Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ayam Goreng Kunyit (Turmeric Fried Chicken)


This fried chicken is quite popular at the Malay mixed rice or nasi kukus (steamed rice) stalls.

In fact there is a  Chinese stall selling just ayam goreng kunyit served with white rice and fried eggs at one of the coffee shops in Uptown Damansara.

I love kunyit (turmeric) and any meat coated with turmeric powder and simply seasoned with salt and fried is simply divine.  I don't know why I never cooked this before.


In my first attempt, my chicken looked very pale. I was too afraid to add more turmeric powder. I think most recipes call for a modest amount of turmeric powder when in fact you need much more. I should have followed my instincts.

Which I did in my next attempt. But of course you can't add too much or the taste of turmeric would be overpowering. Another thing to remember is to salt the chicken well and fry it longer so that it is properly browned.


And don't overcook the long beans. You want them tender and yet still crisp. 



Ayam Goreng Kunyit
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 500g chicken, cut into bite sizes (I used a combination of fillet and bone-in)
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 6 strands long beans, cut into 1 inch length
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
-  1 big onion, sliced

Method :
1. Mix chicken with turmeric powder and salt. 
2. Heat oil in wok and shallow fry the chicken in batches (if you pan is big enough you can fry all at once). Fry until browned. Remove and set aside.
3. In the same oil, fry the garlic and onions until the onions are softened and wilted.
4. Add long beans and stir fry briefly (do not overcook).
5. Add fried chicken and toss to mix all the ingreidients.
6. Serve.

28 comments:

  1. What a good timing to see this post as I have a bottle of turmeric powder sitting inside the kitchen. I got carried away last year by the turmeric-mania to add into our beverages for robust health. It tasted bluek to me. I better fry with chicken or send it to you. I shall stalk you at Starling today!!

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    1. Where were you? I was looking everywhere at Stariling. LOL!

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  2. Beside chicken, can used on pork or fish?

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  3. Very tasty! I like to eat turmeric chicken too but prefer boneless chicken pieces. Does your partner like to eat this dish too?

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  4. I love fragrant fried turmeric chicken (just like I love ayam goreng berempah). This looks like Nasi Kak Wok with the long beans and onions (just missing the curry and sambal...hehe!) ^_* There's one in my neighbourhood that does this quite well and I'm a regular customer. ^o^

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    1. One day I am going to attempt a Nasi Kak Wok. The restaurant I blogged about where I had Nasi Ka Wok has since closed down :(

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  5. I.would love this fish. Fried turmeric chicken is my favourite.

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    1. It's simple and yet tastes so good.

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  6. Oh yes, definitely love the additional of tumeric in my chicken! Yum! xoxo

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  7. I've never tried this too. Got lots growing in my garden, can't wait to give it a try!

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    1. Addition of fresh turmeric would make it taste even better.

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  8. Read and heard that tumeric powder is good for us... Nice recipe, good for my solo one wok meal... talking of wok, I like the one you use... iron cast wok? Got wok smell and make dishes tastier!

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    1. Yes, it's a cast iron wok. Very well seasoned, so it is non-stick.

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  9. it is already delicious by looking at it !!

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  10. yay, i like turmeric too! more turmeric recipes, please - turmeric soups, turmeric eggs, turmeric tofu ... :D

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    1. Oh...yes! Turmeric added to fried vegetables Indian style is great too :)

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  11. Turmeric has been marketing recently as the latest miracle food - curing just about any ailment apparently. They turn it into "Golden Lattes" in Australia.

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    1. I've heard of golden milk where turmeric is added to milk.

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  12. Kalau time malas masak, I selalu belikan ayam kunyit ni utk anak I , LL....Rm 5 henggit je puas makan weyh. Kuning kunyit dia cantik... I rasa dia buh pewarna lah .... tak pun buh serbuk kari sikit!

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    1. Hainom, kan? Kat restoran warna ayam tu kuning dan cantik. Next time try letak serbuk kari. Sure sedap tambah rasa.

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  13. I like ayam goreng turmeric! I miss the ones my mom used to make!

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    1. It's quite easy to do except for the frying. Makes the kitchen so oily.

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  14. I think you did a good job as the dish looked exactly like what we have in Malay stalls :)

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