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Ayam Goreng Mentega - Fried Chicken in Buttery Sweet Soy Sauce

My easy recipe will give you a juicy, tender fried chicken, coated in buttery kecap manis glaze. You will understand why this is Indonesia's top favorite food.
Ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce), cooked in a wok.

Ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce), cooked in a wok.

What’s your childhood favorite food? To most Indonesian around my age, ahem, the top spot is probably reserved for ayam goreng mentega - fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce.

Crispy fried chicken pieces, coated with sweet sticky buttery sauce that is finger licking good, you just know you are in for a good time with this dish. Just give me this and a bowl of rice and I won’t need anything else for a great meal.

Ingredients for ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce): chicken thigh, lime juice, garlic, onion, butter, kecap manis, Worcestershire sauce, all-purpose flour, tapioca starch, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Ingredients for ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce): chicken thigh, lime juice, garlic, onion, butter, kecap manis, Worcestershire sauce, all-purpose flour, tapioca starch, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Ingredients to prepare ayam goreng mentega

There are two parts to this lovely dish, ayam goreng (fried chicken), and saus mentega (buttery sweet soy sauce). And we will go through what ingredients are needed for each part.

I. Fried chicken

We will need boneless skinless chicken thigh, garlic, lime juice, all-purpose flour, tapioca starch (or cornstarch), salt, pepper, and oil.

II. Buttery sweet soy sauce

We will need unsalted butter, onion, garlic, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), Worcestershire sauce, salt, sugar, and pepper.

Pieces of chicken thighs that have been marinated and coated with seasoning, ready for deep-frying.

Pieces of chicken thighs that have been marinated and coated with seasoning, ready for deep-frying.

Part I: Frying chicken

1. Marinate the chicken

Mix together chicken thigh pieces with bruised garlic, lime juice, and salt. Set aside to rest for 15 minutes.

2. Coat the chicken

Whisk together all-purpose flour, tapioca starch, and salt. Toss the chicken into the flour mixture to fully coat. There shouldn’t be any standing liquid at all at this point.

3. Fry the chicken

Heat enough oil in a wok/pot for deep-frying. Once the oil is hot enough (it should looks shimmering and runnier), add the coated chicken pieces, in batches if needed, and fry until golden brown. Set aside over a wire rack while we prepare the sauce.

Ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce), served on a serving plate.

Ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce), served on a serving plate.

Part II: Preparing the sauce

First, melt butter in a wok over medium high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until fragrant and onion is translucent.

Next, season with salt, ground pepper, sugar, and mix well.

Then add kecap manis and Worcestershire sauce, mix and wait until the sauce bubbles.

Quickly return fried chicken pieces into the wok and toss gently to coat with sauce.

Turn off the heat, and transfer to a serving plate. Serve immediately with steamed white rice.

Ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce), served on a serving plate.

Ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce), served on a serving plate.

Using whole chicken vs. boneless skinless chicken thigh

Those who are familiar with this dish will know that almost all restaurants that serve this dish use one whole chicken cut into roughly 20 pieces of chicken, with skin and bone intact.

If you have a friendly butcher that is willing to help you chop up your chicken, by all mean do give the traditional method a try since the bone and the skin does improve the dish, but be ready to get messy comes chow time.

For everyone else, I guarantee that using skinless boneless chicken thigh is delicious enough without taking away too many points from the traditional method.

Ayam Goreng Mentega - Fried Chicken in Buttery Sweet Soy Sauce

Ayam Goreng Mentega - Fried Chicken in Buttery Sweet Soy Sauce

Ayam Goreng Mentega - Fried Chicken in Buttery Sweet Soy Sauce

5.0 from 10 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • Fried chicken
  • 600 gram boneless skinless chicken thigh, cut into strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, bruised
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 100 gram all purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon tapioca starch (or corn starch)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper (or ground black pepper)
  • enough oil for deep frying
  • Buttery sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 onion (~200 gram), thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon Indonesian sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Fried chicken
    1. Mix together chicken with bruised garlic, lime juice, and salt. Then let rest for 15 minutes.
    2. Whisk together all purpose flour, tapioca starch, and salt. Toss the chicken into flour mixture to fully coat. There shouldn't be any standing liquid at all at this point.
    3. Heat enough oil in a wok/pot for deep frying. Once the oil is hot enough (it should looks shimmering and runnier), add the coated chicken pieces, in batches if needed, and fry until golden brown. Set aside over a wire rack while we prepare the sauce.
  • Buttery sweet soy sauce
    1. Melt butter in a frying pan over medium high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until fragrant and onion is translucent.
    2. Season with salt, ground pepper, and sugar. Mix well.
    3. Add Indonesian sweet soy sauce and worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
    4. Once the sauce bubbles, quickly return fried chicken pieces to the frying pan and toss gently to coat.
    5. Turn off the heat, and transfer to a serving plate. Serve immediately with steamed white rice.
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Comments

  • beritainfo beritainfo says:

    wah makasih banyak mbak resepnya, makan ini nih yg sering ngabisin nasi

    • Anita Anita says:

      Iya banget :)

  • Andrea Andrea says:

    Hi kak, i've been following your website for quite a while now. I am a student and been trying out several of your recipes. Can you please share affordable, healthy recipes for student/ anak kos? That would be so helpful

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Andrea, thanks for trying out my recipes. Most of my recipes should be pretty affordable, even by student standard :) If you stick to my tofu/chicken/vegetarian dishes, those should be very affordable, healthy, and hopefully quite easy to prepare even in a super minimalist kitchen. Some of my suggestions: - steamed tofu - simple braised tofu - mun tahu - semur ayam - ayam sisit - opor ayam

  • Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This was soooo good, will definitely make more of this in the future!

    • Anita Anita says:

      It's a favorite in my home too Jennifer. I'm so glad you like it :)

  • Dewi Paramita Dewi Paramita says:

    tried and love it! :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Yay, glad you love it, Dewi. :)

  • Savitri Savitri says:

    Hi Mba Anita, saya sudah recook resep ini dan enak banget! Makasih sudah share resepnya yaaa.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Sama-sama, Savitri. Happy deh udah coba di recook lagi, dan hasilnya enak dan memuaskan. :)

  • Tania Tania says:

    My mom suggested that I made this dish, and she dictated a very rough recipe to me as most Indonesian moms would. Since it was my first time making it, I came here and followed your recipe. It came out great! The amount of butter scared me a little but it's so fragrant, so worth it! Thanks for sharing the recipe 😄

  • Sandhya Hariharan Sandhya Hariharan says:

    Sweet Buttey Soy Sauce sounds delicious. I am going to try this sauce soon.

  • Sally Sally says:

    Love trying new international dishes! I wouldn't have thought this recipe would be so easy, but your detailed instructions were a huge help! Delicious for the whole family!

  • David Stephens David Stephens says:

    Yum, this is definitely my kind of food!

  • Carrie Robinson Carrie Robinson says:

    That sauce looks and sounds so good! Yum! :)

  • Irina Irina says:

    Well, I cannot hold myself: I am mouthwatering looking at your pictures. Love this chicken meal: something new for me to try. Juicy, tasty and delicious.

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