Recipe For Indonesian Chicken

My contribution to the challenge was a dish prepared in my tagine, and I made enough of this Indonesian Chicken for 2 nights.

Indonesian Chicken
Indonesian Chicken

Part of the challenge was discovering what Sambal Oelek is! It is a paste made from ground red chillis, sometimes including salt, lime or lemongrass as well. Used for adding heat to dishes without altering the other flavours.

Indonesian Chicken

Recipe Category: Main Course


for the marinade

  • 1 onion quartered
  • 2.5 cm root ginger
  • 30 mls honey
  • 90 mls Soy sauce
  • 30 mls Sambal Oelek
  • juice of 2 limes

for the chicken

  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 30 mls Kapruka coconut oil
  • 3 sweet potatoes cut into chunks
  • 1 red onion quartered
  • 2 red peppers seeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

to serve:

  • 125 mls Greek yoghurt
  • handful of fresh coriander roughly chopped


for the marinade

  • put all the ingredients into a blender and pulse into a coarse paste

for the chicken

  • using the marinade, coat the chicken and leave to marinade for a couple of hours
  • heat the coconut oil in your pan and brown the chicken pieces
  • remove from the pan and set aside
  • deglaze the pan with some water and add the vegetables, the chicken, the left over marinade and the coconut milk
  • season with salt and pepper and cook for at least 40 minutes on a medium heat
  • mix together the yoghurt and coriander and serve with the chicken on a bed of rice

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on the second night the vegetables had made a mushy gravy and it was just as good as the first night!

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