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Ayam Kecap Pedas - Chicken in Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce

Ayam kecap pedas is an Indonesian take on Chinese chicken in ginger and soy sauce. In this Indonesian version, the sauce is made with kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) and the spice paste is a mix of chili, ginger, shallot, garlic, and candlenut. The taste is distinctly Indonesian, and once reduced, the sauce gives a nice glossy glace to coat the chicken, and they are especially good eaten with steamed white rice. ♥

Ayam Kecap Pedas - Chicken in Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce
Ayam Kecap Pedas - Chicken in Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce

Ayam Kecap Pedas - Chicken in Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce

5.0 from 7 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

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  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 4 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 400 ml water
  • 1 red chili (Indonesian: cabe merah besar), sliced diagonally
  • 1 green chili (Indonesian: cabe hijau besar), sliced diagonally
  • Spice paste
  • 5 red chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 5 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 5 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 3 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and saute spice paste until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add chicken pieces and cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Season with sweet soy sauce, salt, and sugar. Stir to mix well.
  4. Pour water into the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes until chicken is cooked and tender.
  5. Remove the cover. Add half of the red chili and green chili, and continue cooking until the sauce is reduced and turns into a nice glace.
  6. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving plate and garnish with the remaining red chili and green chili. Serve with steamed white rice.
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  • Jilly Jilly says:

    What if I can't find candlenuts? Can I skip it altogether? It's hard to find kemiri here in Canada :(

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Jilly, you can substitute candlenuts with macadamia nuts. :)

  • Valentine Ginting Valentine Ginting says:

    Mbak, hari ini aku coba masakan ini... Enak :D

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thank you udah nyobain resepnya, Valentine :)

  • John Baglow John Baglow says:

    Lucky I checked the Indonesian names for the chillies. Could have set fire to myself if I'd used keriting in place of besar as indicated. But my goodness, what a fine dish. Will make it again. Local Chinatown grocer has candlenuts, as I'd hoped.

  • adeline lee adeline lee says:

    Good blog with easy to cook recipes.

  • Justin BERK Justin BERK says:

    How do I make the paste? How many macadamia nuts do I use?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Justin, I usually put all the spice paste ingredients in the spice attachment that comes with my blender, or my mini food processor (you can use regular size one too, of course), to grind the spice. Or, you can also use mortar and pestle if you have that. To substitute candle nuts with macademia nuts, I use a 1 to 1 substitution, so you will need to use 5 macadamia nuts for this recipe. Hope this helps :)

  • Henry Sim Henry Sim says:

    Would love to try this recipe... would removing the chili spoil the recipe, am looking to cook some for my kiddos. Great picture you got there!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hey, thanks for the compliment. I would suggest substituting the chilies with bell peppers so at least you get the chili pepper taste without the dish being too spicy for children.

      • Henry Sim Henry Sim says:

        Okie, thanks for your advice! Really appreciated it!

  • mandavi mandavi says:

    Very easy and tasty recipe thanks

  • Mom'S Kitchen Mom'S Kitchen says:

    trimakasih, ini resep yang lezat

  • Jhm Jhm says:

    I tried this without ginger and it's really good

  • Huub Segers Huub Segers says:

    Hi, really enjoy your Indonesian recipes! Could you help me with a recipe for Babi Kecap? Would be much appreciated!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Huub, I have a recipe for babi dan tahu kecap. I hope that's the one you are looking for.

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