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Inche Kabin - Malaysian Fried Chicken

There was a food stall I frequented when I was a student in Malaysia that sold superb inche kabin to go along with nasi lemak. Although rendang will always be the popular choice for nasi lemak, I almost always couldn’t stop myself and ended up with one inche kabin (fried chicken) too. Years later I learned how to make this dish myself. Whenever I am in the mood for some seriously good fried chicken, a batch of inche kabin - Malaysian fried chicken do wonders to stave off the cravings.

Inche Kabin - Malaysian Fried Chicken

Inche Kabin - Malaysian Fried Chicken

It's All In The Marinade

The key to great inche kabin starts with the marinating sauce. Luckily it is a super simple sauce to prepare as long as you have a blender. I typically dump everything in my blender and just whizz away until it becomes a smooth sauce. You can use a whole chicken cut up into pieces, or about 8-10 chicken drumsticks, or even 16-20 pieces of chicken wings. To make sure the sauce coats the chicken really really well, I always place the sauce and the chicken in a large gallon size ziplock and marinate for one whole night. If you cannot wait for one night, at least try to let the chicken marinate for 4 hours.

Inche Kabin - Malaysian Fried Chicken

Inche Kabin - Malaysian Fried Chicken

Chili Sauce Please

Inche kabin tastes wonderful as is, but my favorite food stall always gave me plenty of sambal to go with it. Since it was a nasi lemak stall, it was always sambal ikan bilis, which was heavenly and uh… this reminds me that I don’t have that recipe yet in the blog. But inche kabin with generous serving of sambal terasi or sambal bajak is equally lovely.

Inche Kabin - Malaysian Fried Chicken

Inche Kabin - Malaysian Fried Chicken

Inche Kabin - Malaysian Fried Chicken

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 8


  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks (or 16-20 chicken wings)
  • enough oil for deep frying
  • Marinating sauce
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 200 gram shallot (or onion)
  • 3 lemongrass, white parts only
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 tablespoon corn starch


  1. Place all ingredients for marinating sauce in a blender and puree into a smooth paste.
  2. Transfer the marinating paste to a large gallon size ziplock bag, along with chicken drumsticks/wings. Marinate in the fridge overnight.
  3. Prior to frying the chicken, take them out from the fridge and return to room temperature.
  4. Heat a pot of oil for deep frying. Fry the chicken until fully cooked and golden brown. Serve immediately.
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  • Herb Marsh Herb Marsh says:

    amazing thank you

  • stephanie stephanie says:

    This was mouth watering delicious! I made this recipe for my husband's birthday. It was a total success.

  • Tonje Tonje says:

    Yum! This recipe is great, my entire family loved it.

  • Denisse Salinas Denisse Salinas says:

    This chicken looks SO CRISPY and reading through the list of ingredients makes my mouth water! Simply divine!

  • Andrea Metlika Andrea Metlika says:

    The marinade sounds so good. I want to marinade other meats in it too.

  • Irina Irina says:

    I love to experiment with drumsticks, and it seems that your recipe of Malaysian fried chicken is worth trying! :) Amazingly tasty as always! :)

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