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

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:

  • nasi liwet rice, cooked in coconut milk, chicken stock, lemongrass, and daun salam
  • opor ayam - chicken in coconut milk
  • telur pindang - Javanese braised eggs
  • labu siam tumis - chayote in spicy coconut milk
  • sambal terasi - shrimp paste chili sauce

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