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Lemongrass Turmeric Chicken


Very recently, I had a change in helper. So that meant that it is a start over for us. I have to re-orientate the new helper with our tasks and routines. However, she has very limited knowledge when it comes to the kitchen and cooking. So I’ve been showing her the ropes around the kitchen. With her earnest and eager to learn personality, I’m sure she will be comfortable in the kitchen soon. 


With her in mind, I have been creating recipes that requires little monitoring so she can multi-task, or speedy recipes where she only needs to spend limited amount of time in the kitchen. I often find paste very helpful. They save you time and energy to have to make it from scratch. It’s especially helpful when it’s Organic, preservative-free, and colours & flavours-free, that way I know I’m not consuming a bottle of chemicals. 


I used Mekhala Living’s Lemongrass Turmeric paste to help me with this dish. Here’s where you can find their products. I love the flavour it imparts to the chicken! If you don’t mind deep-frying, by all means, do so. It’ll taste even better. It’s just my family preference to opt for baking as a healthier alternative. However, the chicken does not lack in flavour, and it turned out succulent as well! Paired with spiced coconut rice, and simple stir-fried French beans that took me no time at all to cook, our completed dinner was served, stress-free to growling tummies. 


Lemongrass Turmeric Chicken with Fragrant Rice

Servings 4


Lemongrass Turmeric Chicken

  • 4 chicken legs
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp lemongrass turmeric paste I used ready paste from Mekhala
  • Fish sauce to taste
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • Black pepper to taste

Turmeric Ginger Coconut Rice

  • 2 tbsp of Mekhala's Lemongrass Turmeric paste
  • 2 cups of rice rinsed
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 2-3 tsp grated ginger I used 3 coz I like it stronger
  • 1 knotted pandan leaf
  • water to fill up to your rice cooker mark for 2 cups rice


Lemongrass Turmeric Chicken

  • Mix all ingredients except chicken and curry leaves together.
  • Rub marinade all over chicken and place in container.
  • Crush curry leaves and scatter over chicken legs.
  • Marinate for at least 4 - 24 hours. (I marinated overnight)
  • When ready, take chicken out of chiller.
  • Preheat oven to 200C.
  • Place chicken on lightly greased wire rack and spray on some oil on chicken skin.
  • Roast for 35-40 minutes.

Turmeric Ginger Coconut Rice

  • In your rice cooker, add rice, ginger, and coconut milk.
  • Top up enough water till your rice cooker marked 2 cups.
  • Stir in lemongrass turmeric paste.
  • Add pandan leaf.
  • Press cook.
  • Remove pandan leaf and fluff rice before serving.


To make substitute paste:
2 stalks lemongrass, cut into pieces
1 thumb size turmeric
1 thumb size galangal
1 shallot
1 tsp lime juice
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
Splash of water
Blend in food processor until you get a thick paste.
Lemongrass Turmeric Chicken 1

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  • Reply
    14 April, 2016 at 11:32 am

    This chicken dish looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply
    Chung Phaik Khe
    26 April, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Hi..can i substitute fresh tumeric with tumeric powder and coconut milk with yogurt?

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      26 April, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Hi, you can substitute fresh turmeric with powder, but yogurt for coconut rice isn’t going to work. You can use coconut oil for the fragrance then substitute chicken stock for coconut milk instead.

  • Reply
    16 May, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    hi there,

    i went to buy the Mekhala Lemongrass Tumeric Paste for the chicken. But I cant find Mekhala Turmeric Ginger Paste for the fragrant rice. can you advise where you got the Turmeric Ginger Paste ? thank you.

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      16 May, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Fen, my apologies! It was a typo error. I used the same paste, just added grated ginger to the ingredients. Sorry about the blunter, must be reading too much on the list on ingredient as the paste contains blue ginger. 🙂

      • Reply
        18 May, 2016 at 11:11 am

        hahahah no worries… for a moment the shop keeper was stressed out cos i showed her your recipe and insisted there must be a Tumeric Ginger Paste 🙂
        Thank you!

        • Reply
          Sharon Lam
          18 May, 2016 at 11:14 am

          OMG! Hahaha! Thanks so much for highlighting! 🙂

  • Reply
    16 July, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Sharon,

    Just to check. For the rice, is it measured by using the usual rice cup? Or use measuring jug?

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      17 July, 2016 at 3:32 am

      Hi Carelynn, yes. Rice measurements will be using rice cups. 🙂

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