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Ayam Suwir Tauco Pedas – Spicy Soy Bean Shredded Chicken Recipe

Ayam suwir (shredded chicken) is one of Indonesian favorite comfort food. The idea is to poach one whole chicken, or in the US, just a pair of chicken breasts since the chicken in US is humongous compared to the one back home. Then, the chicken meat is shredded and cook further in a myriad way. Today, I am going to share this easy ayam suwir tauco pedas – spicy soy bean shredded chicken recipe with you.

Ayam Suwir Tauco Pedas – Spicy Soy Bean Shredded Chicken

Let’s Get Cooking

Once you have your poached chicken, the rest is a simple stir frying job.

First, sauté the aromatics (shallot, garlic, daun salam, and galangal) over medium high heat.

Next, add chilies, tauco, shredded chicken, all the seasonings and water/stock. Simply cook until liquid is almost dry and you have yourself an ayam suwir dish.

If you want an even easier approach, get a rotisserie chicken, and use that instead of poached chicken. The rotisserie trick makes this simple dish even simpler, and to be honest, the taste is even better.

Ayam Suwir Tauco Pedas - Spicy Soy Bean Shredded Chicken

Ayam Suwir Tauco Pedas – Spicy Soy Bean Shredded Chicken

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Ayam Suwir Saus Empal – Chicken in Spices & Coconut Milk Sauce Recipe

Empal is a very popular Javanese dish, typically made from thinly pounded beef shank, cooked in spices, and finally fried. It can be a pretty laborious dish, and Mom usually just buy them from her favorite empal specialty store.

I recreate this dish with shredded chicken thigh meat, which cuts the cooking time significantly, but the taste is pretty much there. I hope you will give this ayam suwir saus empal – chicken in spices & coconut milk sauce recipe a try.

Ayam Suwir Saus Empal – Chicken in Spices & Coconut Milk Sauce

Poached chicken thigh meat

If you have any experience cooking with beef shank, you know it is a very tough cut and requires a long cooking time to make it tender.

Here I use skinless boneless chicken thigh meat, poached in boiling water for 20 minutes. So much faster, plus I get to prepare the spices while the chicken is gently poaching away.

Once done, just remove the chicken from the hot water, and shred the meat with two forks.

Ayam Suwir Saus Empal - Chicken in Spices & Coconut Milk Sauce

Ayam Suwir Saus Empal – Chicken in Spices & Coconut Milk Sauce

Empal spices

Once you are familiar with Indonesian dishes, you can expect a pretty long list of spices, and empal is no different. You need ginger, galangal, daun salam, tamarind, kecap manis, coconut milk, coriander, cumin, candlenuts (I use macadamia), shallot (I use red onion), and garlic.

Daun salam is usually translated into bay leaf, but I think it is more appropriate to call it Indonesian bay leaf since regular bay leaf is wildly different compared to our daun salam. If you cannot find this, it is best to omit instead of sub with regular bay leaf.

Ayam Suwir Saus Empal - Chicken in Spices & Coconut Milk Sauce

Ayam Suwir Saus Empal – Chicken in Spices & Coconut Milk Sauce

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Ayam Suwir Santan – Shredded Chicken in Coconut Milk Recipe

Ingredients for ayam suwir santan: chicken breast, coconut milk, shallot, garlic, candlenuts, lemongrass, galangal, daun salam, palm sugar, coriander, and salt.

Shredded chicken dishes are my go-to when I need to prepare a quick and easy Indonesian dish. They are usually so much simpler compared to other Indonesian chicken dishes, and still packs a ton of flavor.

One of my favorite shredded chicken dishes is this ayam suwir santan, or shredded chicken in coconut milk. This dish originates from Solo, and is part of the traditional Solo rice meal called nasi liwet. But, I make this all the time to enjoy with a simple steamed white rice.

Fully cooked ayam suwir santan. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred. Strain the soup to get a clear broth.

Fully cooked ayam suwir santan. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred. Strain the soup to get a clear broth.

What do I need to prepare ayam suwir santan?

You will need:

  • 2 chicken breast, cut into thin slices
  • 200 ml (1/2 can) coconut milk
  • 300 ml water
  • 3 daun salam (Indonesian bay leaves), omit if you don’t have these
  • 2 teaspoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa), or use coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (Indonesian: bubuk ketumbar)

Also, you will need to grind these ingredients into a spice paste:

  • 75 gram shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 2 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 2 candlenut (Indonesian: kemiri), or sub with an equal amount of macadamia
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
Ayam suwir santan - shredded chicken in coconut milk.

Ayam suwir santan – shredded chicken in coconut milk.

How do I cook ayam suwir santan?

Here is my step-by-step:

1. Cook the chicken.

Place thinly sliced chicken breast, along with the rest of the ingredients, in a pot. Bring to a boil, then cover the pot, and simmer until the chicken is fully cooked. About 30 minutes.

2. Shred the chicken.

Remove chicken pieces from the broth. Shred with a pair of forks. Arrange the shredded chicken in a serving platter.

3. Strain the broth.

Strain the broth to get a clear soup, then boil the strained broth.

4. Serve shredded chicken with strained broth.

Pour the strained broth over the shredded chicken, and serve immediately with steamed white rice.

Ayam suwir santan - shredded chicken in coconut milk.

Ayam suwir santan – shredded chicken in coconut milk.

What do I serve with ayam suwir santan?

Ayam suwir santan is a common part of nasi liwet. A complete nasi liwet typically has these dishes:

Of course, since this dish is very yummy on its own, feel free to serve ayam suwir with simple steamed white rice.

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