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Ayam Goreng Rica-Rica – Tomato & Chili Fried Chicken Recipe

Rica-rica is a famous spicy sauce used widely in Manado cuisine from the province of North Sulawesi in Indonesia. The first time I tried this sauce in a Manado restaurant, my tongue went numb and my eyes couldn’t stop tearing. I even ended up with a stomach upset from all the chilies. But don’t worry. This recipe for ayam goreng rica-rica – tomato & chili fried chicken is a tone down version from the original. Trust me, you need to build up your body tolerance before trying an authentic rica-rica!

Ayam Goreng Rica-Rica – Tomato & Chili Fried Chicken

Rica-rica sauce

The most obvious thing that will jump up when you encounter a true rica-rica dish is the absurdly insane amount of Thai bird eye chilies that greet your eyes. A super authentic recipe commonly calls for something in the order of 20-30 chilies! I’m going to chicken out and use only 2 in this recipe. To make up for the lack of red color from using only 2 chilies, I am compensating with 3 tomatoes, otherwise the color will be super off. You will also need shallot, garlic, scallions, salt, and sugar. If you wish, you can also add a lemongrass and a couple of kaffir lime leaves, but the dish is more than acceptable even without these two ingredients.

Ayam Goreng Rica-Rica - Tomato & Chili Fried Chicken

Ayam Goreng Rica-Rica – Tomato & Chili Fried Chicken

Fried chicken, two versions

This is at least my 10th post using the same fried chicken recipe. If you follow my recipes, you probably have memorized it by heart 🙂 As always, I prefer deep frying the chicken strips. But if you really must use oven, please refer to my orange hoisin chicken stir fry recipe to oven “fry” chicken strips.

Ayam Goreng Rica-Rica - Tomato & Chili Fried Chicken

Ayam Goreng Rica-Rica – Tomato & Chili Fried Chicken

The Recipe

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