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Ayam Bakar Padang - Padang Broiled Chicken

Padang food is my favorite takeout in Indonesia. Whenever I am too lazy to cook, I can always drop by a nearby Padang restaurant and get a serving of nasi Padang (Padang rice meal). This usually means steam white rice, jackfruit curry (gulai nangka), eggs with chili sauce (telur balado), green chili relish (cabe ijo), and a choice of meat. Deciding on the meat can be tricky since I love everything, but if I must choose, then my top three choice would be beef rendang (rendang sapi), fried chicken (ayam pop) and ayam bakar (broiled chicken). There are of course, a whole lot more than just these three choices. So, what is your favorite menu from a Padang restaurant? ♥

Ayam Bakar Padang - Padang Broiled Chicken
Ayam Bakar Padang - Padang Broiled Chicken

Ayam Bakar Padang - Padang Broiled Chicken

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 16

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  • 2 chicken, each cut into 8 pieces (I used 16 drumsticks)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 3 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 400 ml coconut milk (Indonesian: santan)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 100 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 5-10 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe keriting merah)
  • 2 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 2 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • 1 inch turmeric (Indonesian: kunyit)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed (Indonesian: adas manis)
  • 1 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, rub chicken with salt and lime juice. Set aside for 30 minutes, then rinse and dry.
  2. Heat oil and sauté spice paste until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add bay leaves, kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk, and the chicken. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer until the chicken are fully cooked and the sauce is slightly reduced.
  4. Turn off heat, strain the chicken, and set aside the sauce for basting.
  5. Preheat oven broiler to high for 3 minutes.
  6. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
  7. Transfer chicken to prepared tray and broil until the surface has charred, about 3-5 minutes each side. Baste the chicken with the sauce as needed.
  8. Serve immediately.
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  • anneke anneke says:

    Like it

  • Yunita Phillips Yunita Phillips says:

    Thank you for sharing the Ayam Bakar Padang recipe. I love to visit your website and I have tried some of your recipes.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thank you Yunita. I hope you will like this one as well. :)

  • Etta Etta says:

    Ayam Bakar Padang is in progress and smells fantastic. Thanks a lot for the recipe. Greetings from Austria

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Etta :) I bet the neighbors must be drooling.

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