Ayam Penyet

Penyet simply means “smashed” or “flattened”, in this case “smashed chicken” is a very popular dish from Indonesia. There are quite a few popular restaurants in Singapore serving this, so why not try this in the comfort of your own home?
This may look like a simple chicken recipe, however there lies the complexity of cooking the meat with the right amount of galangal and lemongrass. Deep fried til’ perfection – the end result is pure bliss! In our recipe we’re making our own special sambal chili too, to pair up with this awesome meat dish.No we did NOT smash the chicken here, but you guys can do so if you’d like. 🙂
Serve with piping hot rice, and enjoy every mouthful of chicken goodness!

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4chicken thighs
1tbsp coriander seeds
1tbsp cumin seeds
3stalks lemongrass
1red onion (big)
6cloves garlic
15g turmeric
30g ginger
30g galangal
1litre water
4bay leaves
3tbsp orange sugar
2tbsp salt (adjust to taste)
200ml coconut milk
½tbsp white pepper
140g rice flour
2cups gravy
1tsp salt
2egg white
Serve with
2tau kwa cut into triangles (fried)
sliced cucumbers
sambal chili paste



Toast 1 tbsp coriander seeds with 1 tbsp cumin seeds
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Smash 3 stalks of lemongrass
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Cut 1 red onion and add to food processor with 6 cloves garlic, 15g tumeric, 30g ginger and 30g galangal
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Blend it slightly, then add mixture to 1 litre boiling water
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Add toasted coriander, cumin seeds, lemongrass, 4 bay leaves, 3 tbsp orange sugar, 2 tbsp salt (adjust to taste), 200ml coconut milk, and 1/2 tbsp white pepper
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Add 4 chicken thighs, cover and cook for 12 mins
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Remove chicken thighs and strain gravy
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Add strained ingredients to chicken thighs to marinate
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Let gravy cooldown to room temperature
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Add 140g rice flour to bowl with 2 cups of gravy
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Add 1 tsp salt, 2 egg whites
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Dip chicken in batter and deep fry till golden
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Dip tau kwa in batter and deep dry til golden
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Add 2 ladles of batter to oil to make fried crisp
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Serve with sliced cucumbers and sambal chili paste
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