Indonesian spicy tomato chicken

    55 min

    This dish combines the marriage of sweet and spicy. Chicken is cooked with chillies, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom and tomatoes. Serve with rice, if desired.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 (1.35kg) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • salt to taste
    • 10g dried whole red chillies
    • 3 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 red onion, chopped
    • 1 (2cm) slice fresh root ginger
    • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 2 whole star anise pods
    • 5 whole cloves
    • 5 cardamom seeds
    • 2 tomatoes, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons ketchup
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar or to taste
    • 125ml water

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Rub the chicken with turmeric powder and salt. Set aside. Soak the dried red chillies in hot water until softened. Blend the softened dried chillies, fresh red chilli, garlic, onion and ginger in a liquidiser or food processor to a paste.
    2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken in the hot oil until golden on all sides. Remove the chicken from the frying pan and set aside. Remove excess oil from the frying pan, leaving about 1 tablespoon. Cook and stir the chilli paste with the cinnamon, star anise, cloves and cardamom seeds until fragrant. Return the chicken to the frying pan. Stir in the water, adding more if needed. Toss in the tomatoes and stir in the ketchup and sugar. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until no the chicken longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. Serve hot.

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    Very nice, very easy to make and very tasty. Will be maling again  -  19 Jul 2014


    The first dish that finished! Best eating with some rice as is rather spicy for me or maybe i reduce the dried red chili  -  06 Mar 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Deliciously spicy hot! Definately pair with some rice (i chose jasmine) to cut the heat. A definate crowd pleaser for those who like spicy ethnic cuisine!  -  04 Apr 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)