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Semur Ayam - Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce

Indonesian semur ayam is a delicious way to prepare bone-in chicken pieces and potatoes in a blend of spices, nutmeg, and kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).

Semur ayam is a chicken and potato dish stewed in spices, nutmeg, and kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce). The taste is very bold, the chicken and potatoes tender and succulent, and you will want to mop up all the sauce with a big bowl of steamed white rice. This delicious dish is very easy to prepare and you will want to put this in your meal rotation! ♥

Ingredients to Prepare Indonesian Semur Ayam (Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce).

What you need to prepare Indonesian semur ayam

Most Indonesians will prefer to use bone-in chicken pieces to prepare semur ayam, but boneless skinless meat can also be used for a fuss-free experience. Aside from chicken, you will need the following to prepare Indonesian semur ayam:

  • lemongrass, bruised and knotted, or cut one into 2
  • potatoes
  • kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • ground nutmeg
  • shallot
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • salt
  • sugar
  • pepper

Indonesian Semur Ayam - Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce.

How to cook Indonesian semur ayam

Cooking semur ayam is very easy and straightforward, consisting of only two steps:

  1. Heat oil in a pot and fry spice paste (ground shallot, garlic, and ginger) and lemongrass until fragrant, then add chicken pieces and stir until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Add potatoes, water, kecap manis, salt, sugar, nutmeg, and pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until both the chicken pieces and potatoes are tender.

That’s it! And you can serve them as is, or with some sprinkling of deep fried shallot flakes (a.k.a. Indonesian bawang goreng). Serve semur ayam with some steamed white rice for a satisfying meal.

Indonesian Semur Ayam - Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce.

Originally published on December 24, 2013. Updated on August 21, 2019 with new photos.

Semur Ayam - Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce


5.0 from 3 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pot and sauté spice paste and lemongrass until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add chicken pieces and stir until well coated with the spice and no longer pink.
  3. Add potatoes, water, sweet soy sauce, salt, sugar, nutmeg, and white pepper into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken and potatoes are cooked and tender, about 30 minutes. Adjust with salt and sugar as needed.
  4. Turn off heat. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with with shallot flakes and served immediately with steamed white rice.

Comments

  • Tarek Obaid says:

    bookmarked!!, I like your blog!

  • Yudhi says:

    Thanks Anita, all my family liked.This one beat my old recipe

    • Anita says:

      You are welcome Yudhi :)

  • Brett says:

    Noticed this recipe doesn't include candle nut, might give it a try though, thanks Anita!

    • Anita says:

      Good idea Brett, especially for those who love thicker sauce :)

  • Christina Narendra says:

    I always go to your website first for Indonesian recipes. This is delicious. I substituted tofu for chicken for this one. Thanks as always and regards from Southern California.

    • Anita says:

      Thanks for the lovely comment Christina. Good idea with the tofu sub! You can also use hard-boiled eggs and make semur telur. :)

  • Silvia Koningin says:

    Anita, this recipe is delicious! My family loves it!

    • Anita says:

      Thanks for sharing Silvia! I am always happy to know that others like my recipe. :)

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