Malay Spicy Tomato Chicken

February 7, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Malay Spicy Tomato Chicken

Malay Spicy Tomato Chicken is a classic Malay dish where chicken is seared and braised in a thick, spicy, and sweet sauce. The chicken is first marinated in a mixture of salt, turmeric powder, and pepper. Then, the shallots, ginger, garlic, and chili are milled together.

Next, the chicken is pan-fried in oil until golden brown. Some of the oil is removed, and the milled ingredients, dry spices, and sliced onion are sautéed until translucent. The rest of the ingredients, including tomato ketchup, coconut milk, water, salt, sugar, and frozen mixed vegetables, are added to the wok. The chicken is then added back to the wok, and the dish is cooked until the gravy reduces and the chicken is cooked through.

Malay Spicy Tomato Chicken is typically served with rice and a side of vegetables. It is a popular dish for both special occasions and everyday meals. The dish is also relatively easy to make, and it can be customized to your liking. For example, you can add more or less chili depending on your desired level of spiciness. You can also add other vegetables to the dish, such as potatoes, carrots, or bell peppers.


850 gram of chicken parts
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
A dash of pepper


3 shallots
2 cloves garlic
2 red chilli
2 cinnamon
3 cardamoms
1 red onion, sliced
1/2 cup of tomato ketchup
1/2 cup of Ayam brand coconut milk
1/2 cup of water
1/3 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables

Directions to make Malay Spicy Tomato Chicken

  1. Marinate chicken with salt, turmeric and pepper for at least 30mins.
  2. Mill shallots, ginger, garlic and chili.
  3. Heat wok and put in 1/2 cup oil. Pan fry chicken pieces until the skin turns golden. Dish up.
  4. Remove some of the oil leaving behind about 2 tablespoon oil.
  5. Sauté the milled ingredients on medium heat until it looks glossy, put in dry spices and sliced onion and sauté until the onions looks translucent and wilts.
  6. Put in the rest of the ingredients and chicken into the wok and cook until the gravy reduces and the chicken is cooked through. Dish up and serve.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 1186

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏60g 22%
Cholesterol ‏378mg 126%
Total Fat ‏47g 60%
Saturated Fat ‏22g 110%
Trans Fat ‏-1g
Dietary Fiber ‏14g 50%
Protein ‏131g 262%
Sodium ‏2246mg 98%
Sugars ‏27g 54%


30 min


30 min




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