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Ayam Prune Pedas - Braised Spicy Chicken with Prunes

You will love this tender and flavorful Malaysian braised chicken dish. The chicken is first fried, then braised in 10+ spices and prunes, so every bite is an explosion in flavors.
Ayam Prune Pedas - Braised Spicy Chicken with Prunes.

Ayam Prune Pedas - Braised Spicy Chicken with Prunes.

Ayam Prune Pedas is a Malaysian braised chicken dish with prunes and plenty of spices. The 10+ spices in this recipe make this into a very flavorful dish. The braising turns the chicken super tender and juicy. You will need plenty of steamed white rice to serve with this dish.

I consider the number of chilies used in this dish to be low to moderate heat. If you love and can tolerate spicy dishes, feel free to double the number of chilies.

Ingredients for ayam prune pedas (Malaysian braised spicy chicken with prunes): chicken, prunes, garlic, shallots, red chilies, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom, curry powder, turmeric, salt, palm sugar, oyster sauce, and dark soy sauce.

Ingredients for ayam prune pedas (Malaysian braised spicy chicken with prunes): chicken, prunes, garlic, shallots, red chilies, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom, curry powder, turmeric, salt, palm sugar, oyster sauce, and dark soy sauce.

Ingredients for Ayam Prune Pedas

Chicken and marinate:

  • bone-in chicken
  • turmeric
  • salt

Spice paste:

  • shallot
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • dried red chilies

Prunes, spices, and seasonings:

  • prunes
  • star anise
  • cloves
  • cinnamon stick
  • cardamom pods
  • curry powder
  • salt
  • palm sugar
(1) Marinate chicken with salt and turmeric. (2) Fry chicken until the skin is golden brown. (3) Place shallot, garlic, ginger, and red chilies in a food processor. (4) Blend into a smooth paste.

(1) Marinate chicken with salt and turmeric. (2) Fry chicken until the skin is golden brown. (3) Place shallot, garlic, ginger, and red chilies in a food processor. (4) Blend into a smooth paste.

How to prepare Ayam Prune Pedas

I. Marinate and fry chicken.

  1. Marinate chicken with salt and turmeric for 15 minutes.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry chicken for 8 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Set the chicken aside to drain over a strainer or wire rack.

II. Braise the chicken in sauce and prunes.

  1. Puree shallot, garlic, ginger, and red chilies into a smooth paste.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry chili paste, star anise, cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick for 3 minutes, or until fragrant.

  3. Add curry powder and fry for another 2 minutes.

  4. Add water, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, and palm sugar to the wok.

  5. Once the sauce boils, return the fried chicken to the wok and mix well. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook with the lid on for 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and has absorbed the sauce.

  6. Add more salt and sugar as needed, then add chopped prunes to the wok and cook for 3 minutes.

  7. Turn off the heat, transfer the dish to a serving plate, and serve immediately with steamed white rice.

(1) Fry spice paste, star anise, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon until fragrant. (2) Add curry powder. (3) Add water, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, and palm sugar. Once it boils, add fried chicken. (4) Simmer until chicken has absorbed the sauce, then add chopped prunes.

(1) Fry spice paste, star anise, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon until fragrant. (2) Add curry powder. (3) Add water, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, and palm sugar. Once it boils, add fried chicken. (4) Simmer until chicken has absorbed the sauce, then add chopped prunes.

Other soy sauce based chicken dish

The color of this dish mainly comes from soy sauce. If you love soy sauce-based dishes, you may want to try these recipes:

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If you want to try other Malaysian chicken dishes instead, you may want to give these recipes a try:

Transfer the chicken to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice.

Transfer the chicken to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice.

Ayam Prune Pedas - Braised Spicy Chicken with Prunes

5.0 from 5 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 8

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Ingredients

  • 1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces (I use drumsticks)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 4 tablespoon oil, divided
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 8 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon palm sugar, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped prunes (about 10 prunes)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 100 gram shallot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch ginger
  • 10-15 dried red chilies, soften in hot water

Instructions

  1. Marinate chicken with salt and turmeric for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry chicken for 8 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Set the chicken aside to drain over a strainer or wire rack.
  3. Puree shallot, garlic, ginger, and red chilies into a smooth paste.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry chili paste, star anise, cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick for 3 minutes, or until fragrant.
  5. Add curry powder and fry for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add water, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, and palm sugar to the wok.
  7. Once the sauce boils, return the fried chicken to the wok and mix well. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook with the lid on for 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and has absorbed the sauce.
  8. Add more salt and sugar as needed, then add chopped prunes to the wok and cook for 3 minutes.
  9. Turn off the heat, transfer the dish to a serving plate, and serve immediately with steamed white rice.
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Comments

  • Carlo Carlo says:

    Is the dark soy and sugar an substitute for kecap manis? Thanks!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Carlo, Malaysian don't exactly have kecap manis, but sure, you can definitely just use Indonesian kecap manis and it will totally work :)

  • Roxana Roxana says:

    Wow this sounds amazing. Reminds me of rendang except the prunes and the sauces.

  • Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I don't use prunes that often, but I need to more, this is delicious!

  • Jess Jess says:

    Wow! Lots of spices...excited to try this flavorful sounding dish.

  • veenaazmanov.com veenaazmanov.com says:

    This chicken looks juicy and moist. Love all the flavors added to it. Definitely delicious and unique too.

  • HSR HSR says:

    This recipe is bursting with flavor! Thank you for this tasty chicken dinner dish. Can't wait to make at the next cookout.

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