Ayam Pangang Sulawesi

My Oma has always made a dish she calls “Ayam Pangang” which is translated as Roasted Chicken.  In her recipe the chicken is smothered in sambal oeleck, lemon, onions, etc.  The way I learn to cook Indonesian food is by cooking WITH my Oma as all her recipes are in her head.  I have not cooked this dish with her yet so I tried to find one online and this was the closest I could find.  It is definitely different that what she makes as it is simmered in a coconut marinade and then grilled.  It was absolutely delicious, the whole family enjoyed it and it was a great way to kick off grilling season!  Here is the recipe adapted from Rasa Malaysia:

8 shallots, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tbsp sambal oeleck (more or less to your liking of spiciness)

1 green pepper, chopped

6 unsalted macadamia nuts

1 knuckle sized piece of ginger, peeled and chopped

4 tbsp peanut oil

2 tsp tumeric

2 stalked lemongrass, cut into 2 inch long pieces

3 tbsp fresh lime juice

1 1/2 cup (one can) coconut milk

pinch of salt and pepper

cut up chicken

Put shallots, garlic, sambal, tumeric, macadamia nuts, green pepper and ginger in a food processer and pulse until you have a smooth paste.

Add the paste to the peanut oil in a large, non stick pan over medium low heat.  The paste should start to sizzle.  Cook about 5 minutes, stirring.  Add the lemongrass and saute about 3 minutes and enjoy the wonderful lemony aroma.  Squeeze in some fresh lime juice.

Add the coconut milk, salt and pepper and stir until all the ingredients come together.  Turn heat up to med high and let the sauce come to a simmer, about 10 minutes.

Wash chicken and prick with fork.  Add the chicken to the simmer sauce and stir a few times, making sure all the chicken is completely doused in the sauce.  Cook until almost done, about 30 minutes, stirring every couple minutes.  Cook on a soft simmer on med low.

After simmering 30 minutes, throw your chicken on the bbq only about 5 min per side, to get those nice grill marks on it.  Now enjoy!  This pairs nicely with Nasi Kuning, a fresh cucumber salad, and a Racer 5!

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