Malaysian Chicken Rendang with Sambal Asam

5/5 from 4 Customers

30 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes


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Rendang - a rich, sweet and spicy curry from Malaysia...

Originally cooked by an indigenous people of Indonesia known as the Minangkabau people, there are now many different versions of rendang eaten all over Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The length of time the curry is cooked for determines how intense the flavour is and whether a saucy curry, like this chicken version or a drier version, often made with beef is produced.

On the side we’ve got a green bean salad known as kerabu, a braised cabbage dish and sambal asam, a tangy version of Malaysia’s favourite condiment which adds a real kick to the meal!


30 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes



Medium Effort

Main Ingredient



Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Dairy Free

Taste Profile

Meal Taste


Meal Taste


Meal Taste





RENDANG PASTE SPICES: Toasted coriander, chilli, toasted cumin, fennel, turmeric, cassia, lemongrass, Kaffir Lime, nutmeg, tamarind powder (tamarind, starch)

RENDANG WHOLE SPICES: Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, cassia

SAMBAL SPICES: Chilli, tamarind powder (tamarind, starch), toasted cumin


CABBAGE SPICES: Turmeric, brown mustard seeds, red pepper flakes, ginger

KERABU SPICES: Chilli flakes, shrimp powder, onion, kaffir lime leaf


  • 4 chicken legs or large chicken thighs on the bone 
  • 2 large red onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • A small piece of ginger - roughly chopped to make 2 tsp
  • 200g green beans
  • ½ small white cabbage 
  • ½ cucumber 
  • 2 limes
  • 200ml coconut milk (½ a standard-size tin or you can buy it in a pouch) 
  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • Rice for 4 to serve
  • 25g peanuts - coarsely crushed
  • 1tbsp sugar

Product Rating (4):


Delicious! The Sambal Assam added a real fiery kick, and the chicken was amazingly tender

Nicholas Ivin View More

A favourite here at Spicery HQ and it looks just as good on your plate too!


We all piled into the kitchen and set to work on our Malaysian Chicken Rendang. The Sambal Assam adds a powerful kick to an otherwise family friendly, delicious, coconutty (yes, it’s a word) chicken rendang. This is perfect for the family; grown ups and kids alike can add some heat if they want. The crunchy bean salad with crispy onions and the gently spiced braised cabbage worked a treat with the rendang. This was our first Spicery kit and we’re looking forward to our next. What a lovely way to get our family together in the kitchen at the weekend, thank you!

Helen Cooper View More

Fantastic! So happy to hear everyone enjoyed it and lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing- we look forward to seeing your future Spicery creations!


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Spicery Customer

Scrumptious 5* Delicious 5* products everytime.

Darran Orme

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