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Ayam Cabai Hijau - Chicken with Jalapeno Chilies

Ayam cabai hijau is an easy sweet an spicy chicken recipe. I used cabe besar hijau (jalapeno chilies, or you can use anaheim chilies too) for this, which to Indonesian is not spicy at all :) For lovers of all thing spicy, try adding some cabe rawit (bird eye chilies) to suit your preference.

Ayam Cabai Hijau - Chicken with Jalapeno Chilies

Ayam Cabai Hijau - Chicken with Jalapeno Chilies

Ayam Cabai Hijau - Chicken with Jalapeno Chilies



Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

Serves: 8


  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 100 gram shallot, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 kilogram of chicken (about 8 pieces bone-in chicken)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas), bruised
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe), bruised
  • 2 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind + 2 tablespoon water, remove pits and pulps
  • 3 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 1 liter (4 cups) water
  • 15-20 green jalapeno chilies (Indonesian: cabe hijau besar), julienned


  1. Heat oil in a wok and sauté shallot and garlic until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and stir until the surface starts to change color.
  3. Add galangal, ginger, bay leaves, palm sugar, salt, tamarind solution, sweet soy sauce, and water.
  4. Bring to a boil, then cover the wok, lower the heat, and simmer until the chicken are fully cooked and the sauce has somewhat reduced.
  5. Remove the lid, add jalapeno chilies and cook until the chilies start to wilt.
  6. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve with steamed white rice.

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