Coconut Milk Chicken Curry

Coconut Milk Curry ChickenThis is a delicious Malaysian mix of cream and spice, starting with a homemade spice mixture.

Coconut Milk Chicken Curry


1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons aji panca paste
5 brazil nuts
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon palillo
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 pounds chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1 pound of potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 stalks of lemongrass, cut into 2 inch lengths and flattened
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt


1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large, heavy saucepan. Saute onion, ginger, garlic, and Brazil nuts. Once lightly browned, use a hand blender to process into a paste. Heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add paste and aji panca paste and fry for 4 minutes, add cinnamon, cumin, coriander, palillo and cloves; fry 1 more minute.

2. Stir the chicken into the spice mixture, turn to coat completely. Add the potatoes, lemon grass, 1 cup of the coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Stir in salt. Cook 5 more minutes.

Yield: Serves 4
Source: Flatbreads & Flavors

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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3 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Mmmmm, coconut milk chicken curry…. It looks delicious, Gretchen!

  2. Deborah McIntosh says:

    I have been finding coconut milk in a number of recipes I’ve wanted to try (Thai, for example). Is there any way of getting coconut milk in Lima besides actually breaking open a coconut?

  1. April 23, 2012

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