With its creamy peanut sauce, tender chicken, and vibrant greens, Thai Swimming Rama (chicken with peanut sauce and spinach) is a delightful dish that will transport you to Thailand.
For the chicken
- 8 ounces (1/2 pound) chicken breast, sliced long and thin into 2-inch pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoon oyster sauce. For a vegetarian oyster sauce, use this brand. (I love it!)
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 2 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons oil
For the vegetables
You can use just one vegetable or both. Use as much or as little of the vegetables as you’d like!
- 5 oz spinach, long-stemmed Korean or spinach, is excellent
- 5 oz broccoli, chopped the broccoli florets into bite-size pieces
For the curry peanut sauce
- 1 can coconut milk, 14 ounces can. Use Chao Koh or Aroy-D brand
- 1 1/2 tablespoons red curry paste. Adjust with more or less paste according to spicy heat tolerance. Use my homemade red curry paste or Mae Ploy brand. If using Mae Ploy paste, adjust the sauce with 1-2 extra teaspoons of sugar to balance out the saltiness
- 2 teaspoons tamarind sauce (they are also called concentrate or pulp.)
- 1/3 cup roasted and unsalted peanuts.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, brown, palm, or white sugar. Honey or agave works well too.
Part 1: Marinade the chicken
- Add the sliced chicken breast, oyster sauce, fish sauce, baking powder, and water in a medium bowl. Mix well and set it to sit to marinade for 15 minutes. Up to 1 hour if you have time.
- In a medium or large skillet on medium-high heat, add oil. Once hot, add the chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes until the chicken is lightly golden brown and cooked through. Add 1-2 tablespoons of cold water if the pan gets too dry, and lower the heat. Stir a few times.
- Once the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside to assemble later into a platter.
Part 2: Blanching the vegetables
- In a medium soup or stock pot, add 4-5 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water to help season the vegetables. The salt is optional but highly recommended.
- Once the water is boiling, carefully add the broccoli to the water for 30 seconds. Use a skimmer to fish out the spinach, and set it on a plate.
- Prepare the spinach the same way as the broccoli. Set both vegetables on a plate until ready.
Part 3: Prepare the Peanut Sauce
- Crush the peanuts in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle until smooth. Set aside until ready.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add coconut milk. Once lightly bubbled, add the red curry paste, and stir well in the pan. You'll get a delicious creamy salmon-colored curry sauce like the one below.
- Add the sugar and tamarind to the curry sauce, and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the ground peanuts, stir, and cook for 2-3 more minutes until the sauce thickens slightly. Stir often with a wooden spoon.
- Remove the sauce from the stove, and let's assemble your Swimming Rama!
Part 4: Assemble and Serve!
This is the easy and fun part after all your hard work. Let's put all the pieces together!
- Add steamed jasmine rice on 3-4 platters or how many people you will serve. Add the blanched spinach and broccoli on top of the rice on each plate.
- Arrange the chicken on top of the vegetables
- Add a generous peanut sauce over the chicken, vegetables, and rice.
- Garnish with sesame seeds or crushed peanuts. Serve and enjoy!
- If you are comfortable doing this, you can multi-tasked by making the sauce and blanching the vegetables simultaneously. Have two stove tops going at once while the chicken marinades. It will help speed up your kitchen time!
- Adjust the spice level by increasing or decreasing the red curry paste and crushed red pepper flakes according to your preference.
- If you prefer a smoother sauce, crush the peanuts into a paste with 2-3 tablespoons of water.
- Peanut butter is okay for this recipe, especially if you are short on time. Adjust the salt and sugar as needed if using peanut butter.
- If using rice noodles instead of rice, cook them according to the package instructions before serving with the dish.
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- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 25
- Category: Chicken recipes, chicken recipe, curries
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: Thai
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