Ayam Percik



Malaysian spicy grilled chicken

Ayam Percik
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 300g
  • Calories: 414
  • Fat: 30 grams
  • Saturated fat: 7 grams
  • Unsaturated fat: 12 grams
  • Trans fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 20 grams
  • Sugar: 9 grams
  • Sodium: 780 mg
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Protein: 19 grams
Recipe type: Grilled chicken
Cuisine: Malaysian
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Ajam Persik is a great tasting chicken dish from Malaysia. While this recipe calls for the dish to be cooked in the oven,. in Malaysia, you will find street vendors barbequing it. Either way it is really good eating. Serve it with the blue rice salad Nasi Kerabu for an authentic Malaysian eating experience.
Ayam Percik ( spiced chicken with coconut milk)
  • Chicken – four thighs ( or breast fillets)
  • Onion – 100 grams
  • Ginger - one inch
  • Garlic –four to five cloves
  • Turmeric powder – one teaspoon
  • Salt– one teaspoon
  • Sugar – two teaspoons
  • Coriander seeds – one teaspoon
  • Fennel – one teaspoon
  • A bit of water
Percik sauce
  • Onion - 100 grams
  • Garlic- four to five cloves
  • Ginger – one tablespoon
  • Lemongrass – three stalks
  • Candlenut – five to six ( see note )
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil – ¼ cup
  • Sambal Oelek – four tablespoons
  • Tamarind paste – one teaspoon
  • Brown sugar – one tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut milk – 250 grams
Preparation the day before
  1. Peel and chop a medium onion
  2. Remove the outer layer of three stalks of lemongrass. Chop into inch pieces
  3. Peel and chop five cloves of garlic.
  4. Place all of the above into a grinder together with one teaspoon of salt, two teaspoons of sugar, one teaspoon of turmeric, one teaspoon of coriander seeds, one teaspoon of fennel seed and about half a cup of water.
  5. Blitz all of these ingredients into a fine paste.
  6. Make gashes into the chicken legs about half an inch deep. Place in a shallow dish
  7. Pour the marinade over the chicken and seal with clingfilm. Place in the refrigerator. Refrigerate overnight
For the base of the Percik sauce
  1. Peel and coarsely chop one medium onion
  2. Remove the outer layer of three stalks of lemongrass.
  3. Cut off the root area and top of the lemongrass. Cut the white inner stalks into one-inch pieces
  4. Place the chopped onion and lemongrass into a grinder.
  5. Add one tablespoon of ginger paste, the nuts ( see note) and a little water.
  6. Grind to a coarse paste
  7. Pour into a jar. Cover with clingfilm and place into the refrigerator. Refrigerate overnight
The next day
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Remove the chicken from the fridge. Place on a baking sheet and spoon the remaining marinade over the pieces.
  3. Place the chicken in the oven for thirty-five minutes.
  4. In the meantime, heat a quarter of a cup of vegetable oil to medium heat. Remove the base for the Percik sauce from the refrigerator and sauté in the heated oil for about five minutes.
  5. Now add two hundred and fifty millilitres of coconut cream. Mix well
  6. Add four tablespoons of Sambal Oelek. Simmer gently for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then add one teaspoon of tamarind paste and one tablespoon of sugar.
  7. Remove the chicken from the oven
  8. Spoon the Percik sauce over the chicken. (keep about a quarter in reserve for later) Turn up the temperature to 220 degrees Celsius. Grill until the chicken starts getting a slightly char-grilled appearance. Remove from the oven
  9. Spoon the remaining Percik sauce over the chicken and serve
If you cannot find candlenuts use macadamia or cashew nuts.

This dish it outstanding when barbequed. Serve it with Nasi Kerabu ( Malaysian blue rice salad)

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