Malaysian Cuisine - Meat

Nyonya Chicken Curry

July 10, 2019 | Recipe by Bake with Paws
Nyonya Chicken Curry

Nyonya Chicken Curry

This recipe is the same as the one I have shared in my Nasi Kunyit and Kari Kay post.  I have been cooking this for my family quite often.  I can say 2 or 3 times a month.  Everyone in the family loves it, including my mother-in-law who is Cantonese and doesn't usually like curries.  She knows what I use in my spice paste and it is also important to her that no belacan is added. My curry is never very spicy as I always ask for less spicy dried chillies when buying.  My hubby loves curry but he doesn't like it too spicy.

Recipe - Nyonya Chicken Curry (Kari Kay)

Yields: 6 servings


½ cups cooking oil
1kg (1) Chicken, cut into pieces
300g potatoes, peeled and cut into four
400ml coconut milk
6 spring curry leaves
5 kaffir lime leaves

1 cinnamon stick (optional)
1 star anise (optional)
2 cloves (optional)

Spices paste (blended in electric blender):
200g (20) shallots
4 cloves garlic
25g (15 - 20) dried chillies, soaked 
40g (2 inchs) fresh turmeric
8 - 9 lemongrass, use white part only
20g belacan, toasted (I omitted in my cooking)

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp salt or to taste
Sugar to taste (I omitted)

  1. Blend all the spice paste ingredients in a food processor until fine.  Add some water in order to make the food processor works.
  2. In a pot (I used cast iron pot), heat oil over medium heat and sauté star anise, cloves and cinnamon stick. Add in spices paste and stir-fry until fragrant and dry.
  3. Add in half of the coconut milk and stir well. Follow by chicken and potatoes. Simmer until chicken is tender and potatoes are cooked. Add some water if too dry. Remove potatoes and set aside to prevent the potatoes from overcooking.
  4. Lastly, add the balance of coconut milk and season to taste with salt and sugar. Continue to cook until gravy is slightly thick. Once is ready, return cooked potatoes into the curry.
  5. Serve with steamed rice.

You may also cook your potatoes separately in an air fryer.  Coat your potatoes with oil and air fry at 160C for 10 - 15 minutes until the potatoes cook and soft.  Add the potatoes to curry when it is ready.


  1. I likes nyonya chicken curry it delicious taste good thanks for sharing your topic

    1. Hi there, thanks for trying this recipe and the feedback. Happy to hear that you like it.

      Cheers :)


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