Main, Meat

Chicken Balinese Curry


I’ve made this chicken curry 3 weeks in a row. Oooh my it’s just amazeballs.  Today I added a chopped egg plant and bok Choy at the end. Then added to curry once all spices/chicken was added. It just dissolves, except for the skin and helps thicken the sauce.  

Yellow curry love

Recipe by Fee ElliottCourse: Main


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Look at these spices:  Fresh galangal, turmeric, garlic, chillies, cumin, coriander, pepper, nutmeg, fish sauce, lime leaves, lemongrass stalks & lime.  Seriously it’s the best.
Also check tips below to make this vegetarian.


  • 2 Tbsps of Yellow curry paste or

  • 4 cm fresh galangal or ginger root peeled

  • 2 tsps turmeric powder

  • 4 crushed garlic

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • Cracked black pepper

  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

  • 8 chicken thighs, with visible fat cut off

  • Sauce
  • I cup of chicken stock or water

  • 4 lime leaves more if you like

  • 2 lemongrass stalks (bruised – smash slightly with a rolling pin or similar)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tsp fish sauce

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • juice of 1 lime

  • 1 Tbsp rice flour (helps to thicken)


  • If not using the pre made yellow paste use a parmesan grater for the galangal or ginger, measure in the turmeric powder, garlic and the rest of the spices. Add olive oil to make it all come into a paste. Use a large bowl.
  • Put chicken thighs into bowl with the paste. Mix it in well. You can do this part in advance if you have time and let it marinate. I’ve done both.
  • Place the chicken into a med heated pan, gently brown.
  • Pour in the stock, add the lime leaves, lemongrass stalks, fish sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the coconut milk and cook for 40 minutes. At the end if sauce needs thickening add rice flour and stir.
  • When ready to serve, add lime juice and check seasoning.
  • Serve with rice, steamed greens and extra lime wedges.

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  • If you want to add veges to this curry you could add bite size potatoes and or carrots (2) or eggplant (1) when you brown the chicken.
  • Want some greenery instead…you could add 2 cups of spinach right at the end and let it wilt for 5 minutes.
  • MAKE VEGETARIAN – My fav combo is sweet potato and eggplant, second combo is cauliflower and pumpkin. Chop into bite size pieces and follow chicken instructions. The only bit to avoid is the browning.

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