Indonesian-Style Chicken Curry

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

Another find from my favourite paper, Weekly Times. I used chicken breast's as the family do not like chicken thigh. This curry is not too hot or spicy, with a beautiful sauce that clings to the chicken. This is a great meal to serve with rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Finely grind the coriander and chilli flakes in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Put the spice mixture into a small food processor with the garlic, onions and ginger and puree to a paste. Adding 1-2 tablespoons of water, if necessary.
  2. Heat the oil in a large casserole or saucepan with lid, over medium-low heat. Add the paste.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add lime leaves, cinnamon and lemongrass. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cinnamon is fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Increase the heat to medium, add the chicken and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
  6. Stir in 1 only cup of coconut milk, 1 1/4 cups of water and the salt.
  7. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender, 40-50 minutes.
  8. Add the remaining coconut milk; cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving with rice, leaving the cinnamon sticks behind.


Most Helpful

This was delicious and had a wonderful aroma while cooking. The only changes I made was to use two small fresh chillies instead of the flakes and sprinkled a little turmeric over the paste at step 4 to add a little more colour. I used a little less chicken but the full quantity of everything else so there was plenty of the wonderful curry to go over the rice.

Peter J April 18, 2014

Tisme, what can I say .... Fabulous :) Rich, creamy and aromatic, this is a luxurious curry, especially suited to those who prefer less heat. For my personal taste, I would have added a little more in the way of heat, but DH really loved it as is! It was just the 2 of us so I halved the recipe ... well, more than halved the meat, since we dont eat much in the way of meat (and I used chicken breast fillets, cubed), maybe 3/4d the sauce, since we do love sauce ...... I did think some steamed broccoli tossed in would have been wonderful, didnt do it this time but will the next. I shouldnt have halved it, coz now we have no leftovers :( and I know they would have been stupendous ........ just have to make it again :) Thanks, Tis, this recipe was made for the Aus/NZ Please Make My Recipe tag game.

Karen Elizabeth January 20, 2012

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