Ayam Rica Rica - Manado Chicken with Chili Sauce

4.9 from 12 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 8


  • 1 chicken (about 1.5 kilogram/3.3 lb.), cut into 8 pieces (or use drumsticks, thighs, quarters, e.t.c.)
  • 3 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 10 red fresno chili (Indonesian: cabe merah besar/keriting), seeded
  • 10 red bird-eye chili (Indonesian: cabe merah rawit), seeded (optional, or use according to the level of spiciness you can tolerate)
  • 100 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 6 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 2 inches ginger (Indonesian: jahe)


  1. Heat 5 tablespoons of cooking oil in a frying pan, stir fry the spice paste until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, salt, and sugar and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken pieces and mix well. Cover the pan with a lid and let cook undisturbed for 20 minutes on medium heat, or until chicken is fully cooked and tender. Serve with a bowl of steaming white rice.

Another great recipe by https://dailycookingquest.com.