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

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 8


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 whole 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 and/or thighs
  • 1 tomato (60 gram / 2 oz), 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
  • 100 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 4 candlenuts


  1. Braise the chicken: Heat oil in a wok over medium heat and sauté spice paste, Indonesian bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, nutmeg, and white pepper until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken pieces and fry until no longer pink. Then, add tomatoes and stir until they start to wilt.
  3. Stir in salt, Indonesian sweet soy sauce, and salt. Once it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the chicken is cook and tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Basting sauce: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, remove the chicken from the wok and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Turn the heat to medium-high and continue cooking the sauce until it thickens into a basting sauce consistency. It should look like a barbeque sauce. Turn off the heat, and strain to get a smooth sauce.
  6. Broil the chicken: Preheat the oven broiler.
  7. Brush the chicken with basting sauce and broil until they are slightly charred. It should take about 4-5 minutes per side.
  8. Serve: Serve the chicken immediately with steamed white rice and any remaining basting sauce.

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