Recipe Sour and Spicy Chicken

Garang Asem Ayam is a traditional Indonesian dish bursting with flavors of sourness and spiciness. It's a delightful combination of tender chicken cooked in a tangy broth infused with aromatic spices. Here's how you can make this savory dish at home:


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 red chilies, sliced
  • 2 green chilies, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Water


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add minced garlic and shallots, sauté until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken pieces to the pot and cook until they turn golden brown.
  3. Pour in enough water to cover the chicken. Add chopped tomatoes, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, bay leaves, red chilies, green chilies, and tamarind paste.
  4. Stir well and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the chicken is tender and the flavors meld together.
  5. Add palm sugar and salt to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  6. Serve hot with steamed rice.


  • Adjust the amount of chilies according to your spice preference. You can deseed the chilies for a milder taste.
  • Marinating the chicken in tamarind paste for a few hours beforehand can enhance the flavor.
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can simmer the dish for a longer time until the sauce reduces.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro or fried shallots for an extra burst of flavor and texture.


  • Substitute chicken with fish or tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Add vegetables like okra, eggplant, or green beans for a nutritious twist.
  • Experiment with different types of souring agents such as lime juice or vinegar if tamarind paste is not available.


The calorie content of Garang Asem Ayam can vary depending on factors like portion size, ingredients used, and cooking methods. On average, one serving of Garang Asem Ayam contains approximately 300-400 calories.


Garang Asem Ayam is a delightful Indonesian dish that tantalizes the taste buds with its unique blend of sour and spicy flavors. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can recreate this traditional dish in your own kitchen. Whether you're a fan of spicy food or looking to explore Indonesian cuisine, Garang Asem Ayam is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave you craving for more.


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