Ayam Penyet Pedas (Indonesian Spicy Penyet Chicken)


Ayam Penyet (Penyet Chicken) is an incredibly spicy Indonesian dish that will make your tongue feel like burning... you will need to go to a special Asian grocery store to get some of the ingredients.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs
2 servings


  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled, divided

  • 3 shallots, divided

  • 1 ½ inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped

  • 1 ½ inch piece galangal, thinly sliced

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided

  • 4 chicken thighs

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 2 salam leaves (substitute with curry leaves)

  • 3 teaspoons oil, divided, or as needed

  • ½ tomato

  • 11 fresh red chile pepper, finely chopped

  • 4 tablespoons key lime juice, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 bunch lemon basil (kemangi)


  1. Combine garlic, 1 shallot, ginger, galangal, coriander, and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt in a mortar and pestle; pound into a paste.

  2. Combine chicken with the garlic paste, water, and salam leaves in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet. Once the chicken is fully boiled, fry the chicken in the skillet until it's golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. For the sambal (chili sauce) heat 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook remaining 2 shallots, tomato, and red chiles for 2 minutes. Move to a mortar and pestle and add lime juice, shrimp paste, 1/2 teaspoon salt, sugar, and lemon basil. Pound everything into a paste.

  5. Place the sambal (chile sauce) at the bottom of a serving plate and place the chicken on top of the dish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

558 Calories
27g Fat
46g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 558
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 2459mg 107%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 386mg 1,929%
Calcium 206mg 16%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 1572mg 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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