Sambal Chicken in Tamarind

Sambal Chicken recipe is of course a hot favorite not only amongst the natives of Malaysia, but also the tourists love it. The kids who have a spicy tooth also relish it with ease. 

Ingredients:Sambal Chicken

  • 2.5 lbs of chicken leg and thigh
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp peanut olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tamarind pulp mixed with 4c of water
  • 1 inch square dried shrimp paste
  • 1.5 tbsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 small shallots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 20 g galangal (1.5 inch slice)
  • 1.5 tbsp cashews, chopped
  • 3 small red Chilies, seeded
  • 1 Kaffir leave
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, cleaned and pounded 


  1. Into a blender, blend the turmeric, Galangal, ginger, shallots, cashews, garlic, shrimp paste and chilies.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil and fry the paste for about 4 minutes.
  3. Throw in the kaffir leave and the lemongrass. Throw in the chicken and stir.
  4. Pour the tamarind water and cover with lid. Cook for 7 minutes.
  5. Add salt and sugar to it. Serve hot with rice.

Servings: 4

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Ready in: 25 minutes

Course: Side Dish

Difficulty: Easy