicken. Set them aside in the fridge until you ready to use them, 15 - 30 minutes.
- Heat a skillet/cast iron pot (oven proof) and melt the coconut oil. When the coconut oil is completely melts, saute the onions and remaining curry paste and cook for 5 minutes. Until a delicious aroma is released.
- Add the chicken and cook the top part of the the chicken thigh for about 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Flip the chicken over reduce the heat and add the coconut milk. Bring it to a low simmer.
- Place the entire pot in the oven and bake the curry for 15 minutes at 200C/400F. You can grill the curry for the last 2 minutes to ensure a golden brown on top of the chicken.
- While the curry is baking, steam the cauliflower rice and lightly season.
- Serve the curry with the cauliflower rice and fresh coriander/cilantro.
As an alternative to cauliflower rice, you could use organic steamed jasmine rice or zucchini noodles.