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Malaysian chicken curry

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Wonderfully fragrant, this Malaysian chicken curry recipe is just the thing when only a dish that's deliciously warm and spicy will do.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time4 hour
  • Prep time15 minutes
Malaysian chicken curry


  • 2 brown onions, cut into thick wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbs finely grated ginger
  • 1 stem lemongrass, pale section only, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or quills
  • 8 Coles RSPCA Approved Chicken Thigh Fillets, halved
  • 400g can coconut milk
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • Thinly sliced red chilli, to serve
  • Coriander leaves, to serve
  • Lime wedges, to serve

Cucumber raita

  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, thinly sliced into ribbons
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup mint leaves

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  1. Step 1

    Place the onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, turmeric, cumin, chilli powder, cardamom, star anise and cinnamon in a slow cooker. Place the chicken over the onion mixture. Pour over the coconut milk.
  2. Step 2

    Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high (or 6-7 hours on low) or until chicken is tender and sauce thickens slightly. Add the sugar and fish sauce. Stir to combine. Taste and season.
  3. Step 3

    To make the cucumber raita, combine the cucumber, onion, lime juice, sugar and salt in a bowl. Set aside for 5 mins to develop the flavours. Drain well. Add the mint and toss to combine.
  4. Step 4

    Sprinkle the curry with chilli and coriander. Serve with lime wedges and cucumber raita.