Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ayam Kecap

This is one of our family's all time favorite things to eat for dinner. Not only is it delicious, but it is super quick and easy to put together!

"Ayam" is Indonesian for "chicken." "Kecap" refers to Kecap Manis, which is a traditional Indonesian sweet soy sauce. You can find it in Asian grocery stores in the Indonesian aisle.

To make this dish, you can either use a whole chicken or boneless chicken breasts (or thighs), cubed. I have two different ways I prepare it, based on what type of meat I am using.

Ayam Kecap, using whole chicken:

1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

Lemon or Lime Juice, 3 tbs

Salt & Pepper

Garlic, 5 cloves finely grated (I usually put mine in the food processor).

Kecap Manis, 1 cup

Oil for frying

Green Onions for garnish


*After cutting up chicken, toss with lemon or lime juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

*Fry chicken until golden in hot oil.

*Remove chicken. Leave 1/4 cup oil in the pan.

*Add Kecap Manis to the pan.

*Turn heat to med-high and stir sauce mixture. Be careful not to let it burn. Allow it to cook for about 1 minute.

*Add garlic & a little bit of lemon or lime juice (1 tsp). Allow to cook for 30 seconds.

*Add chicken, and toss.

*Put chicken on plate and sprinkle green onions over the top.

*Service with hot rice. Enjoy!

Ayam Kecap, using boneless chicken:

2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cubed

Lemon or Lime juice, 1 tablespoon

Salt & Pepper

5 cloves garlic, minced

Kecap Manis, 1/2-3/4 cup

Oil, just enough to stir fry the chicken

Green Onions for garnish


*Toss cubed chicken with lemon or lime juice and salt and pepper.

*Heat oil in wok. Add chicken, and stir fry until chicken is golden in color (or cooked through).

*Add garlic. Stir for 1 minute.

*Add Kecap Manis. Stir fry for 1 minute.

*Garnish with green onions.

*Serve with hot rice. Enjoy!

Kecap Manis (KEH-chop MA-nees)

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