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How to Cook Sambal Roasted Chicken

Sambal roasted chicken is a Malaysian dish and the cooking is quite different from the local charcoal roasted chicken we know (lechon manok).
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Chicken Recipe
Cuisine: Malaysian
Keyword: roasted chicken, sambal roasted chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Manny


For the spice paste:

  • 6 pcs shallots
  • 1 1/2 inch ginger slice into strips
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 8 pcs dried red chili seeded and soaked
  • 2 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. oil

For the chicken:

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 chicken cut into halves
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Muscovado sugar


How to cook Sambal Roast Chicken:

  • Pound all the paste ingredients together in mortar and pestle except oil to obtain a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the spice paste and stir-fry for 10 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add coconut milk. lime leaves, lemongrass, ginger, salt and sugar. Stir well.
  • Add chicken and cook for 25 minutes over low heat; turn chicken a few times until chicken is half cooked.
  • Transfer chicken to a roasting pan and pour sauce all over chicken.
  • Preheat oven to 300 °F. Roast chicken for 15 minutes or until browned.