Ayam Panggang Bumbu Kecap (Indonesian Kecap Manis Broiled Chicken) – Pieces of chicken are pressure cooked with aromatic spices, herbs, and kecap manis and finished up cooking in the oven by broiling.
AYAM PANGGANG BUMBU KECAP
Ayam panggang bumbu kecap is traditionally made by boiling the chicken in spices, herbs, and kecap manis and then they are baked. It’s not unusual to see many Indonesian recipes usually cook the meat twice, first to infuse the aroma from spices and herbs and then finished cooking by frying, grilling, or baking.
WHY I LIKE TO PRESSURE COOK THE CHICKEN AND THEN BROIL
I like to pressure cook the chicken first because the chicken is not overcooked. I’m not boiling the chicken to death so of speak. The chicken is still infused with great flavor and cooking time is short too. I use a mixture of thighs, wings, and drumsticks because I cut up the whole chicken. I don’t use breast because no one in the family likes chicken breast 🙂 Setting the pressure cooker time to 10 minutes is sufficient to cook the chicken without overcooking them. Broiling the chicken will add that nice char to the overall look.
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INDONESIAN KECAP MANIS
One of Indonesian staple ingredients is kecap manis if you ask me. Indonesian kecap manis is not only thick, and dark, but it is also sweet because of the palm sugar. We don’t necessarily use it in every single recipe, not so much in Indonesian Chinese recipe, but traditional Indonesian recipes call for kecap manis more often than not. We use it in nasi goreng, ketoprak, sate ayam kecap, tahu goreng kecap, sambal kecap pedas, tahu dan tempe bacem. These are just to mention a few. Kecap manis is also used to marinade meat, and also as dipping sauce. My favorite kecap manis is this kecap manis cap bango. Many Indonesians will tell you that too. But if you can find this brand, kecap manis ABC is a great substitute too.
HOW TO MAKE AYAM PANGGANG BUMBU KECAP
1. Rub the chicken with the ground paste all over
2. Place chicken pieces in the inner pot of instant pot, pour 1/4 cup water and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes
3. Release pressure immediately
4. Strain the juice and keep the solid
5. Mix the solid with basting ingredients
6. Brush the chicken pieces with basting sauce
7. Broil in the oven until golden brown and slightly char. Do not walk away during the broiling process
MAKE-AHEAD AYAM PANGGANG BUMBU KECAP
This will come in handy when you are getting ready for party or just simply because you are prepping for the rest of the week. Here’s how:
1. Presure cook the chicken in the presure cooker as written in the recipe
2. Strain the juice and keep the solid. The solid can be keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week
3. Let the chicken cool down for 1 hour and then freeze the chicken pieces in smaller batch
4. When ready to serve, thaw in the refrigerator
5. Get rid of any extra liquid after thawing
6. Combine the solid with other basting ingredients and brush this on the chicken pieces
7. Broil as directed in the recipe
*Recipe is written for 6-quart Instant Pot. Cooking time should remain the same for 8-quart size but will take longer to pressurize. For mini duo (3-quart), I suggest to half the recipe and use the same amount of time to cook*
Ayam Panggang Bumbu Kecap (Indonesian Kecap Manis Broiled Chicken)
- 3 - 4 lbs bone-in skin-on chicken pieces see notes
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 4 Tbsp kecap manis
- 1 tsp salt
Ingredients to grind:
- 1 small onion peeled, quartered
- 4 cloves garlic peeled
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 4-5 bird's eye chili optional
- 1 Tbsp coriander powder
- 1 Tbsp galangal powder
- 5 kaffir lime leaves tear edges to release flavor
- 3 bay leaves (daun salam)
- 2 Tbsp cooking oil
- 2 Tbsp kecap manis
- ½ tsp salt
You can serve with:
Pressure cook the chicken (can be prepared one day before):
- Mix the ingredients you have grind with coconut sugar, kecap manis, spices, and 1 tsp of salt. Stir to mix everything. Rub this paste all over the chicken
- Place the chicken pieces inside the inner pot of instant pot. Pour 1/4 cup of water inside the pot. It may seem like a little water, but that's enough. Place the herbs in
- Cover the lid of the instant pot. Turn the steam release valve to seal. Press "pressure cooker" and make sure it's on "hi pressure". Set the timer to 10 minutes. When the timer is up, release the steam immediately. Uncover the lid. Carefully remove the chicken from the inner pot and set aside to let them cool down completely before broiling the chicken
- Strain the cooking juice from the inner pot. You can either save the juice for other use as stock or discard. You will get some solid. Keep the solid!
Broil the chicken:
- Mix the solid you kept from cooking the chicken and mix with the basting ingredients. Set aside
- If you prepare the day before, get the chicken out from the refrigerator 30 minutes before broiling
- Generously brush the chicken with the basting sauce. Place the chicken pieces, skin side up, on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil
- Turn on the broiler in your oven to low. Set the oven rack about 5-8 inches from the broiler. Place the baking sheet inside the oven and let the chicken broil until it has nice golden brown and slightly char. Do not walk away during this process. Kecap manis may get burned easily. If the chicken get brown too quickly, you may need to move the rack lower
- Once you are happy with the color of the chicken, remove from the oven. Ready to serve
you have recipes on ayam bakar and ayam panggang. As I understand it ayam panggang used to be prepared on charcoal (like ayam bakar) but nowadays both are often broiled in a grill, is not it. I don’t really understand the difference between the two dishes. Also there is ayam panggang bumbu rujak and there is ayam bakar bumbu rujak. Can you help me ?
Hi Jan, I know it can be confusing, but you are right traditionally, panggang and bakar were done over charcoal as oven is not so common yet. So I guess the terms bakar and panggang are interchangeable. But in these modern days, some will do panggang in the oven and not over direct flame like bakar anymore, though some will still do so. But your understanding of panggang and bakar are definitely correct 🙂
What do you do with the strained cooking liquid ?
You can either keep the cooking liquid to use as stock for other dish or discard it. I usually keep it, though it’s not a typical chicken stock as there’s kecap manis and other Indonesian spices 🙂
This looks yummy! What’s in the little dish in the first photo?
Hi Gee, it’s a sambal chili 🙂 https://whattocooktoday.com/sambal-chili.html
I am just drooling reading this recipe. It sounds so amazing. Love the flavors! Totally pinned 🙂
One of my fave Indo dishes (the other is ayam penyet)- i love the one at Plaza Sing in Singapore! Will have to try your recipe now that I live abroad!
I am addicted to chicken that look just like yours. An interesting method, I would love to try it. I remember my grandmother often cooking the chicken legs before she put them in the oven, but I have never did myself more than a couple of times. Her chicken was always very tender.