Indonesian Chicken in Galangal-Tomato Sauce

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by rpgaymer

A spicy-sweet chicken dish that has a very unique flavor from the galangal root. Galangal can be hard to find, so ginger makes a decent substitute. The dish will taste different though, and the peppery-pine flavor of the galangal is what really makes the chicken taste special.

Top Review by Vicky M.

Delicious! I altered the recipe very slightly - used fresh turmeric (just because I had some), added half a can of chopped tomatoes purees in blender rather than tomato sauce and only added the lime juice and cilantro (coriander) at the end because I prefer them to give a freshness. I'd definitely recommend the recipe, different to anything id had before.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a mortar & pestle (or a food processor), grind the shallots, garlic, habanero pepper, galangal, lemon grass, turmeric, and macadamia nuts into a paste.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat, then stir in the spice paste and fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the fish sauce and sugar and stir for 3-4 minutes, or until the paste starts to brown.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, cilantro, and lime sauce and cook for 8 more minutes, stirring often.
  4. Stir in the shredded chicken, and cook until heated through, Serve over brown rice.

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