Did you guys watch Man vs Bee on Netflix? I saw the first episode with my niece and initiallly we found it full of cringe. Somehow we ended up watching the rest of the series. It is that kinda movie where you just watch and not think too much as it makes very little sense. Haha. Only someone like Rowan Atkinson can pull off such a character. You know how that man has the ability to make you laugh out loud and at the same time shake your head in disbelief. I mean he was literally at war with a bee for 9 episodes!! Who in the right mind would burn down a mansion over a BEE? I mean even if a dinosaur were to enter my mansion, hell I’m not burning it down!
Anyways, today’s dish aka Delicious Stove top Ayam Percik may sound alien to some of you. Ok, so what exactly is Ayam Percik? Well, ayam = chicken and percik = splash. So, the literal english translation for this dish would be “Splash chicken.” Uncanny translated name I know, however, tastewise it is definitely far from weird cause this is delicious!! Actually, ayam percik is a well-loved grilled chicken that originates from Malaysia. It is marinated in flavorful spices like chilies, turmeric, coriander, lemongrass etc. In addition to that, coconut milk, coconut sugar & tamarind are also used. Yup, creamy, sweet with a little tang all at once!
Even though there are a number of variations of an ayam percik, however, most would start by simmering the chicken in some spices before grilling it. The classic way is to grill it over charcoal but how many of us have time for classics? So, alternatively you can grill it either in the oven or like in this case, in a pan over the stove top. Easy peasy.
This recipe does not use any nuts, but peanuts are popular in ayam percik. You basically coat the grilled chicken with peanut sauce that tastes pretty much like a satay sauce. If you prefer to have some peanuts in the sauce, You can still use this recipe. Just roast/pan fry about 2/3 cup of peanuts, grind it for a bit and add it to the sauce!
I skewered the chicken on some satay sticks but feel free to omit that step. I was just trying to be a little fancy. If you enjoy a good grilled chicken, do give this Delicious Stovetop Ayam Percik recipe a try. The chicken was absolutely tender and so flavourful as the sauce caramelizes and coats the chicken. So good!! This ayam percik pairs beautifully with my Easy Oven Baked Lemang
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- 1 kg chicken wings
- 500ml coconut milk
- 2 lemongrass, bruised
- 2 Tbsp tamarind juice
- 1.5 Tbsp coconut sugar
- Salt to season
- 15 dried chilies
- 1 large onion
- 7 cloves garlic
- 2 lemongrass
- 2-cm ginger
- 2-cm galangal
- 1 flat tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- In a frying pan, add the blended ingredients and lemongrass and saute for 10 minutes.
- Add coconut milk, salt, coconut sugar and tamarind juice and continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
- Add the chicken, mix well and cover till the chicken is cooked for about 20-25 minutes.
- Once the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken from the sauce and continue cooking the sauce till it thickens.
- You can skewer the chicken through some satay sticks if you prefer. This is an optional step though.
- Lightly brush a grill pan with some oil and grill the chicken. Keep basting the chicken with the reduced sauce.
- The chicken is ready once it is slightly charred.