Recipe: Ayam Panggang Klaten - Chicken in Aromatic Nut Sauce

A tasty chicken dish, Ayam Panggang Klaten, is originated from Kalasan, Central Java. It could be served with tempe & tahu bacem alongside, and perfectly accompanied by sambal trasi and fresh salads. The chicken is marinated in a special seasoning and subsequently roasted. The chicken is tender and juicy, with a slightly sweet flavour.

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes


  • 1 chicken
  • 8 tablespoons groundnut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon trassi
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 dessertspoon goela Djawa (gula Java)
  • 1½ cup coconut milk
  • pepper, salt & kecap manis


  • Blend the candlenut, shallots, garlic, cumin, coriander, sugar, salt, shrimp paste and ½ cup of the coconut milk to a smooth paste.
  • Broil the chicken for five minutes on each side.
  • Put the spice paste in a wok or large frying pan, and add the balance of the coconut milk, the jeruk purut, salam and laos.
  • Bring to a boil, add the chicken and cook in the sauce for twenty minutes, basting frequently. When done, the sauce will have almost completely evaporated.
  • Return the chicken, skin side up, and the balance of tile sauce to the broiler and broil for ten minutes, or until the chicken is brown and crispy. Serve hot.

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