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Steamed Chicken with Salted Soy Beans and Green Chilies

Simple and so tender, a more unusual approach to steaming chicken by using salted soy beans (Indonesian: tauco) and green chilies (Indonesian: cabe hijau besar). If hot and spicy food is more your thing, you can add a couple more green chilies, or even a bit of Thai chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit), and it will still be a great dish. ♥

Steamed Chicken with Salted Soy Beans and Green Chilies

Steamed Chicken with Salted Soy Beans and Green Chilies

Steamed Chicken with Salted Soy Beans and Green Chilies

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Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green chilies (Indonesian: cabe hijau besar), thinly sliced diagonally
  • 2 scallion, thinly sliced the white parts and cut into ribbons the green parts
  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon salted soy beans (Indonesian: tauco)
  • 1 tablespoon soy/peanut/canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together and rub the chicken pieces. Set aside to marinade for 10 minutes.
  2. Prepare a steamer.
  3. In a steam proof bowl/plate, scatter half of the ginger at the bottom, top with drumsticks (include all the marinating sauce), followed by the rest of the ginger, garlic, green chilies, and the white part of the scallions. Steam for 20 minutes.
  4. Garnish with green parts of the scallions, and serve hot with steamed white rice.


  • Lisa says:

    This looks so amazing, I will surely try it! In the west, we're now used to steaming veggies and dumplings, but steaming meat is something that is still uncommon, I think. I never trust cookbooks I can get here in Europe about asian cooking, because I find the recipes are still too complicated and restaurant style. Blogs from home cooks like you are my new favourite source of recipes. I love that you included the indonesian names, keep up the good work!

    • Anita says:

      Thanks Lisa for the lovely comment. My Mom used to give me her recipes with ingredient list in Indonesian (she still does that) and I had a terrible hard time trying to translate them all before I can even attempt to locate back when I was in the States :) I thought it might help others so they won't have to go through the same thing.

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