Manado, Rica Rica, Chicken with chillies

Written by on June 12, 2012 in Sulawesi Culinary with 0 Comments

Manado, Rica Rica, Chicken with chillies


Rica Rica is a one of typical dishes of Minahasan people who live in North Sulawesi. Many Indonesians also call them as Manadonese, refer to the capital city of North Sulawesi province. You can make this dish either with chicken or fish. One of the important ingredients of this recipe is daun pandan or “Pandan leaf”. I have seen it once here in Asia shop in Germany but when I was due to make this recipe it wasn’t available. I deeply regret of it’s absence this time but I will make it up for the next one ;-). Nevertheless you need no worry, without “Pandan leaf”, it still taste good ;-). If one free range chicken is probably too much for you, why not halve the amount of chicken ( any sort as you wish) and serve as a starter. If preferred you can also add potatoes in it, like I do.


  1. 1 free range chicken, cut in 16 pieces
  2. 2 stems lemon grass, outer leaves discarded, crashed or bruished
  3. 6 shalllots, finely sliced
  4. 1 Pandan leaf ( if obtainable)
  5. 4 kaffir lime leaves
  6. 150 ml water
  7. juice of 1 lime
  8. oil

Spice For The Paste:

  1. 12 large red chillies, de-seeded, chopped
  2. 10 small red chillies / bird chillies (optional)
  3. 7 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. 4 cm ginger


  1. 1 tomato, sliced


  1. Blend all ingredients for the spice paste in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok or fryingpan & stir-fry shallot, lemon grass and pandan leaf until the shalllot is brown.
  3. Add the paste and kaffir-lime leaf. Stirring all the time until fragrant.
  4. Add the chicken and (potatoes, stir and cook until the chicken colours turn to white.
  5. Lower the heat into medium, pour in the water and cover the pan.
  6. Simmer with cover until the water is absorbed and the chicken is well cooked. Stir occasionally.
  7. Add the lime juice, stir to mix.
  8. Arrange sliced tomatoe as a garnish. Serve right away.

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