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Nyonya Baked Chicken


A very easy + quick to prepare dish … very deeeeleeecious!


Spices you need for the paste … from left anti-clockwise : galangal, turmeric, lemon grass, onion and chilli


Dry spices… I always freshly ground my dry spices … coriander, cumin & aniseed


Blend all the spice ingredients together into a paste … I added more chillies than the recipe suggested as we love dishes like that spicy!


Bring the sauce to a boil … it is this sauce that makes the chicken so delectable 😉


Simmer the chicken in the sauce for 15 minutes …lift it out and set aside and continue to boil the sauce until reduced to 300ml or thereabout


You may bake the chicken,  with 100ml of the sauce poured over it, on a baking tray or in a casserole dish


Ingredients :

 1 whole chicken

500ml coconut milk

250ml water

8 pieces kaffir lime leaves

2 stalks lemon grass

1½ tsp salt


10 pcs dried chillies

1 stalk lemon grass

3cm galangal

1 bulb onion

3cm fresh turmeric

1 Tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp aniseed powder

1 Tbsp oil


  • Preheat oven to 225ºC ….blend all the ingredients of the paste, heat up oil in pot and fry until fragrant
  • Add water and coconut milk, bring to boil and simmer whole chicken in sauce for 15 minutes ….set chicken aside and continue to boil and reduce sauce until 300 ml
  • Stuff chicken with 1/2 stalk of bruised lemon grass and 3 pieces of lime leaves
  • Place chicken in baking tray with balance of lime leaves and bruised lemon grass on the side, add 100 ml of sauce and set aside 200 ml of sauce for basting the chicken
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes
  • Turn & baste chicken occasionally … bake until the skin is browned

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