Have you tried the Chicken Zucchini Poppers on my blog yet? They’re the most popular recipe of all time. I love them because they’re easy to put together, a great way to “sneak” extra veggies into a meal, and they freeze well, so it’s easy to make a double batch and have a quick meal another day or take some to a friend.
We’ve tried putting an Asian twist on them with a teriyaki glaze, tried dipping them in a citrus avocado sauce, and now this variation: Thai curry!
Just like the pomegranate rice, my inspiration recipe came from this post by Half Baked Harvest featuring her take on a red Thai Curry. We combined and adapted a few recipes and, through trial and error, we’ve come up with a combination that works well for us.
This sauce is creamy and satisfying. We’ve swapped out the traditional peanut butter for cashew butter. I love the flavor of cashew butter and know many of you are peanut free for allergies or dietary reasons, but the recipe also works well with sunflower seed butter, or traditional peanut butter. Whatever you prefer!
If you’ve never worked with curry paste before, be advised that the flavor develops and intensifies as it blends into the sauce. Start small and work your way up! Michael’s sweet spot is about 2 Tablespoons per recipe, where I’m more of a 1 Tablespoon kind of girl.
We love this because it’s delicious and flavorful, but you don’t have to worry about your house smelling like curry for a week. Creamy, delicious, and filling enough on its own, you don’t need to serve it with anything (especially if you’re Paleo or doing Whole30), but we also LOVE it with this pomegranate rice. For Paleo and Whole30 eaters, this great recipe for roasted cauliflower rice should fit the bill. You can jazz it up with some minced cilantro and fresh pomegranate if you like.
Lastly, if the meatballs seem like too much work for a weeknight, you can always just use 1 lb. of chicken, diced and cooked. If you do have the time, though, I highly recommend baking a double batch of meatballs and freezing some for later!
Notes on the Recipe:
We’ve tried this with chile oil (for a Whole30 version) and Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. Both are delicious. We’ve also found that Thai Kitchen brand red chile paste isn’t full of weird additives, etc., but in case you’re feeling ambitious and want to use homemade ingredients…
A few helpful links:
- How to Make Chile Oil (if you’re using it in place of the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce)
- Thai Sweet Chile Sauce by Pinch of Yum
- Paleo Curry Paste by Cook Like a Cavewoman