09 September 2013

Pandan Chicken (Screw Pine Leaf Chicken)

I make this pandan chicken just because I missed this type of food, but with Gabriel around I can't make the food too spicy (anyway, myself also can't take too spicy food ^_^), so I adjusted the recipe a bit to make it suitable for him.  Instead of deep-fry I pan-fry the chicken using my Happy Call pan. The chicken is really tasty and moist with lemongrass fragrance.

Wrapping the chicken into the parcel is hard for me...hehehe, first timer! I watched the video posted by WokkingMum again and again, but come to real stuff really not easy with the soft pandan leaf. If the pandan leaves is fresh and hard will be easier I think. (I didn't wrap all the 600g chicken but only make 8 parcels, the rest of the chicken I make into other dish)

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Recipe adapted from Asian Tidbits Mini Cookbook by Debbie Teoh
600g Chicken meat, sliced into 0.5cm thick slices
2-3 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp fish sauce
6 tbsp honey (to taste) (used 3 heaps tbsp)
2 tsp salt (to taste)
100 ml coconut milk
some screwpine (pandan) leaves for wrapping
5 tbsp cooking oil for pan-fry

Spice paste:
4 shallots, peeled (used 2 big one)
3 cloves garlic, peeled (used 1 tbsp garlic minced)
3 cm knob ginger, peeled (used 1 tbsp ginger minced)
3-4 stalks lemongrass (used 1 stalk and added 3 tbsp of lemongrass marinade paste)
2 tsp chili powder (used 2 tsp mild curry powder)
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp cracked black peppercorns (used a pinch)

1. Combine chicken slices, spice paste and remaining ingredients, except screw pine (pandan) leaves and cooking oil, in a bowl. Mix well. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hour.
2. To assemble, fold one end of screw pine leaf into a cone and fill with some marinated chicken.
3. Fold down excess leaf to cover chicken, then wrap it around the back of the parcel, from left to right, and tuck it through the loop, adjust and shape parcel into a 2 pointed triangular shape.
4. Pour the oil into happycall heated pan, place the parcel into it and cover the pan. Let it cooked for 3-4 mins until the exposed parts of chicken turned golden brown. Flip the pan and let it cook for another 3-4 mins. or until the exposed parts of chicken turned golden brown.  


I am submitting this to the Little Thumbs Up "Pandan" event organized
 by Bake for Happy Kidsmy little favourite DIY and hosted by Butter, Flour & Me.


  1. hi, good morning..
    we post the same food today, haha! (hi five)


  2. Wow not bad for first timer. Am feeling hungry looking at those wrapped chicken.

  3. aww.. i was just thinking about these! yours are so professionally done

  4. what a great idea to use Happycall pan to fry this pandan chicken. Less oily and don't need to scare of the hot oil spill.

  5. 感觉真的好香呢

  6. Tze, I never see a pack of pandan leaves like this b4, how many leaves are there in a packet & how much? Earlier today, I saw 小雨伞 made this dish & I really like it & you know what, I also asked her whether the chicken still taste good without adding the curry powder, haha.

    The school holidays still start from 21st Sep in NSW, looks like same to the schools in Vic, too?

  7. Your pandan chicken is so delicious. Love it that you cooked it using the happy call pan to cook the chicken. Healthier than frying!

  8. 哎哟 。。。。。。 香气飘到我家来了。好厉害哦。哈哈哈 ~


  9. Hi Tze,

    A few years back when I was living near the city, we used to buy our pandan leaves being frozen like yours. Then, I realised that there are the fresh ones are actually available in some Vietnamese shops just before winter... I bought lots of them and freeze some on my own :D

    I love Pandan chicken but reckon that pandan is a little too expensive just to wrap chicken... Did your dish cost you a lot of $$$? :p


  10. hi tze, i also made some pandan chicken, also followed the wrapping method from wokking mum. BUt i will only post it later for another thai event.


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