Malaysian Chicken Curry
January 16th, 2014 55 Comments

Malaysian Chicken Curry

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Malaysian Chicken Curry


Malaysian Chicken Curry

Serves 4-6 people | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 30-45 minutes


2 tablespoons oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 oz (25 g) curry powder for meat
1 1/2 lbs chicken, chopped into pieces
3 cups water
1 big tomato, cut into wedges, optional
2 small potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
4 hard-boiled eggs, optional
1/2 cup coconut milk (or 3/4 cup milk)
Salt to taste


Add the oil to a big pot and heat it up until hot. Add the onions and stir-fry until aromatic before adding the curry powder. Do a few quick stirs until you smell the aroma, then add the chicken, stir to combine well, for about 1 minute. Add the water into the pot and bring it to boil. Lower the heat and add the tomatoes, potatoes and eggs. Cover the pot and let simmer for about 30-45 minutes, or until chicken becomes tender. Add the coconut milk and salt to taste and simmer for another 5 minutes or so. Dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.

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  1. Deanna says:

    Thank you for sharing ALL your great recipes!! Love your website

  2. leshelle says:

    When do you add the coconut milk?

  3. melissa p says:

    am i missing something or is thr step to add the coconut milk missing?

  4. Verena says:

    Won’t the long cooking of the hard boiled eggs in the curry turn the eggs into rubber balls??

    • Up to you, I like the spices to get into my egg white so they are really tasty. And no, I don’t think they turn into rubber balls. If you don’t like it, you can add towards the end.

    • Ryeblossom says:

      I just wanted to add that cooking eggs for a long time makes the yolk much smoother and almost creamy, and the white part actually becomes softer. It also doesn’t smell so bad.
      Try it!
      Either boil for 15 minutes, and then cook on low for few hours (overnight is also OK) in a covered pot; or boil for 2 hours on medium heat. Make sure you have enough water!
      It does change the color, but I don’t mind it.

  5. JudiB says:

    What happens to the hard boiled eggs during the last 30-45 minutes? Do they stay whole or fall apart? Thank you for all your great interesting recipes!!!

  6. Karen says:

    Can you tell me when the coconut milk goes in? Would it be the same time as the water? This sounds amazing, and simple which is always good!

  7. Eriq says:

    Sounds so easy, since I’ve never had any good luck with making curry. But when do you add in the coconut milk / milk?

  8. Chic says:

    Hi, I think you have forgotten to add in the coconut milk into your method description :)

  9. visvanathan s. says:

    i read your column on Malaysian Chicken Curry with some interests, being as my beloved wife, Easwari, comes from Malaysia, herself, and likes to make Chicken Curry too….she, being a Tamil Indian Malaysian, prefers to make it in what she says is the South Indian tradition…and she’s been known to make some killer curries….(very good, i mean)….

    i was particularly moved to write to you, when i read that you, too, prefer the Indian style Curry powders for your dishes…Alagappa’s meat curry, or Baba’s style….Easwari particularly loves the Fish curry blend as well….especially as she is a big fan of fish….

    what do you think of Yeo’s version of packaged Malaysian Curry powder? how does it compare in your mind with the two Indian style varieties (which are indeed VERY flavourful)….

    my wife insists it’s just not as good as the two brands that you promoted above….but i wonder what your view is…

    thanks for all the work you put into this wonderful food blog…you are one of the sources i immediatly go to for all sorts of Asian foods, because you have so many varieties featured in your columns…i also appreciate your pointing out various kinds of sauces and so on that you like to use….i particularly love that Mizkan “soya” sauce…with the bonito…it’s great as a dip…as soup base, and for fried noodles…YUM…

    • Hi Visvanathan, thanks so much for your sweet and long comment. I love Indian-style chicken curry, I think no one makes better curries than southern Indian, in my opinion. This is a very easy curry recipe that everyone can enjoy but it’s very far from being the best of Indian curries. I love Alagappa because it’s from my hometown Penang. I am biased in the sense that all food-related from Penang is far superior than others, that’s because I love Penang and from Penang but I think many people would agree with me. I think Yeo’s is just bland. Mizkan Bonita sauce is soooo good, I am so happy that you love it, too. It’s a magical all-purpose sauce.

