Ayam Prune Pedas is a Malaysian braised chicken dish with prunes and plenty of spices. The 10+ spices in this recipe make this into a very flavorful dish. The braising turns the chicken super tender and juicy. You will need plenty of steamed white rice to serve with this dish.
I consider the number of chilies used in this dish to be low to moderate heat. If you love and can tolerate spicy dishes, feel free to double the number of chilies.
Ingredients for Ayam Prune Pedas
Chicken and marinate:
- bone-in chicken
- dried red chilies
Prunes, spices, and seasonings:
- star anise
- cinnamon stick
- cardamom pods
- curry powder
- palm sugar
How to prepare Ayam Prune Pedas
I. Marinate and fry chicken.
Marinate chicken with salt and turmeric for 15 minutes.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry chicken for 8 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Set the chicken aside to drain over a strainer or wire rack.
II. Braise the chicken in sauce and prunes.
Puree shallot, garlic, ginger, and red chilies into a smooth paste.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry chili paste, star anise, cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick for 3 minutes, or until fragrant.
Add curry powder and fry for another 2 minutes.
Add water, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, and palm sugar to the wok.
Once the sauce boils, return the fried chicken to the wok and mix well. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook with the lid on for 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and has absorbed the sauce.
Add more salt and sugar as needed, then add chopped prunes to the wok and cook for 3 minutes.
Turn off the heat, transfer the dish to a serving plate, and serve immediately with steamed white rice.
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