Singgang ayam

Singgang ayam

Spiced grilled chicken

By
From
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Serves
6-8
Photographer
Alan Benson

In this recipe, the chicken is split down the breast and flattened, then marinated and simmered in coconut milk, and finally barbecued or cooked under the griller. If you do not have a pan large enough to accommodate a spread-eagled chicken, then cut the bird in half.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1.5kg whole chicken
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove
3 fresh red chillies, seeded and chopped
or 1 1/2 teaspoons Sambal ulek
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 stem lemongrass, white part only
or 2 strips lemon zest
750ml coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 dried daun salam leaves
2 lime or lemon leaves

Method

  1. Split the chicken down the backbone and press down to flatten out the breastbone.
  2. Put the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger and lemon zest into a food processor with 2–3 tablespoons of the coconut milk and process to a smooth paste. Add the turmeric, pepper, coriander and salt and a spoonful more coconut milk if necessary and process again for a few seconds. Spread some of this spice paste over the chicken and let it marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Put the remaining spice mixture in a wok or large heavy-based frying pan with the daun salam leaves, lime leaves and remaining coconut milk and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Add the chicken and continue simmering, basting the chicken occasionally. Turn after 10 minutes and simmer until cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a roasting tin and cook over hot coals or under a preheated griller, a good distance away from the heat source, until the chicken is brown.
  4. Meanwhile, continue to simmer the sauce until it is thick. Serve a little sauce over the chicken and the rest on the side.
Tags:
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Charmaine
Solomon
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