It’s the third week in our recipe development series with the Sous Chef Cooking Shop in the UK, and this week we have something warm and hearty for you! The last two weeks focused on vegan recipes, with Vegan Miso Aubergine and Vegan Beetroot Wild Rice. But this week we’ve got a gorgeous South East Asian Chicken Stew recipe!

We like to keep our recipes simple and not too complicated – otherwise, you’ll never end up making them! This recipe ended up being slightly more work than anticipated – BUT worth every second. And if you smell these flavours at home, you’ll understand why. You’re welcome 😉

[Looking for another great South-East Asian recipe? Check out our Coconut Crab Curry]

Tamarind For South East Asian Chicken Stew




  • 2 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 6 dried chillies (you can add more if you desire more heat) or use 1-2 fresh chillies
  • 3 lemongrass stalks
  • 1 large onion
  • 1-inch ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves

South East Asian Chicken Stew Recipe Spice Mix

South East Asian Chicken Stew


  1. Place all of the spice ingredients into a blender, make into a paste, and set aside.
  2. Toast the desiccated coconut in a dry pan over medium heat until golden brown. Remove from pan.
  3. Grab your pestle and mortar and pound desiccated coconut until it’s fine and paste-like.
  4. Heat up coconut oil in a deep pan or pot over medium heat. Add the blended spice mix and cook until fragrant. About 5-10 minutes.
  5. Then add the toasted desiccated coconut and mix evenly.
  6. Add the chicken and cook for about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Then add the coconut milk and some water and cook until it thickens. 15-20 minutes.
  8. Once thickened, remove chicken pieces and debone. Shred into smaller pieces and put back into the stew.
  9. Add tamarind juice* and cook for further 15 minutes.
  10. Serve with cooked rice.
  11. Garnish with fresh coriander.

*Tamarind juice: Combine pulp and boiling water and let it soak and soften for 10 minutes. Whisk and stir. Let stand for further 10 minutes. Strain the juice through a sieve and get rid of the pulp.

[Looking for more stew recipes? Check out our South African Lamb Neck Stew]

South East Asian Chicken Stew Recipe Dish

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