It's a simple dish consisting of chicken cooked in special spices, called woku sauce.
Easy to cook and delicious Woku Chicken.

Woku chicken is a dish from the city of Manado in North Sulawesi. It's a simple dish consisting of chicken cooked in special spices, called woku sauce. The sauce is made from a variety of fresh ingredients, including red chilies, shallots, garlic, ginger, turmeric, tomato, and lemongrass. This dish is often served with steamed rice and a side of vegetables. Woku chicken is a flavorful and hearty dish that is perfect for cold-weather meals. The spice from the red chilies will warm you up, while the ginger and lemongrass give the dish an aromatic flavor. The shallots, garlic, and turmeric add a savory depth of flavor to the sauce. If you are looking for a tasty and easy-to-make chicken dish, then Woku Chicken is a great option!

YIELDS 2 serving(s)
TOTAL TIME 50 minute(s)


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lime
  • 100 ml of water
  • 3 tbsp oil for sauteing
  • 1 lemongrass, bruised
  • 5 green chilies, oblique cut

Mashed Ingredients

  • 6 shallots
  • 3 garlic
  • 10 red chilies
  • 1 stem of basil
  • 1 tomato, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp salt


  • Green lettuce
  • Coriander leaves



Marinate chicken thighs with 1 tsp salt and lime for 15 minutes.

Step 1 of cooking Woku Chicken.

Blend all the mashed ingredients. Heat the oil and saute all the mashed ingredients until fragrant.

Step 2 of cooking Woku Chicken.

Add chicken thighs, lemongrass, and green chili. Stir until half cooked.

Step 3 of cooking Woku Chicken.

Add water and boil it. Make sure the taste is good, then cook on medium heat until the gravy thickens. Don't forget to turn the chicken over so it doesn't burn.

Step 4 of cooking Woku Chicken.

Serve Chicken Woku with coriander leaves and green lettuce, and can also be eaten with warm rice.

Step 5 of cooking Woku Chicken.

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