Pandan Chicken (Chicken Wrapped in Screwpine Leaves)

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The origin of pandan chicken is still a little vague and there has been a lot of dispute about where it came from, but it is majorly a Thai dish but the funny thing is, I was first introduced to pandan chicken from a Nyonya restaurant although this dish is not Nyonya. Being a lass from Sarawak, food like this are relatively non-existent where I lived. So when I first got a taste of it, I immediately fell in love with it. The flavours, spices and aromas were loud and graceful at the same time, if you catch my meaning.

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Pandan chicken can be considered quite an old-school recipe because I hardly see people make them anymore. But I’ve always loved it, and trust me it is quite a show-stopping dish because the fragrance of the pandan will permeate the room and you have the chicken that has been steeped in this myriad of aromatics marinade.

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While the advanced level of pandan chicken will have the chicken wrapped into a neat 3D triangle, I am settling for the crude home version and just roll the leaves around the chicken. This is a dish everyone should try because pandan leaves are so easily available here. Pandan leaves also have a wide array of nutritional values. It;

  • Relieves headache and arthritis.
  • Treats ear pains.
  • Eases chest pains.
  • Reduces fever.
  • Treats leprosy, wounds and smallpox.
  • As a laxative for children
  • Solve several skin problems.
  • Strengthen gums and reduces stomach spasms.
  • Helps in speeding in the recuperation of women who have just given birth and are still weak



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10 Responses to “Pandan Chicken (Chicken Wrapped in Screwpine Leaves)”

  1. Phong Hong says:

    This is one of my favourite dishes at the Thai restaurant. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Jarome says:

    Thai dishes are my recent fave food and your oost makes me drool and starve. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Jarome…haha, please don’t starve on my account, go cook yourself some pandan chicken to satisfy that craving then. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kelly says:

    I’ve had pandan chicken a couple of times and I love the aroma. Quite an easy dish to cook looks like.

    • Sharon says:

      hi kelly, the only hard work would be wrapping the chicken one by one but even then it’s not like super tedious lah unless you wanna wrap the ‘atas’ method and make it look like a tiny bak chang. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi Sharon, your pandan chicken looks really delicious! Sad to say pandan leaves in Australia are normally frozen so it’s really wet to work with! I can imagine oil splattering around if I were to try to fry this at home ๐Ÿ™
    Really miss Pandan chicken back in Malaysia.

    Thanks and you’ve got a really good blog here. Always get inspired by your dish!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks LC, thanks for dropping by. Haha, maybe you can try sneaking a pandan seedling back to Aus and grow a bush there. Looking forward to browsing your blog.

  5. Diane says:

    Can we eat the pandan leaves?

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