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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