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Ayam Panggang Mesanten (Grilled Chicken with Coconut Milk) Recipe

Serves 4

A recipe from the Padang and the Mentawai Islands.


  • 2 lb chicken
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tsp dried shrimp paste
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 chilies, red, fresh
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 1 tbsp juice, lime
  • 1 chilies, red, fresh


1. Dried shrimp paste is also called terasi.
2. Seed and shred the chilies.
3. Crush lemon grass with side of cleaver.
4. Cut chicken in half.
5. Wash and pat dry.
6. Rub with salt and oil.
7. Grill over hot coals about 10-15 minutes each side, until done.
8. Slice chicken into bite-sized pieces.
9. Wrap shrimp paste in foil and toast each side over moderate heat about 2 minutes.
10. Pound shallots, garlic, chilies, and toasted shrimp paste into a paste.
11. Heat oil in frying pan.
12. Add paste and fry on moderate heat, stirring, for about 4-5 minutes, or until dry, do not burn.
13. Add coconut milk gradually, stirring after each addition.
14. Add bay leaves and lemon grass.
15. Bring to a boil.
16. Simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
17. Add lime juice. Stir.
18. Add cooked chicken and reheat in sauce.
19. Garnish with the shredded chilie.
20. Serve with rice and Sambal Ulek.


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Main Ingredient:Meat and Poultry / Chicken
Nut / Coconut
Course:Main Dish
Cuisine:Asian / Indonesian
Preparation Method:Fry

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