Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Chicken Sambal

Once upon a time, an Indonesian friend of mine taught me this delicious Sambal ayam(chicken).
The recipe is like this:
4 pieces chicken thigh
4 tablespoon sambal olek ( it is like chili boh in US. This sambal olek is loaded with vinegar. So we must cook it for a long time to eliminate the sour taste and smell). You can add more of sambal olek if you like spicier.
1 medium red onion. Chopped it small
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 cup almond. Crush it or grind. If you have buah keras, it will be better to use for this recipe.
1 teaspoon belacan (shrimp paste)
1 tablespoon olive oil. You can use any cooking oil you prefer.
1 tablespoon sugar
May not need salt since belacan is salty.
1 cup water
On medium heat, add oil in the skillet. Brown onion and garlic. Add in chicken thigh and browm both sides. Cover your skillet. Then add sambal olek, belacan and ground almond. Add water and sugar. Taste the sambal to your liking. Cover the skillet and cook on low heat until chicken is cooked and the sambal thicken. Serve warm with white rice.


  1. I must try this recipe Zue. Kuah sambal ni merah ya. Pedas tak?

  2. Gert, this sambal is very hot. That is why I add sugar a bit. And yes, it has dark red color.