Myanmar Chicken and Jackfruit Curry


Great garnishes include cilantro leaves, roasted fava beans, chile bamboo shoots, shredded chile peppers, and mushrooms. Serve with jasmine rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
43 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 33 mins
4 servings


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, chopped into 2-inch pieces

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 (1 1/2 inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 large tomato, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons shrimp paste

  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste

  • 1 teaspoon chile powder, or to taste

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 (20 ounce) can young green jackfruit in brine, drained

  • 2 teaspoons Burmese curry powder


  1. Mix chicken, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and salt together in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to marinate, about 30 minutes.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomato, shrimp paste, tamarind paste, and chile powder; mix until flavors combine, about 1 minute. Stir in chicken with marinade. Cook until chicken is browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir chicken stock and sugar into the wok. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add jackfruit; simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in curry powder. Continue simmering until the internal temperature of the chicken registers 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Substitute garam masala for the Burmese curry powder if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
25g Fat
18g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 1407mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 361mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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