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Indonesian spicy chicken or we call it ayam rica-rica is savory and spicy chicken dishes from North Sulawesi. Hearty and satisfying meal who those love spicy foods.

Indonesian Spicy Chicken - Ayam Rica-rica

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, Indonesian, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 People


  • 500 g Chicken bone in and skin on
  • 1 small Lemon
  • 1 medium Tomato chopped
  • 2 stalks Lemongrass crushed
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • 2 Lime leaves thinly sliced
  • Salt and blackpepper

Spice Paste

  • 5 Large Red Chillies
  • 4 cm Ginger
  • 8 small Shallots
  • 4 cloves Garlic


  1. Clean the chicken. Marinate with 1 tsp salt and lemon juice. Let stand for 15 minutes.

  2. With food processor or pestle and mortar, grind spice paste ingredients until quite smooth.

  3. In a non stick pan sear the chicken with 1 tbsp oil over high heat for 5 minutes per side until the color is golden brown. Set aside.

  4. In a same pan sauté spice paste with 1 tbsp oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.

  5. Add the chicken, lemongrass, brown sugar, tomato, and water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes until all of the water almost evaporated.

  6. Remove from pan and garnish with lime leaves.

Recipe Notes

You can reduce or increase the amount of red chilli or discard the seeds. Adjust it to your taste