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Turmeric Fried Chicken - A Nasi Lemak Essential!

These spiced wings are even better than KFC!

fried chicken, turmeric chicken
No one can resist crispy chicken like this!

When it comes to favourite rice dishes in Singapore, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Nasi Lemak probably rank as our favourites. And when it comes to Nasi Lemak, one of the main ingredients that makes it extra delicious to eat is Fried Turmeric Chicken. There is something magical about the combination of turmeric, coriander and chilli powders coming together. And I think I actually prefer this to KFC! 😆

You might think that it's quite difficult to achieve that fragrant, distinct coconutty taste but it's actually really easy and done in under an hour! I paired this with butterfly pea rice, a fried omelette and anchovies and it was really yummy. Read on if you want to know how the fried chicken is made!

For this recipe, I also used fresh chicken wings, just because they taste much better than the frozen ones. But if you already have those sitting around in your freezer, that's ok too!

Fried Turmeric Chicken

(makes 5 chicken wings)


  • 5 chicken wings

  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Dash of sugar


  1. Rub the spices well into the chicken wings, using disposable gloves.

  2. Seal with wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Remove the wings from the fridge.

  4. Using coconut oil, shallow fry the wings on each side for 5-6 minutes till golden brown.

  5. Serve with butterfly pea rice, anchovies, fried omelette and lots of sambal chilli.

  6. Enjoy!

fried chicken, nasi lemak, turmeric chicken
The only way to eat fried chicken is with lots of sambal chilli!


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