Chicken Rendang

Rendang is always a spicy favourite amongst us Asian people. Thick chunks of spiced meat with the fragrant spices is simply irresistible such that talking about it makes our mouths water! But the use of sugar and coconut milk takes a toll on our health, so we tried out a healthier, yet still as yummy version of chicken rendang for you guys to enjoy.

While normally chicken rendang will use quite a bit of sugar, we eliminated this together with coconut milk, and replaced it with coconut oil, grated coconut as well as yogurt! Paring this together with the usual rendang spices like lemongrass, turmeric and kaffir leaves to name a few, we still get that flavorful, soft and tender taste that we all love!

So give it a go and serve it to your family, without worrying about the sinfulness that comes with it.]

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  • Servings: 8

  • Time: 2 hr

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 2 kilograms chicken thighs

  2. 3 tablespoons coconut oil

  3. 3 sticks lemongrass

  4. 10 pieces kaffir lime leaves

  5. 2 pieces Turmeric leaves

  6. 2 pieces Bay leaves

  7. 2 cups grated coconut

  8. 1 cup Marigold non fat yogurt

  9. 300 ml water

  10. 1 tablespoon curry powder

  11. 6 tablespoons chilli powder

  12. ½ teaspoon garam marsala

  13. 1 teaspoon assam paste

  14. Salt / fish sauce to taste

  15. Rempah:

  16. 10 shallots peeled

  17. 10 cloves garlic peeled

  18. 1 inch long piece of blue ginger peeled

  19. 1 inch long piece of ginger peeled


  1. Blend all the rempah ingredients in a food processor until a fine paste.

  2. Heat 3 tablespoons coconut oil a pot

  3. Working in batches, sear the chicken, giving it a light brown colour and set aside

  4. Add the blended rempah to the pot, together with the rest of the ingredients except salt / fish sauce.

  5. Add the chicken back to the pot then bring to boil

  6. Cover and simmer for 1 hour

  7. Adjust season with salt / fish sauce to taste

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