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Semur ayam is a chicken and potato dish stewed in spices, nutmeg, and kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce). The taste is very bold, the chicken and potatoes tender and succulent, and you will want to mop up all the sauce with a big bowl of steamed white rice. This delicious dish is very easy to prepare and you will want to put this in your meal rotation! ♥

Ingredients to Prepare Indonesian Semur Ayam (Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce).

Ingredients to Prepare Indonesian Semur Ayam (Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce).

What you need to prepare Indonesian semur ayam

Most Indonesians will prefer to use bone-in chicken pieces to prepare semur ayam, but boneless skinless meat can also be used for a fuss-free experience. Aside from chicken, you will need the following to prepare Indonesian semur ayam:

  • lemongrass, bruised and knotted, or cut one into 2
  • potatoes
  • kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • ground nutmeg
  • shallot
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • salt
  • sugar
  • pepper

Indonesian Semur Ayam - Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce.

Indonesian Semur Ayam - Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce.

How to cook Indonesian semur ayam

Cooking semur ayam is very easy and straightforward, consisting of only two steps:

  1. Heat oil in a pot and fry spice paste (ground shallot, garlic, and ginger) and lemongrass until fragrant, then add chicken pieces and stir until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Add potatoes, water, kecap manis, salt, sugar, nutmeg, and pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until both the chicken pieces and potatoes are tender.

That’s it! And you can serve them as is, or with some sprinkling of deep fried shallot flakes (a.k.a. Indonesian bawang goreng). Serve semur ayam with some steamed white rice for a satisfying meal.

Indonesian Semur Ayam - Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce.

Indonesian Semur Ayam - Chicken in Nutmeg and Sweet Soy Sauce.