Spicy Turmeric Chicken

Did you realize that X'mas is just a couple of days away? And then here comes 2013. Phewwww...... Guess, everyone already in the holiday mood and some even started planning their menu for the coming celebration weeks ago or even months ago. I'm not celebrating it but I can feel the joy like everyone else. So much fun, just like a little kid ! :o) However, the Chinese is too looking forward to the final celebration of the year which is called 'dongzhi' or winter solstice. And it's fall on the 21st of December this year. I think it also brings the meaning of new beginning and NOT the end of the world. So for the pre-celebration, I made my family a yummy delicious spicy chicken.

And here's what I did.
Ingredients :
1 whole chicken, chopped in pieces
2 tbsp turmeric powder
salt & pepper to taste

Blended Paste :
1 inch ginger
1 large onion
5 shallots
5 cloves garlic
1 inch fresh lengkuas/blue ginger
1 inch fresh turmeric
2 stalk lemongrass, 2 inches from the bottom part (sliced)
handful of bird eye chilies

Method :
(1) marinade chicken pieces with salt & pepper and turmeric powder, leave to rest for 1/2 hour.
(2) deep fried the chicken till brown, then set aside.
(3)  remove cooking oil from wok or pan and leave only about 1/2 cup of it.
(4)  on the heat and stir in the blended mixture, then saute till fragrant.
(5)  next add in fried chicken and simmer over low heat till everything well blended for about 15 mins. Stir constantly to prevent burnt.
(6) remove the chicken once the strong aroma of spices appeared & blended paste became dried, make sure you don't burnt it.

Kids missed their mom's home cook food a lot cause haven't been cooking much lately. haha.... Actually, I just got back from a short vacation. I went home to visit & spent a few days time with my parents. It was wonderful. I had so much fun enjoying the food back home and am now planning what else to take on my next visit home. :o)

Wishing all my readers a very Happy Holiday Season. Enjoy & have loads of fun !


  1. Hi Kristy,just came bec from holiday? That's very good. When I saw your post title, I quickly click over to see. This is my fav dish. I can just eat it with white rice. During my confinement, I also ask the auntie to cook this dish frequently. Especially turmeric, I like it's fragrant aroma.

  2. Kristy look really delicious!!

  3. It's crazy how quickly time is passing! I can't believe it's going to be 2013. I love turmeric and anything with a kick to it, I'm a fan!

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  5. looks tempting n mouthwatering curry...

  6. Very delicious looking dish, I love spicy food like this but too lazy to prepare the blended paste!

  7. Hi Kristy, your chicken is making my mouth water... absolutely delicious!

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  9. http://www.elinluvdelights.comDecember 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Kristy...this is a great recipe. I would love to try this out...spicy turmeric chicken..mmmm drooling liow :) You too , enjoy the coming festive holidays !

  10. Back from my vacation & dropping by to say "Happy Holidays!" Have fun cooking & blogging. xoxo

  11. Looks and sounds so delicious! I am wondering where to get that blue ginger.. :/

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  14. Hi Kristy, delicious turmeric chicken. Look soooo appetizing, can I have extra rice please! LOL

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  15. My gosh....I need a big plate of rice to go with this dish! Looks SO delicious! Just what a Malaysian loves...haha. Wonderful that you went back to visit your parents. I'm sure they must be so happy to see you. I'm looking forward to going back to visit my parents too. Hope you have a wonderful festive season and happy new year!

  16. Is it really nearly Christmas already?!! No say it ain't so! Where did the time go? I just can't get over that summer has ended, of course the 80 degree weather doen't hep you think winter here in Florida. But that is how I like it.

    Okay in to the wonderful fod. I would love this chicken, but I would have to ease up on the spicy hot for my husband!

    Have a great year end Kristy!

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  18. Love this chicken dish. Must try after Christmas. I am sure after eating so many Quay Lo food, I will crave for Asian food. Kristy, thanks much for the lovely Christmas card. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Big Bear Hugs.

  19. The chicken looks very flavourful and delicious, Kristy.
    Wish you a wonderful holiday season!

  20. Kristy, this sounds delicious. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Hugs and Christmas blessings...Mary

  21. hi my dear friend, here's wishing you happy christmas and a wonderful new year !! HUgs!!

  22. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013 to you too..


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