Easy Fragrant Balinese Chicken Curry from Scratch


I’m off to Bali next week! Woo hoo!! I love the warm weather and the delicious Balinese food.  Each time we visit I attend cooking classes and collect as many recipes as possible. This Fragrant Balinese Chicken Curry is a recipe I developed from a smoked slow cooked duck dish we made in a previous class.

Balinese Chicken Recipe

Balinese Chicken Recipe


5 from 3 votes
Paleo Chicken Curry
Fragrant Balinese Chicken Curry
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This is a simple dish that you will make again and again.

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Servings: 6 people
Author: Julie Carlyle
  • 6 chicken thigh fillets
  • 1/2 red capsicum cut into strips
  • 200 gm coconut cream
  • 4 pcs lemongrass crushed slightly
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves sliced finely
  • 2 limes 1 lime for juice - 1 lime for serving
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander
Spice Paste
  • 8 shallots (small onion -not green spring onion)
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 5 small hot red chilli
  • 4 large mild red chilli
  • 30 gm fresh ginger peeled
  • 30 gm galangal peeled
  • 30 gm fresh tumeric peeled
  • 3 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 TBS palm sugar
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
Spice Paste
  1. Place all the spice paste ingredients in TM Bowl. Blend 10 sec/Speed 9.

  2. Scrape down the bowl. Blend 30sec/Speed 9. Repeat until paste forms. (Alternatively, pulse in a food processor)

  3. Place one cup of the Balinese Spice Paste in a jar and pour a thin layer of oil over the top. Seal the jar and refrigerate for future use.

Balinese Chicken Curry
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius.

  2. Add the chicken thigh fillets to a large glass bowl.

  3. Pour the spice paste over the chicken. The chicken can be allowed to marinate in the spices or cooked straight away. (cover and refrigerate if marinating)

  4. Add the marinated chicken thigh fillets to a roasting tray.

  5. Top with sliced capsicum, juice from 1 lime, 1/2 the lime leaves and bruised lemongrass stalks.

  6. Cook the chicken uncovered for 10 mins.

  7. Remove the tray from the oven and turn each thigh fillet over.

  8. Add the coconut milk and remaining lime leaves to the roasting pan and stir the mixture to combine. Continue to cook the curry for a further 10-15 minutes.

  9. Garnish with sliced lime and top with coriander leaves.

Recipe Notes

The Balinese Chicken Curry can be marinated the night before for a super quick weeknight meal.

Balinese Chicken Curry - Prior to Cooking

Balinese Chicken Curry – Prior to Cooking

This recipe is perfectly suited to the Thermomix and so much easier than pounding spices by hand. If you don’t have a Thermomix you can always use a food processor to make the Balinese curry paste.

Coconut Cream Curry

Coconut Cream Curry

Once the spice paste has been made, a portion is reserved for future use so you will be able to prepare any even quicker dish next time you’re in a hurry.

Balinese Chicken Recipe

Balinese Chicken Recipe

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6 thoughts on “Easy Fragrant Balinese Chicken Curry from Scratch”

  1. Catherine says:

    I love everything in this dish…all those wonderful flavors together…Mmmm this sounds so good!

  2. These photos are gorgeous! This looks so delicious. I have never made my own and definitely need to try this.

  3. This looks so delicious and I wish I could smell it too! Yummy! Thank you for sharing this! Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  4. Jane says:

    I can imagine the fragrance of the lemongrass mixed with coconut cream. Yeah! I grew up with these ingredients.

  5. Danielle says:

    This was fantastic, just like the curries I enjoyed in Bali. I used double the ginger instead of the galangal, and coconut sugar instead of palm sugar. Quite spicy – next time I might leave out a 2 or 3 of the small red chilli to make it a bit milder for family members that aren’t too keen on spicy food!

    1. Hi Danielle, Thank you so much for your comment. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe. I agree it can be hard to get the level of spice right for the family. 🙂

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