Thai Chicken and Vegetables Pasta

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This Thai chicken and vegetables pasta takes a typical chicken and vegetable pasta dish and adds a twist –  Thai red curry paste and fish sauce.  The curry paste provides the heat which can be controlled by how much paste you use.  I typically go for medium (1/2 tsp. paste), but you could easily make it more spicy by adding 1 tsp. or more.

Like any chicken and vegetable recipe there is a lot of versatility, so be sure to see Kitchen Notes for some ideas.


Thai Chicken and Vegetables Pasta Recipe
10 mins
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This Thai chicken and vegetables pasta takes a typical chicken and vegetable pasta dish and adds a twist – Thai red curry paste and fish sauce.

"*" See Kitchen Notes for more information or links to special ingredients.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion
Yields: 4 servings
Recipe Author: MJ of MJ's Kitchen
  • 8 oz. penne pasta cooked al dente
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced*
  • 2 large garlic cloves sliced thin*
  • 2 cups uncooked chicken breast cut into short strips (about 2 boneless chicken breasts)
  • 1 medium red or yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 large onion sliced (red, white or yellow)
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups sliced mushrooms See Recipe notes
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. red Thai paste mild to medium heat
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil and/or cilantro coarsely chopped (Thai basil is best, but sweet basil works great)
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • lime wedges one for each serving
  • salt to taste
  1. Heat the peanut oil in a large wok or deep skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the chicken strips and sauté with the garlic and ginger for 3 minutes.
  3. Add onion and bell pepper. Increase heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Add mushrooms, fish sauce, chicken stock and Thai paste. Stir to incorporate the paste into the liquid. Cover, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mushrooms start to release their moisture.
  5. Remove from heat and toss with penne, lime juice, and fresh basil.
  6. Taste. Add salt if needed.
  7. Squeeze a little more lime juice on each serving when served.
Kitchen Notes

*Garlic and Ginger - substitute with 1 Tbsp. ginger-garlic paste


Chicken - The first time I made this I used leftover roast chicken. It was great! Since it was already cooked, I added the chicken when I added the mushrooms. You can also substitute the chicken with shrimp which also should be added with the mushrooms so they don’t overcook. OR - if you want to go vegetarian, just leave the chicken out all together.


Vegetables - There is a lot of versatility in the type of mushrooms you use. Shiitakes and button mushrooms are my favorite. I’ve also tried it with oyster mushrooms which were good, but a little too delicate and a little pricy. You can use reconstituted dried mushrooms such as lobster and shitake, or canned straw mushrooms. These work great in a pinch like when I don’t have fresh mushrooms in the fridge.  Other vegetables that I’ve used include carrots, celery, spinach and chard. All work quite well.


Pasta - What’s your favorite? What’s in the pantry? The only pasta that I can think of that probably wouldn’t work is angel hair (capellini) and orzo. I think both would be too delicate for the ingredients and the flavors of the fish sauce and Thai curry paste, plus the orzo is just too small.


Thai curry paste - Just a little bit of red or green curry paste elevates a very simple dish. In addition to Thai dishes, I use it in scrambled eggs, simple rice dishes, and soups. If you can’t find Thai paste at your local grocery store try a specialty market or buy it online. This paste keeps indefinitely, so it will still be good when you need it.


Don't forget the last step - Top it off with fresh herbs and lime!


Other pasta recipes to enjoy:

Pasta with Lemon, Garlic and Egg (Vegetarian)

Fennel, Spiced Ham, and Mushroom Pasta

Farfalle with Fresh Tomatoes, Olives and Basil


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6 Responses to “Thai Chicken and Vegetables Pasta”

  1. Javelin Warrior July 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    I’ve never used Thai curry paste or fish sauce before, so I’m intrigued as to the flavors in this dish. Of course, I don’t cook Asian cuisine often, but I do love the use of chicken with penne and vegetables, so I’m sure I’d enjoy. Thanks for sharing with Made with Love Mondays and due to the rather esoteric ingredient list for making Thai curry paste from scratch, I’m inclined to treat it the same as ketchup or Worcestershire sauce which are permitted ingredients…

    • mj July 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      Thanks Javelin! Thai curry paste, red and green, are two of my favorite condiments! I don’t think I would ever try making them from scratch since it’s 100 times easier to buy it. The flavors are incredible. You should try it!

  2. Katherine Martinelli March 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I also love thai food and I am loving this pasta version! Thanks for linking up at my pasta blog hop! Pinned 🙂

  3. Ramona September 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I love Thai food…. so know I would dig into that plate! : )


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