How to make Opor Ayam (Recipe)

Opor Ayam

This is a delicious Indonesian recipe for Braised Chicken with white sauce (Opor Ayam).

Recipe for Opor Ayam

Ingredients for Opor Ayam:

  • 600 grams chicken cube
  • 2 stalks lemongrass (crushed)
  • 2 pieces kaffir leaves
  • 2 pieces bay leaf
  • 5 lengkuas
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 litre coconut milk
  • 4 tsp Cooking oil

Ingredients for Opor paste:

  • 200g shallot
  • 50g garlic
  • 100g candlenut
  • Sugar 4 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp

Other related recipes – Ayam Masak Merah, Ayam Kurma (Korma Chicken).


  1. For opor paste: Blend all ingredients in food processor to a coarse texture.
  2. Heat pan, add cooking oil and fry opor paste till golden brown. Stir frequently.
  3. Add lemongrass, lime leaf, bay leaf, lengkuas, cloves, coriander powder, cinnamon stick and nutmeg powder.
  4. Add chicken cubes and water.
  5. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until 3/4 cooked.
  6. Pour in coconut milk and bring to boil again. Then simmer until meat is tender, sauce thickens and season to taste.


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