Recipe: Grilled chicken with spicy sauce - Ayam bakar bumbu rujak

There are many ways to make grilled chicken. This Ayam Bakar Bumbu Rujak recipe is one of them. It's delicious and wonderfully goes with warm plain rice. If you don't like it too spicy, you can make it moderate spicy by using less chilli or you can substitute with paprika powder. Excellent meal for your lunch or dinner!

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 or 10 pieces
  • 500 cc coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetables oil
  • 1 stalk of fresh lemon grass (sereh)

Spice paste

  • 6 shallots or 1 medium red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 big red chillies, seeded
  • 2 bird’s eyes chillies (if you don't like it spicy, then skip this one)
  • 5 candlenuts
  • 1 cm ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt and sugar to taste


  1. Marinate the chicken with salt. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven at 180 C.
  3. Blend or grind the spice paste. Set aside.
  4. When the oven is ready, bake the chicken for 45 minutes. You can also grill the chicken over charcoal grill.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté the spice paste together with lemongrass until fragrant. Add the chicken, stirring well. Then add the coconut oil and continue cooking until the sauce is absorbed.

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