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Ayam Percik

Grilled chicken with blended spices.
Cuisine: local
Keyword: blended, brown rice, chicken, chicken thigh, gravy, grilled, percik, pickle, spice paste, spices


  • 2 chicken thighs Maryland
  • 3 cardamons
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 150 ml water
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste dissolved with
  • some water remove seeds
  • White Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Lime wedges optional
  • Coriander for garnish

Spice paste

  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 6 shallots
  • 1 1/2 thumb-sized ginger
  • 2 fresh chillies seeds removed
  • 5 dried chillies soaked, seeds removed
  • 3 stalks lemongrass the ends only
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • A bunch of spring onion stalks optional, I just had them lying around and tossed it in the mix
  • 200 ml coconut milk


  • Prep all ingredients for spice paste and blend with coconut milk.
  • Place chicken in a large zip lock bag, pour in the blended paste, rub it all over the chicken and leave it to marinade overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  • Heat a large wok and tip the chicken with marinade and all into the wok. Add water, cardamon pods, cloves and lemongrass-smashed at the root.
  • Let it come to a simmer in medium heat. When the gravy starts to 'spit', cover with lid and let it simmer for half-hour, turning it to the other side every 10 mins.
  • Before the last 10 mins, add the 100 ml coconut milk and tamarind. Taste and add white pepper and salt (if needed).
  • Close lid and let it simmer again. This time, turn on your oven to full, 250C with the top grill on.
  • Pick up the chicken with tongs carefully, place it on a tray with a roasting rack. Put aluminum foil underneath the rack to catch the drippings.
  • Pour more of the gravy on top of the chicken to coat it. Grill it for about 3-4 minutes on top side and 2-3 mins on bottom. Don't take your eyes of it, it could easily burn.
  • As soon as you get a nice char, take it out of the oven.
  • Serve with cooked rice, some pickled vegetables and lime wedges on the side.
  • Spoon the gravy onto a bowl if you want extra gravy.