Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chicken in Soy Sauce (Ayam Masak Kicap)

I bought some chicken thighs over the weekend and decided to cook this delicious chicken in dark soy sauce. In my kampung language we call this dish Ayam Masak Kicap.

First and foremost step in this process is to clean the fat off from the chicken, wash it and drain. Then sprinkle with enough salt on all sides of the chicken together with turmeric.

Deep fry the marinated chicken until golden brown or cook.
While the chicken is frying in the frying pot, prepare the ingredients; Garlic is missing from the picture. What you need are:
1 medium size onion. Cut half. One part you dice and another part just slice it.
1 stick cinnamon
2 star anise
3 pieces cardamon
5 cloves
2 inches ginger (Slice them)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon sambal olek (blended hot red chillies)
2 tablespoon Hoisin Dark Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon thin soy sauce
1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
olive oil
salt to taste

In a big skillet, heat olive oil. Sautee diced onion , garlic, ginger, cardamon, start anise, cloves, cinnamon stick until brown and aromatic. Add sambal olek.
Then add fried chicken. Quickly coat the chicken with the spices. Add half cup water. Then add all the soy sauces. Finally, add the slices onion and salt to taste.

Serve this dish warm with white rice.


  1. This looks delightful! I'd never get my husband to eat something he knew was deep-fried, but I'm wondering if I could maybe roast the chicken instead?

  2. Fearless kitchen, you can use roasted chicken but don't stir it too much in the soy sauce or the chicken will break. Actually you could pan fry your chicken with little oil if that is ok with your husband. As long as the chicken is cook first before you add it in the soy sauce then you will be fine. You don't want to cook the soy sauce too long or it will be bitter.I hope my response answered to your question.

  3. look really good,but I will tambak chili padi kasi pedas pedas when goreng wt rempah!..yum,makan with lot of rice!...now just imagine sudah drooling!!hahaha!

  4. I've never tried making chicken in soy sauce with cinnamon, star anise and your other spices. This is a great idea! I usually add bay leaves only. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Zuraida

    I also like putting star anise but I don't put cinnamon. I have to try your version next time. Thanks for sharing

  6. Beachlover, yes, you can add cili padi to give it a boost. That sambal olek is already hot for me.

  7. Ning, this recipe for ayam Kicap has been with me since I was small. I see my mom (may she rest in peace) use these spices everytime she cook her chicken in soy sauce. I could try with bay leave the next time I cook this. Thanks for your idea.

  8. Vg, thanks for stopping by in my site. Yes, I find the aroma from all these spices merry together. But my husband doesn't think the aroma from this cooking make him hungry like it did to me.

  9. never had this before, but it sure sounds good...star anise and cinnamon - my two favourite ingredients!

  10. Skinnymum, you must try this recipe. The aroma from cinnamon and star anise will remind you of nasi minyak.

  11. letak star anise and cinnamon bark dlm masak kicap memang power. harum aje bau dia kan? letih tengok makanan camni. semua nak. lol.

  12. Farina,layan meleleh air liur tengok gambar ajer la.

  13. hie zue..tks for visiting my site..yours look delish too...u kat negri omputih nie..ikut hubby ker..keje situ?..

  14. Zue, like everyone else I like this dish a lot but I never thought of putting cinnamon and star anise. Should do that the next time I cook this.

  15. suhana, I ikut suami dan juga bekerja di sini.

    Gert, ni namanya masakan kampong. You must try this.

  16. i made this for dinner last week, and it was so goooood, got the two thumbs up from David and the girls- so proud of myself! thanks for making me feel like a super chef.

  17. skinnymum, bravo!!! I am glad your cooking turn out good.

  18. thanks for the recipe. I tried it today it turn out very good. What i did differently is fried and set aside about 1/4 cup of cashew nuts and use the remaining oil to stir fry the ingredient and then sprinkle the fried cashew over the dish when serve.