Balinese Chicken with Turmeric Rice and Tamarind Sauce

Balinese Chicken with Turmeric Rice and Tamarind Sauce

Ready in 30 minutes Serves 2-3
This dish most recently appeared in My Gourmet (4 Nights For 2) on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

If you don’t have time to cut your cucumber into matchsticks, use a peeler to peel into long ribbons.


Turmeric Rice

  • ½ brown onion, finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 200g jasmine rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups water

Balinese Chicken

  • 300g chicken breasts
  • 1½ teaspoons Balinese salt

Balinese Salad

  • 1 baby bok choy
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
  • ½ tablespoon fish sauce
  • 100g mung bean sprouts

To Serve

  • 50g tamarind sauce
  • 20g-40g chopped, roasted peanuts


  1. Heat a drizzle of oil in a small pot on medium heat. Cook onion and turmeric for 2-3 minutes until tender. Add rice and salt and mix to coat in oil. Add water and bring to the boil on a high heat. As soon as it boils, cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce to lowest heat to cook for 12 minutes.
  2. Turn off heat and leave to steam, still covered, for a further 8 minutes. Do not lift lid during cooking. When cooked, fluff up grains of rice with a fork. While rice is cooking, thinly slice baby bok choy and cut cucumber into matchsticks. Set aside.
  3. Pat chicken dry and cut into steaks. To do this, place your hand flat on top of chicken and use a knife to slice through horizontally. Place on a plate, drizzle with oil and sprinkle over Balinese salt.
  4. Heat a drizzle of oil in a medium fry-pan on medium heat. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes each side (depending on thickness), or until cooked through. Set aside to rest, covered, for 3-4 minutes before slicing thinly against the grain.
  5. While chicken is resting, combine lemon juice, vinegar, sweet chilli sauce and fish sauce in a large bowl. Add remaining Balinese salad ingredients and toss well. Season and set aside.
  6. To serve, divide turmeric rice between plates, top with Balinese chicken and drizzle over tamarind sauce. Serve Balinese salad on the side and sprinkle with peanuts.

Nutritional Information

Energy 2066 kj
494 kcal
Protein 36.2g
Carbohydrate 57.1g
Fat 15.2g