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Opor Ayam

Originated from Central Java, opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk) is especially popular during lebaran (Idul Fitri) where it is typically served with ketupat (boiled rice cake wrapped in woven palm leaf pouch) or lontong (boiled rice cake in the shape of a cylinder wrapped in banana leaf). Opor ayam is also the meat of choice for the famous Yogyakarta nasi gudeg, a rice dish consists of gudeg (young jackfruit sweet stew), opor ayam, and sambal goreng krecek (crispy beef skin and chili stew).

Opor Ayam

Opor Ayam

Opor Ayam

4.5 from 2 reviews



Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4


  • 1 chicken, cut into 4-8 pieces
  • 1 lemon grass, cut and bruised
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 2 kaffir lime leaf
  • 500 ml water
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • fried shallots for garnish (optional)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 8 shallot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5 candlenut
  • 1 inch galangal
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar


  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.
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fried shallots.


  • amallia says:

    this is my favorite food...:-)

  • Simon Lee says:

    Hi Anita, I just tried your recipe. Followed to the exact details, perhaps is my taste, find it a bit on the salty side. Otherwise it take great. Thanks Simon

    • Anita says:

      Thanks for the feedback Simon. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

  • Eka says:

    Hi Anita. I like your recipe. Simple, easy to find the ingredients in the US, and tasty! I have tried some of your recipes... Enak banget! Terimakasih. Salam, Eka

    • Anita says:

      Thanks for the compliment Eka :) Salam juga :)

  • Chris says:

    Hi Anita This opor Ayam recipe is a keeper. It is simple to cook with those readily available ingredients. It turned out fabulous and rich with flavour! Thank you for sharing ! I don't have to wait to go back hometown to enjoy this when I crave for opor ayam.

    • Anita says:

      I am so happy to hear that Chris :)

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