Semur Ayam – 印尼甜酱鸡

A very simple home cooked dish to make yet tastes so flavourful. Semur Ayam is a stewed chicken dish that is sweet and savoury, mainly from the kecap manis. Together with fragrance from lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and bay leaves creates a flavourful saucy stew that we all would die to come home to.

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  • Servings: 4 pax

  • Time: 40 min

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 4 candle nuts

  2. 3 garlic cloves

  3. 7 shallots

  4. ½ tsp coriander powder

  5. 7 grams of ginger

  6. 12 chicken mid wings

  7. 4 tbsp kecap manis

  8. 1 stalk of lemongrass

  9. 3 bay leaves

  10. 2 kaffir lime leaves

  11. 1 tbsp salt

  12. 1 tbsp white pepper

  13. 4 tbsp of cooking oil


  1. Blend ingredients for paste in a blender.

  2. Heat 4 tbsp of cooking oil in a pan at medium high heat.

  3. Add in paste and stir fry until fragrant.

  4. Add lemon grass, bay leaves and lime leaves, stir fry and add kecap manis.

  5. Add in chicken and turn on to high heat. Brown chicken skin side down.

  6. Add salt, pepper and 150ml of warm water.

  7. Cover and turn heat down to medium. Simmer for 20 minutes until liquid is halved.

  8. Plate and serve.

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