Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is an Indonesian chicken dish - I got the recipe from a cook at a roadside cafe in central Java. While some of the ingredients may be hard to find ie the ketup manis & palm sugar it is worth the effort.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mince the onion, peeled garlic and ginger and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok or fry pan and brown chicken pieces, set aside.
  3. Drain off the oil leaving about 1 tbsp in the wok adding the minced onion mix and saute about 10 mins making sure it does not brown.
  4. Add the nutmeg and pepper with the tomatoes, and saute a further 10 mins until the tomatoes start to break down.
  5. Add the chicken pieces, ketup manis and palm sugar and salt to taste. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours (this will depend on the size of the chicken pieces).
  6. Add the coconut milk and bring back to heat. Don't put the lid back on or the coconut milk will curdle.
  7. Service with plain steam rice.


Most Helpful

A delightfully unusual dish. This is a perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors. The pepper gave it more heat than I expected; next time I may cut back a little. Thanks so much for posting! Made for ZWT6.

Chocolatl May 26, 2010

My dh & I really enjoyed this sweet spicy treat Coasty. Made exactly as written, once I found a recipe to make the ketup manis(which turned out to be a very sweet thick spicy soya sauce). The chicken was lovely served with steamed rice and recipe #232049. They complimented each other perfectly. Thanks for sharing this exotic dish. It was quick and easy to throw together with great results. Made for Pac 2010 :)

Baby Kato April 19, 2010

This was a lovely meal with quite a bit of kick from the pepper. I will cut back on the pepper for my family but this may be perfect for lovers of heat. Reviewed as part of Fall PAC 08

Catherine Robson September 25, 2008

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