How to Cook Indonesian Ayam Bakar (Barbecue Chicken) – Asian BBQ Series

One feature of Indonesian cooking is that the chicken is commonly cooked in its marinade before it’s grilled or fried. This is a brilliant way to prevent under-cooking your chicken on the barbecue, and it also allows you to prepare a day or two in advance and keep the cooked chicken refrigerated until needed.


2 kg chicken pieces
3 Tbsps lemon juice
1 Tbsp salt
⅓ cup minced lemongrass
2 Tbsps kecap manis
½ tsp pepper
2 Tbsps sugar
1 Tbsp tamarind extract
250ml water
2 Tbsps oil

Paste –
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
2 cm ginger
2 cm galangal
2 chillies

To baste –
2 Tbsps oil
3 Tbsps kecap manis


  1. Combine paste ingredients and blend in a food processor.
  2. Transfer into a saucepan, add the rest of the marinade ingredients and simmer until chicken is cooked.
  3. Leave chicken to marinate a further 3 hours.
  4. Grill on medium heat for 10 minutes, basting with oil first, then kecap manis.
  5. Remove and serve.

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