Kapitan Chicken Curry

AuthorPeter Tan
11. April 2021
Time2 min read

Kapitan Chicken Curry is a delicious Nyonya dish, distinctly flavoured using tamarind juice, candlenut, fresh turmeric root and belacan (shrimp paste), and among other ingredients. In case that you don't know yet, Nyonya cooking mixes the cooking styles and ingredients of the Chinese and Malay communities in Malaysia, coming up with a cuisine that features strongly in the Malaysian culinary landscape.

It bears some similarity to your typical chicken curry, but the broth of Nyonya's Kapitan Chicken Curry is a little bit more on the red side due to using more chillies. And because more chillies are used, the curry is spicier and has a stronger flavour to it. This makes it a perfect dip for plain toast or buns; sure, using curry as a dip might be seen as a little bit old-fashioned, but it's still an enjoyable pastime to many of us in Malaysia and Singapore.

Of course, like with any curry, you're not stuck with one set of ingredients. Instead of chicken, you can use beef, mutton or even pork as the main protein. Or perhaps you love potato, carrot and tomato? Why not add them in, and cook it with Khimyan Kapitan Curry Paste. You'll love this curry dish! Best served hot with plain rice.


  • 600gm chicken (chopped)
  • 2 potato (peeled and diced)
  • 2 carrot (peeled and diced)
  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 300 ml water
  • 80 ml coconut milk or use fresh milk
  • 1 packet Khimyan Kapitan Curry Paste


  1. Put the chicken in a pot of boiling water and pre-cook for 5 minutes. Take out and place it on a plate for later use.
  2. Pour 1 packet of Khimyan Kapitan Curry Paste alongside with the cooked chicken, potato, and carrot, pan-fry for 3 minutes.
  3. Add 300ml water and 80ml coconut milk or fresh milk. Lower the heat and let the curry simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is tender.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy it with rice or bread.

What our customers say about this

"In Germany it is very cold right now, we have had a lot of snow, about half a meter and temperature to -20 degrees. Now, your curry helped to get a little warm inside, and it tastes really good. My wife created a special recipe, with some coconut milk, and chicken meat; absolutely delicious."- Dieter Frieauff, Germany