Thursday, 29 December 2011

Thai Green Chicken Curry Kebabs

A BEACH SHACK BARBECUE. Yanchep, Western Australia



We have just returned from a glorious day and night staying with dear dear friends on our trip to Perth for the festive season. They've rented one of the last standing old beach shacks for a week or so in Yanchep, about an hour north of Perth.

We arrived in time for lunch, spent the afternoon lazing about in the shack and on the beach before Ian and I went to the local shops to gather some bits for the sunset barbecue. We returned with a pile of chicken breasts, some Thai green curry paste, spring onions, a tin of coconut cream, some skewers, veggies and other bits and bobs.

The barbecue menu consisted of the chicken kebabs, mixed veg kebabs, grilled sweetcorn and barbecued papadums (yes you can barbecue papadums). An array of salads and other delights made up the buffet style meal for eight hungry mouths.


THAI GREEN CHICKEN CURRY KEBABS

Ingredients:

- 8 medium chicken breasts, cut into 2-3cm cubes
- 1 small jar of green chicken curry paste
- 1 tin of coconut cream
- 1 bunch of spring onions, cut into 2-3 cm lengths

Method:

Spoon off the thick cream from the tin of coconut leaving the clear liquid behind. Don't shake the tin before you open it otherwise the cream won't stay separated. Add the coconut cream, diced chicken and curry paste to a large bowl and marinate for at least one hour. The longer the better. While the chicken is marinating, pre-soak the bamboo skewers in water to help prevent them burning on the barbecue.



On the skewers, start with a piece of chicken, then spring onion, then chicken and so on, finishing with a piece of chicken to hold it together. It takes a while, but I find it quite therapeutic. It was a good opportunity to have a chat

Grill the kebabs for about 5-7 minutes each side until they are charred just nicely on both sides. Chicken breast cooks quickly and will dry out if overcooked. Should you choose to use chicken thigh instead, it needs to cook more gently for a lot longer.



The left over liquid from the coconut cream did not go to waste. I poured it over some ice with a teaspoon of sugar and a generous measure of vodka. It made two surprisingly good beachy digestifs!



The sunset was beautiful and after our meal we just sat out and gazed at the stars in the southern sky. We watched the moon set beyond the horizon and retired to an incredibly peaceful sleep. A big thanks to Linda and Ian for sharing their holiday shack with us and for their wonderful company and conversation.




12 comments:

the food dude said...

Awesome feast on the beach! The chicken kebabs look great! And here's wishing you the best this coming new year!

CulinaryCache said...

I always love reading your posts, this one looks amazing, can't wait to try it!

firefoodie said...

..and if you can get hold of a good ready made green curry paste this is just so easy. :)

Grubarazzi said...

I really love this slew of flavors on the kabobs. Yum!

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen said...

Love the BBQ feast - and terrific photos. Sounds like you are having a blast. The turkey lasagne sounds fantastic too.

Shannon | JustAsDelish said...

Oh it never crossed my mind to use green curry paste on bbq.. would taste delish! Thanks for sharing!
Happy New Year and thanks for making time to visit my blog a few weeks ago.

All That I'm Eating said...

These look lovely! That beach made me want to grab my passport. Jealous.

LoLy said...

WOW, Looks amazing, LOVE it, a Happy follower :)

easyfoodsmith said...

That sounds like a fabulous meal on the beach. I am bowled over by the Thai Green Curry Chicken Kebabs.

Lola Lobato said...

Everything looks well organized and yummy. Love the coconut milk with curry paste, great combination!

Jay said...

wow...great post...excellent presentaiton with inviting cliks..;)
Tasty Appetite

Denise said...

The visit sounds simply lovely! It is so relaxing and fun to stay by the beach and this meal looks like it was the perfect way to wind down the day. I want to try those curry kebabs. I never thought of serving chicken curry this way :-) Thanks for sharing the photos and recipe!! I am hoping to visit Austrailia this year or next. Hope I can see beautiful sunsets and beaches like this.

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