Malaysian Coconut Chicken

Malaysian Coconut Chicken


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About this recipe: Malaysia has a large Indian population and its mainstream cooking traditions heavily borrow Indian flavours. This chicken is cooked with cinnamon, star anise, ginger and cloves and coconut milk brings a special Malaysian touch.


Serves: 4 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (1cm) piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole cardamom pod
  • 1/2 star anise pod
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 slice fresh ginger, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons masala (curry) paste of choice
  • 125ml coconut milk
  • 500ml water
  • 1.3kg skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets - cubed
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind juice
  • salt to taste

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Saute the cinnamon, cardamom, anise, cloves and curry leaves for 2 to 3 minutes, then stir in shallot, garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant. Stir in curry paste and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Pour in the coconut milk and water and let simmer for 3 to 4 minutes; add chicken, tamarind juice and salt and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Serve with steamed rice.

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