Chicken Semur

"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."
photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
photo by Baby Kato
photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Mince the onion, peeled garlic and ginger and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or fry pan and brown chicken pieces, set aside.
  • 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.
  • Add the nutmeg and pepper with the tomatoes, and saute a further 10 mins until the tomatoes start to break down.
  • 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).
  • Add the coconut milk and bring back to heat. Don't put the lid back on or the coconut milk will curdle.
  • Service with plain steam rice.

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  1. Chocolatl
    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.
  2. Baby Kato
    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 :)
  3. Catherine Robson
    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
  4. Natalia 3
    this chicken was lovely! i added a deseeded green chilli as i like my food spicy other than that i followed the recipe. i will definitely be making this again. Thank you!


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