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Ayam Suwir Santan - Shredded Chicken in Coconut Milk

If you have ever tried nasi liwet from Solo, you know that ayam suwir santan is one of the absolute must have sides in the nasi liwet combo. Other must have sides include telur pindang, telur areh, and labu siam tumis. Just as the rest of the sides, you can prepare this as a stand alone dish to be eaten with steamed rice, or you can go all out and prepare the whole set along with the nasi liwet to make a nasi liwet combo :)

Ayam Suwir Santan - Shredded Chicken in Coconut Milk

Ayam Suwir Santan - Shredded Chicken in Coconut Milk

Ayam Suwir Santan - Shredded Chicken in Coconut Milk



Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Total Time: 55 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into thin slices
  • 200 ml coconut milk from canned coconut milk
  • 300 ml water
  • 3 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 teaspoon palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (Indonesian: bubuk ketumbar)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 75 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 2 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 2 candle nuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), white parts from lower 3 inches of lemongrass stalk (*)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)


  1. Place all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil, cover the pot with a lid, then simmer until the chicken are fully cooked, about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the chicken from the broth, when it is slightly cool, tear/shred into small pieces.
  3. Strain the broth to get a clear soup, then reheat the strained broth. Serve the shredded the chicken together with the broth.


  • (*) Don't discard the top parts, put them into the pot with the rest of the ingredients


  • Bruce says:

    What's a good substitute for candle nut? I thinking macadamia or cashew.

    • Anita says:

      The more common one we use is macadamia, but I think cashew is also not a bad idea.

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