Nyonya Chicken Curry Kapitan 娘惹咖喱鸡

I tried this dish made by a friend's mother and it has the nyonya flavours in it. So I went looking for the recipe. So here is the recipe after looking at a few and modifying it to my taste.


For cooking the chicken

  1. 680g Chicken parts, you can also buy boneless if you want, but personally I prefer the ones with the bones.
  2. 2 stalks Lemon grass, cut into 3 inches and bruised.
  3. 6-8 pieces Kaffir lime leaves
  4. 1 cup Coconut milk
  5. 1 tbsp Lime juice (squeezed from big or small lime)
  6. Salt to taste

For the paste

  1. 1 1/2 inch Galangal
  2. 200-250g Fresh red chili (seeded and sliced)
  3. 5 Shallots (sliced)
  4. 1 inch Ginger
  5. 6 Candlenuts (soaked in warm water)
  6. 1/2 inch Fresh turmeric
  7. 1/4 tsp Belacan (fermented shrimp paste)


  1. Blend all the spice ingredients till fine.
  2. Heat up cooking oil in a pan or wok.
  3. Add in the blended spices and stir fry till fragrant, a thin layer of oil should form at the top.
  4. Add lemongrass and lime leaves and continue cooking.
  5. Add chicken and continue stirring until almost cooked.
  6. Add the coconut milk and continue to simmer over low heat for another 15 mins.
  7. Squeeze in the lime juice
  8. Add salt to taste.
  9. Serve.