A spicy Indonesian dish with red chili sauce, and with a different way of cooking too. Red chili is a must!
Easy to cook and delicious Red Chili Chicken.

Red Chili Chicken is a spicy dish that can be found in several regions in Indonesia. This dish is similar to Balado Chicken, the difference is in the method of making the spicy sauce. For red chili chicken, the spicy sauce is blended first, then sauteed until fragrant. For balado chicken, the spicy sauce doesn't need to be blended, just needs to be stir-fried. Balado is a spicy red sauce mixed with chunks of red chili sauce, which can be mixed with a variety of other foods. Meat or vegetables that can be made with this Balado sauce include beef, chicken, shrimp, squid, eggplant, eggs, potatoes, etc. For meat, usually, it has to be sauteed first so that the meat is cooked, then mixed with Balado sauce. Initially, the chicken must be fried first, then mixed and cooked with red chili sauce. The meat needed is chicken with bones, it can be chicken thighs/chicken breast/chicken wings. Before the chicken is fried, usually the chicken meat must be marinated first with lime and salt. Furthermore, the main ingredients of this red chili sauce are shallots, garlic, red chilies, and some spices. These spices must be blended and sauteed until it gives a nice aroma. Check out the Red Chili Chicken recipe below along with the steps.

YIELDS 2 serving(s)
TOTAL TIME 60 minute(s)


  • 400g chicken meat
  • 3 tbsp tamarind water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 400 ml water
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 tbsp sweet sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 lemongrass

Mashed Ingredients

  • 8 shallots
  • 4 garlic
  • 10 red chilies
  • 1 tsp galangal
  • 3 candlenuts
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp salt



Marinate the chicken in lime and salt, leave it for 15 minutes.

Step 1 of cooking Red Chili Chicken.

Fried the chicken with enough oil until browned, remove from heat.

Step 2 of cooking Red Chili Chicken.

Blend all the mashed ingredients, then saute with oil until fragrant.

Step 3 of cooking Red Chili Chicken.

Add water, fried chicken, tomatoes, lemongrass, sweet sauce, sugar, and salt as desired.

Step 4 of cooking Red Chili Chicken.

Put it on a plate, and the red chili chicken is ready to eat!

Step 5 of cooking Red Chili Chicken.

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