Standard Delivery 2-3 days / FREE DELIVERY ON ORDERS OVER £20

author image

Chicken Drumsticks Massaman Curry

Mae Jum chicken Thai Massaman curry recipe


This chicken drumstick massaman curry is an old recipe of mine! A true family favourite for sure, I love to cook this for when we have our family visiting as we still have some younger members that are still learning how to handle Thai spice! As you may already know, Thai massaman curry is quite mild and has a huge depth of flavour. Our Mae Jum Thai Massaman curry paste has 13 herbs and spices, I'm sure you can imagine the beautiful aromas filling your kitchen as you are cooking!


What is a Massaman Curry?


Thai Massaman curry is a rich, savoury and relatively mild curry with fragrant spice undertones such as cumin, cardamom, and cinnamon. It typically isn’t spicy but like most curries, it is easy to adjust the spice level by adding in fresh or dried red chillies. The additional ingredients include coconut milk, meat, onions, tamarind, potatoes, and peanuts. I like to add some cherry tomatoes to my massaman curry to add a little sweetness to the dish. Massaman curry does have Islamic heritage and following their dietary laws, pork is rarely cooked in this dish. 

Mae Jum Chicken Thai Massaman Curry Ingredients  

How to Make a Thai Massaman Curry

Always start off by gathering and preparing all the ingredients. In this case, the preparation doesn’t take very long, only the peeling and chopping of the onions and potatoes. The onions and potatoes should be chopped in half then into quarters. It may be hard to find tamarind juice in the shops but there are a couple of options. The first is to purchase tamarind puree and the second is to purchase some dried tamarind, and then soak a couple in hot water to make tamarind water/juice - I use the second method.

Once preparation is complete, heat some oil in a large saucepan or wok on medium to high heat. Add massaman curry paste and stir-fry for a couple of minutes to build a beautiful aroma. From an unshaken can, scoop out the thick layer of coconut milk and add it to the wok to loosen the paste. Next season, with fish sauce, palm sugar and tamarind juice, leave to simmer for 5 minutes or until you see some oils rise to the surface. If you don’t see any oil, turn the heat up and simmer for longer.

Next, add the chicken drumsticks, and stir until the chicken is fully coated with the sauce, add 200ml of water and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Following this, add in the potatoes, onions, peanuts, a big pinch of salt and the remaining coconut milk. Bring wok back to a light boil and simmer for a total of 35 minutes (20 minutes covered, 15 minutes uncovered). Check that the potatoes are fully cooked and soft, if not then simmer for longer. Next, add cherry tomatoes and stir well before turning off the heat. Serve up with freshly steamed Thai jasmine rice and garnish with red chilli or fresh coriander leaves. Enjoy!

Mae Jum Chicken Thai Massaman Curry Recipe

If you enjoyed our Chicken Thai Massaman Curry recipe, please give this recipe a star rating and comment if you loved the flavours of this traditional Thai dish! Check out our recipe page for more delicious dishes like this and subscribe for new recipes and posts. Always stay connected and follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Mae Jum chicken Thai Massaman curry recipe

Chicken Drumsticks Massaman Curry

A delicious and comforting curry! Cooked with onions, cherry tomatoes and potatoes!
3.61 from 48 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: curry, dinner, lunch, Main Course
Keyword: Chicken, Massaman, Peanuts, potatoes, Thai Beef Recipes, Thai Massaman curry, Tomatoes
Thai Curry Paste: massaman
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 668kcal
Author: Jum


  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 35 g Mae Jum Massaman Curry Paste
  • 400 ml Coconut milk
  • 200 ml Water
  • 800 g Chicken Drumsticks 8 drumsticks
  • 500 g potatoes
  • 1 onions medium
  • 50 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 50 g Peanuts
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Palm Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Juice



  • Peel and chop the potato and onions into chunks
  • Pan roast the peanuts until golden brown


  • Heat oil into a large saucepan on medium/high heat, then stir-fry curry paste to build aroma.
  • Add the thick layer of coconut milk to loosen the mix, and then season with fish sauce, palm sugar and tamarind. Blend well together and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add chicken drumsticks, stir until fully coated with sauce. Cook for 10 minutes
  • Next add the remaining contents of coconut milk with potatoes, onions, peanuts, water and a big pinch of salt. Bring to a light boil and simmer for a total of 35 minutes. 20 minutes covered, 15 minutes uncovered
  • Add cherry tomatoes and stir well before removing from heat. Serve up with freshly steamed Thai jasmine rice and garnish with red chilli. Enjoy!


Add Mae Jum Thai Massaman Curry Paste to your basket!


Nutrition Facts
Chicken Drumsticks Massaman Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 668 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 28g175%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 529mg23%
Potassium 1262mg36%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 126IU3%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Dangold14

    5 stars
    This was delicious! Thanks!

  2. Vernon Parker

    5 stars
    The curry sounds wonderful definatly one on my hit list .your meals are wonderful so glad we found you on the internet. Happy christmas

  3. Dan

    5 stars
    Hello! I wish to say that this article is awesome, great written and come with approximately all vital infos.

    I’d like to see more posts like this .


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Shopping cart0
There are no products in the cart!
Continue shopping