Ayam Tuturaga - Chicken in Spicy Basil Coconut Sauce

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Serves: 4


  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 3 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 2 pandan leaves (Indonesian: daun pandan), knotted
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 500 ml coconut milk (Indonesian: santan)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 500 gram skinless boneless chicken breast (Indonesian: daging dada ayam)
  • 1/4 cup lemon basil leaves (Indonesian: daun kemangi), reserve 8-10 leaves as garnish
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 6 bird eye chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit)
  • 3 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 8 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indoensian: jahe)
  • 1 inch turmeric (Indonesian: kunyit)


  1. Heat oil in a pot and sauté spice paste, lemongrass, pandan leaves, and kaffir lime leaves until fragrant.
  2. Pour coconut milk, season with salt, and bring to a boil.
  3. Add chicken pieces and cook until no longer pink. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes until chicken pieces are cooked through.
  4. Toss in the lemon basil leaves and cook until wilted.
  5. Discard the lemongrass and pandan leaves, transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with the reserved lemon basil leaves.

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