Coconut milk chicken

coconut milk chicken

Coconut milk chicken or known as Opor Ayam is traditional Indonesian food from Central Java, Indonesia. It is a chicken cooked in coconut milk and asian herbs. It is popular dish on special day like Idul Fitri /Eid al-Fitr /Lebaran or known as festival of breaking the fast. Normally it is eaten with ketupat (packed rice)and sambal goreng ati (beef liver in sambal). You could also made this for your dinner, serve with warm rice and sambal (chili-based sauce -popular in Indonesia).

opor ayam

Coconut milk chicken


  • 6 Chicken thighs (about 600g)
  • 2 Shallots
  • 2 Garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • 3cm Ginger
  • 3cm Turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon White peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3stalks Lemongrass
  • 5 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 200ml Coconut milk
  • 1 Lime
  • 1teaspoon Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 100ml Water


  1. Slice the onion, shallots and garlic
  2. Chop the ginger and turmeric
  3. Crush the coriander seeds, white peppercorn, salt, shallots, garlic, ginger and turmeric with mortar and pestle, set aside
  4. Wash the chicken thighs, marinade with juice of the lime
  5. Heat oil in a pan, add sliced onion, cook for a while
  6. Add the crushed spices, bay leaves, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, stir-fry for 1-2 minutes
  7. Add chicken thighs, stir it
  8. Add coconut milk, water and sugar
  9. Cover the pan and cook with low heat for 30 minutes
  10. Serve with warm rice or ketupat and sambal

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  1. That looks lovely and delicious!

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