Opor Ayam

5.0 from 9 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4-8


  • 1 chicken, cut into 4-8 pieces (or use 8 chicken drumsticks)
  • 1 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), cut and bruised
  • 2 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 500 ml water
  • 200 ml coconut milk (Indonesian: santan)
  • fried shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah goreng), for garnish (optional)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 100 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 5 candlenut (Indonesian: kemiri) (or 8-10 macadamia nuts)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds (Indonesian: biji ketumbar)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (Indonesian: biji jinten)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sugar, or to taste


  1. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a pot and stir fry the spice paste until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add lemon grass, bay leaf, and kaffir lime leaf and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken pieces and cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Add water and coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced, about 20 minutes. Add salt and/or sugar as needed.
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fried shallots.

Another great recipe by https://dailycookingquest.com.