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Ayam Bakar Semur - Broiled Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce

This is another version on the ever popular ayam semur, ayam bakar semur. The original version of ayam semur is full of sauce, but in this version, we cook until the sauce is almost gone and very thick, then transfer the chicken to be broiled, while basting it with the sauce. If you prefer, you can also grill the chicken instead of broiling.

Ayam Bakar Semur - Broiled Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce

Ayam Bakar Semur - Broiled Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce

Ayam Bakar Semur - Broiled Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 cloves (Indonesian: cengkeh)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (Indonesian: kayu manis)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin (Indonesian: jintan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (Indonesian: pala)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper (Indonesian: merica)
  • 10-12 pieces of chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 75 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 3 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 4 candlenuts

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a wok/frying pan, then saute spice paste, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon stick, cumin, nutmeg, and ground pepper until fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken drumsticks, and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add tomato wedges, and cook until wilted.
  4. Add water, salt, and sweet soy sauce. Stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the sauce becomes really thick and is almost gone.
  5. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Preheat broiler.
  6. Transfer the cooked chicken to the prepared baking tray and broil until slightly charred, basting with the thickened sauce. About 3-4 minutes per sides. Serve hot.

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