Opor Ayam - Indonesian Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Opor Ayam is a Javanese chicken curry where the chicken is braised in coconut milk with a fragrant curry spice paste. Learn to make this chicken stew from scratch and wow your family!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indonesian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 653 kcal
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
Ingredients
Curry Spice Paste
  • 5 shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chopped galangal
  • 4 candle nuts (or macadamia nuts)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp black or white pepper
Chicken curry
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 medium sized chicken (cut into 8-10 pieces) (Around 1 kg / 2.2 lbs)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, bruised (use the end of a knife to bruise the stalk)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tamarind juice (or lime juice)
  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp fried shallots or fried onions (optional)
  • extra fried shallots/onions for garnish
  • sliced red chilli for garnish
Instructions
Curry spice paste
  1. Blend all spice paste ingredients together and set aside. You may need 1 tbsp of water to make the blending easier.

Curry
  1. Marinade chicken pieces with 2 tbsp lemon juice for 15 minutes.

  2. Add oil to pan and add spice paste. Cook the paste for 1 minute until fragrant.

  3. Drain the chicken pieces and add to spice paste. Stir until well coated with paste.

  4. Add salt, sugar, tamarind juice and bay leaf. 


  5. Cook for 1 minute.

  6. Add lemongrass stalk and kaffir lime leaves.

  7. Add coconut milk.

  8. Bring to boil (about 5 minutes). Reduce heat to low and cook for 35-40 minutes. Chicken should easily pull off from bone.

  9. Add 2 tbsp fried shallots / onions and cook for 2-3 more minutes. This step is optional.

  10. Serve and garnish with fried shallots and chilli. Serve with rice.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Opor Ayam - Indonesian Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk
Amount Per Serving (200 g)
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 53g 82%
Saturated Fat 31g 155%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 729mg 30%
Potassium 703mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Vitamin C 12.8%
Calcium 6.2%
Iron 35.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.