Cheat Nasi Lemak Recipe With My Lazy Satay Fried Chicken

  • Nasi Lemak Recipe with Satay Fried Chicken
  • Nasi Lemak Recipe with Satay Fried Chicken
  • Nasi Lemak Recipe with Satay Fried Chicken

Hello you delicious foodies! Now that were in the midst of the millionth lockdown, people will be spending more time in the kitchen. So during that time I decided to search for and plan this cheat Nasi Lemak recipe.

What is Nasi Lemak?

For those who don’t know, Nasi Lemak is legitimately the national dish of Malaysia. Nasi Lemak consists of fragrant and creamy coconut rice, glass shatteringly crispy, sweet and salty fried ikan bills (anchovies), sambal (a rich, super-concentrated, savoury and spicy chilli paste), sliced cucumbers, toasted peanuts and a soft, oozy boiled egg. To those who haven’t tried it, all of these little ingredients pack a powerful punch of flavour and textures which work in absolute harmony. Plus, it’s so simple and cheap to make over there yet can be challenging and more costly here in the UK. For instance, some restaurants charge a whopping £8-14 for the basic version of this dish WITHOUT the meat/chicken.

But when it comes to Nasi Lemak and Malaysian fried chicken home recipes, the ingredients can be difficult to get hold of. For instance, ingredients such as pandan leaf, galangal, lemongrass and ikan billis (Which is unfortunately missing from this version).

Now Let Me Introduce The Cheats Way…

My version is the easy way out if you cannot get a hold of these ingredients! Plus, it can be incredibly complex making authentic satay sauce and sambal from scratch. So with these everyday Chinese takeaway essentials, I’ve used these to make the perfect Nasi Lemak recipe with something special – Spicy Malaysian satay fried chicken.

Traditional Malaysian fried chicken has a ton of complex and exotic ingredients. So I’ve simplified this and made my version – And trust me, this cheat Nasi Lemak recipe works! Especially if you love anything nutty or spicy.

And the best part? You don’t have to make your sambal from scratch! As there are many amazing store bought ones to save you time. I highly recommend sambal strictly from Teans Gourmet or Dollee which can be bought in any Asian supermarket (or online below!).

Please trust me on this one, you’ll be cutting down time without cutting corners in terms of flavour. Plus, you’ll be saving a ton of money as these ingredients will last you a good amount of time!

Ingredients & Brands Used for This Cheat Nasi Lemak Recipe:

Finally, I want you all to remember that this is not the standard version of Nasi Lemak as it’s missing some ingredients. Plus, it’s also used with shrimp sambal as opposed to traditional ikan billis. But either way, it works pretty well and still packs a powerful punch of flavour.

In future, I will attempt another version from complete scratch and share the recipe. But for now, this will save you a ton of prep time and money.

I hope that you enjoyed this recipe and find it useful. I would love to hear your feedback and thoughts!



  1. February 26, 2021 / 9:52 am

    I never tried Nasi Lamak but this cheat recipe sounds delicious and absolutely doable! I am very interested in the sambal! Really hope I will get a chance to try one when travelling x

    • March 3, 2021 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks for your comment. And you really don’t need much sambal as it’s very rich in flavour. Malaysian restaurants are becoming more popular around the world so I’m sure you’ll grab the opportunity!

      Amy Jane x

  2. February 26, 2021 / 11:28 am

    Hi Amy, I’m Fadima from Malaysia too. Nasi lemak is Malaysians’ most favourite dish. Thank you for sharing this cheat recipe. Hope to see you again.

    • March 3, 2021 / 9:27 pm

      Hello and nice to meet you! We will definitely keep in contact.

      Amy Jane x

  3. March 31, 2021 / 9:17 pm

    Now this looks like my kind of dish, great recipe, I’ll need to try it out x

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