      • penang mari says:

        All things food-related from Penang is far superior than others is an accurate statement — no contest whatsoever! Ho chiak!

  10. visvanathan s. says:

    my wife, Easwair also prefers to put cinnamon stick, and a little star anise, as well as some mustard seeds and chili flakes into the hot oil before frying the onions…

    and being a very traditional girl, she ABHORS the idea of putting tomatoes into chicken curry….i on the other hand LOVE putting tomatoes into the chicken curry….the tomatoes add SUCH a delicious flavour to the gravy, and they just disappear into the sauce….(i make chicken curry myself at times…..we particularly love Vindaloo style, cause it’s nice and hot and flavourful…)

    • Yes we can put all sorts of spices into the chicken curry to make it even better but this is a very basic and simple ones. I love the tomatoes in the chicken curry too, it gives it a tang and less “creamy” taste.

      • AT says:

        I have never heard or use to putting tomatoes into Chicken Curry.
        A no, no!

        • Tomato is optional, as stated in my recipe. In reality, tomatoes are heavily used in many authentic Indian chicken curries…they even use tomato paste in many of their curries. However, you can choose not to put tomatoes in your chicken curry, it’s a personal preference as there are basically endless ways / recipes of making curries. There is no right or wrong, but whatever that suits your palate.

        • Brian says:

          Correction: you just heard about tomatoes in chicken curry. Why would anyone care if you think it’s a ‘no-no’

  11. floyd robinson says:

    Hi good recipes . wish they were set up to be printer friendly

  12. Hershey says:

    I heard there’s going to be a strong winter there! the term I read was polar chill?? take care!

  13. Judy says:

    Hi. I have a question about the hard boiled eggs. Do you hard boil them in the stew or hard boil them, shell them and then put them into the stew.
    Thank you. :-)

  14. dena says:

    Is 1 oz. of curry powder correct? It seems like a massive amount. Otherwise, the dish reminds me of the stew-like chicken dish I used to order at malaysian restaurant near where I worked years ago.

  15. Jan Kleff says:

    Hi Bee, thanks for all the nice recipes from Malaysia.
    I am Singaporean and staying in Germany. Thank God there are lots of
    Asian shops where i am staying. I cook ofen asian food, most of all
    i love Indian and Malay food. If you have some Malay kueh recipes do
    share with us. Bye

    jan kleff

  16. newkiwi says:

    Is there a way to minimize or even eliminate the photo of the finished dish? Often, when I print a recipe, the title and photo take up more than half of a printed page(!). Even a short recipe ends up being two printed pages. It’s totally unnecessary and a waste of paper. P.S. My husband and I very much enjoy your recipes!

    • Hi Newkiwi, there are many readers who want me to put the picture of the finished dish on the recipe page because they are not familiar with the dish. However, thanks for your suggestion, in my new design, I will have one option to print without pictures.

  17. Yvette says:

    If I wish to cook half a chicken, do I half the ingredients listed ?

  18. Jason says:

    Hi, what type of potatoes do you use for the curry chicken? e.g. Idaho, Russet, etc

  19. Surkhab says:

    A fantastic recipe and very easy to make. :)

  20. Iris says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I can’t wait to make dinner tonight :) One question though, do you suggest canned coconut milk (with thicker consistency) or the boxed type sold next to soy milk (thinner consistency)?

  21. laly says:

    chicken is the one which every one loves.thanks……

  22. Sophie says:

    Hi, thank you for the recipe. I followed this recipe today. Simple yet delicious!

  23. Kelvin says:

    Hi there! Is there any alternative brands of curry powder you have tried that I could get in the grocery store in US?

  24. Ashley says:

    What vegetables would you serve with this?

  25. Darrin says:

    Hi, if I would like to add belacan into it, how much and when do I add in?

  26. Rachel says:

    I cooked the curry exactly based on the recipe. But the curry turns out pretty bland, could only taste the coconut. No curry flavour. Could it be that I added too much water? Or the curry powder differs from brand to brand?

    Also, the curry din seem to simmer into the chicken. Should I have stir fry the chicken longer?

  27. Jeremy says:


    Can I check how big is your cup used?

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