Rose’s Kitchen

Ayam Penyet


6 large chicken legs, deboned

2 stalks lemon grass, crushed

2 bay leaves (daun salam)

1 tbsp coriander seeds (ketumbar)

1/2 tsp ground cumin (jintan manis)

2 tbsp thick coconut milk

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp cooking oil

Ingredients to grind:

120g lengkuas, peeled and sliced

1 red chilli, seeded

2 cm knob tumeric

4 slices ginger

3 cloves garlic

3 candlenuts (bush keras)


1.  Fry coriander seeds over slow fire till fragrant then grind coarsely.

2.  Wash chicken and drain well.  Prick chicken all over with a fork.

3.  In a mixing bowl, combine ground spices with ground cumin, coriander, salt, sugar, coconut milk and crushed serai.  Add chicken and mix thoroughly.  Leave to marinade for 30 minutes.

4.  Grease base of cooking pot with some cooking oil.  Arrange chicken in pot, add crushed bay leaves.  Cover pot and cook over moderate heat for 8 minutes.  Turn chicken over, cover pot and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or until almost dry.  Remove chicken and drain off excess liquid.

5.  Grill or roast chicken on high heat, 250 deg C until golden brown on both sides.

July 6, 2007 - Posted by | Poultry


  1. Hi Rose

    Delighted to find the recipe for Ayam Penyet – am going to make it for dinner today and will revert to you on the results.
    I like your website and will visit regularly.

    Comment by tiba | February 6, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hello Rose!
    Glad to find your recipe and I will bookmark and try it every week.
    It is so generous of you to share your recie to all of us.

    Comment by HS | July 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. dear owner of this website,,,,,

    heyy this recipe is quite gud younoe
    and so kind of yu to share you great recipe mannn
    and pls do malay version if you can so that ppl hu are malays can understand thx

    Comment by myname is somebody hahaz | August 8, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hi Rose,

    I have plans to set up a food store selling ayam penyet.
    Is there anyway I can learn the cooking skill directly from you?

    Jane Lee

    Comment by jane lee | August 25, 2008 | Reply

  5. Dear Rose,

    Thank you for the Ayam penyet recipe…will try this!

    Comment by Nora | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi Rose,

    Can I fried the chicken instead?
    thx. :>

    Comment by jazumin | August 27, 2009 | Reply

  7. hi rose,

    i was given an ayam penyet recipe by an indonesian friend. it doesnt have coconut milk though and the chicken pieces are fried and not grilled. i tried her recipe but its not the same as the one she cooked for me. i will definitely try your version very soon. best regards.

    Comment by raul | August 29, 2009 | Reply

  8. Great website, thank you so much for sharing your recipes with the rest of us! cheers

    Comment by Paul | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  9. dear rOSE,
    I love this dish but could you please teach me how to cook the crisy stuff served with the chicken as in Ayam Penyet Ria restaurant? Thanks.


    Comment by sanicekam | February 13, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hi Rose..very happy to find ayam penyet recipe here..
    thankyou 4 sharing Rose…

    Comment by my kitchen | August 7, 2010 | Reply

  11. Hi rose

    Thanks for the recipe,im also love to cook so much!!!
    im work in shangrila hotel singapore as chef hehee..
    am a ayam penyet lover…i love this dish so much…can i ask you can i deep fried the chicken instead of grilling or baking it…ive tried the ayam penyet in different restaurant and stall..but seems to me all of them been fried to crispy..and rose im hapy that you recovered…god bless you and family always…keep on cooking yeahhh

    Comment by Bryan | August 13, 2010 | Reply

  12. Thanks for sharing d Ayam Penyet recipe.I’m ayam penyet lover definitly i’ll try this. May god bless u n family always.

    Comment by Nooraini husin | October 18, 2010 | Reply

  13. Came across your blog whilst searching for a fish ball recipe … Thank you for sharing your recipes with all …. They are authentic, sincere and somehow, the love for cooking comes across in the simplicity of it all …. Bravo! May god bless you always!

    Comment by shorthorse | October 15, 2011 | Reply

  14. Thank you for your generosity to share your recipes. Really appreciate it and would try out your RECEIPE ASAP

    Comment by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 | Reply

  15. hello rose, instead of grill, can i just fry the chicken?

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