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Chinese-Style Chicken Curry

This is an excellent Chinese-Style chicken curry recipe. The curry is packed with aromatic flavoring from dried chilies, lemongrass, galangal, shallots, turmeric, and garlic. It's not too spicy and is perfect with just some steamed rice. Yummy comfort food.

*This is an updated post with a video cooking guide. (Previously posted on 11/11/11)

Chinese-Style Chicken Curry


1 Piece Chicken Breast (bone-in, skinless), cut into chunks
1 Piece Chicken Leg, cut into chunks
5 Yellow Flesh Potatoes, boiled, peeled, and cut into chunks
400 ml Coconut Milk, divided into 2 portion
3 Cups (750 ml) Water
3 Pandan Leaf, knotted
Sea Salt to taste
Oil for cooking

Spice Paste
28 to 30 Pieces (25 g) Dried Chilies, cut into ½ inch in length and soaked in hot water, drained
6 (100 g) Fresh Red Chilies, seeded, chopped
10 (about 250 g) Shallots, peeled and chopped
1 inch (about 20 g) Ginger, peeled and chopped
1 Stalk Lemongrass, trimmed and chopped
1/2 inch (about 8 g) Fresh Turmeric, peeled and chopped
1 inch (about 20 g) Galangal, peeled and chopped
4 Cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tsp Roasted Shrimp Paste (Belacan), optional


Season the chicken chunks with sea salt.

Grind the spice paste ingredients in a blender or food processor.

In a large saucepan or wok over moderate heat, add the oil (about 4 to 5 Tbsp) and cook the spice paste until fragrant. Turn the heat on high and stir in the chicken chunks, stirring continuously until the chicken is well coated with the spices.

Mix in 1/2 portion of the coconut milk with 3 cups of water. Bring the curry sauce to a boil and lower the heat and continue to simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then add the remainder coconut milk, potato chunks, sea salt, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve warm with some steamed rice.

Serves 6 to 8


  1. ooh, that looks so fabulously savory!!

  2. Angie...this curry brought back memories of my mom's cooking. She used to cook this for us during weekend when my siblings and I were young....those were the days. Thanks for sharing this chinese style chicken curry ...great with some turmeric glutinous rice ...slurrp!

  3. Hmm I would love to have some right now. It looks so yummy!

  4. What a great recipe! The curry looks delicious!

  5. Right, this is going in my tabs straight away to cook next week, it looks and sounds fantastic!!


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