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This spicy flavorful Indonesian-style, Sambal Chicken is juicy and delicious!  Serve it with Thai Crunch Salad, or Asian Slaw and top with fresh mint, scallions optional Peanut Chili Crunch (Seroendeng)

This spicy flavorful Indonesian-style, Sambal Chicken is juicy and delicious!  Serve it with Thai Crunch Salad, or Asian Slaw and top with fresh mint, scallions optional Peanut Chili Crunch (Seroendeng)! 

Here is a delicious recipe for Indonesian Style, Grilled Sambal Chicken-  full of great flavor with a little bit of heat, and so juicy and tender. Fast and simple to make, it comes together in less than 30 minutes – and lately, it’s been on our plates a lot around here! It’s a little addicting! The flavorful marinade would taste great with tofu or fish too!

I love this best served over Thai Crunch Salad, a healthy vegan, GF salad made with shredded cabbage and summer vegetables, mint,  basil, scallions and a light peanut dressing.

The combination of spicy, sweet, salty, tangy Grilled Sambal Chicken, paired with the cool crunchy Thai Peanut Salad is so delicious!   Whether it’s tossed into salad, folded into tacos, served over rice or with a bowl of grilled veggies, it’s very versatile recipe I think you will love.

Grilled Indonesian Style Sambal Chicken, and easy flavorful recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

Sambal Chicken Variations:

The Sambal chicken can be quickly be grilled in whole pieces, or if you have more time, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, then skewer.

What is Sambal Oelek?

Sambal Oelek is an Indonesian-style red chile paste is available at most grocery stores and it’s the secret to this great flavor.  It’s moderately spicy, not overly, just perfectly, with a subtle sweetness.

I will often double the recipe because the refrigerated leftover chicken keeps really well and tastes incredibly good, cold….perfect for quick lunches or to-go meals.

Be sure to use boneless, skinless thigh meat, to ensure the juiciest chicken possible. I’ve also used this flavorful marinade on tofu, then grilled it with great results –just make sure to grease the grill extra well first, and use a metal spatula to flip.

 

Grilled Indonesian Style Sambal Chicken, and easy flavorful recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

If serving the chicken on its own, without the Thai Vegetable Crunch Salad, you could garnish it with fresh mint leaves, scallions and crushed roasted peanuts.

Grilled Indonesian Style Sambal Chicken, and easy flavorful recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

If serving with the Thai Vegetable Crunch Salad, simply slice and place over top or plate with the skewers.

Grilled Indonesian Style Sambal Chicken, and easy flavorful recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

A grilling tip!

Reduce the leftover marinade and use it to baste the chicken while it’s grilling. This keeps the chicken juicy while adding and building flavor.

Grilled Indonesian Style Sambal Chicken, and easy flavorful recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

Grill over medium-high heat, getting both sides deeply seared. Turn heat down to low, and cover until cooked through. You can also place this in a warm oven until cooked through.

Grilled Indonesian Style Sambal Chicken, and easy flavorful recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

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Grilled Sambal Chicken


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A flavorful Grilled Indonesian Style, Sambal Chicken that is easy and delicious!  Serve with Asian Slaw or Thai Crunch Salad!


Ingredients

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Garnish Options: crushed roasted Peanuts, fresh mint leaves, sliced scallions

Serve with Thai Crunch Salad or Asian Slaw.


Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces (to skewer) or leave whole and place them in a gallon zip lock bag or bowl.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients, except Sambal Oelek (or red chili paste) in a blender, and blend until smooth. Stir in the Sambal Oelek chili paste, to combine. Pour marinade over the chicken and marinate for 15 minutes or overnight.
  3. Pre-heat the grill to med-high.
  4. Skewer chicken (or leave whole)
  5. Pour the leftover marinade into a small pot, bring to a simmer, and simmer on low for 5-10 mins, until thickened and reduced. You will use it to baste the chicken.
  6. Place chicken on a hot, preheated, greased grill. Cover. Cook 5 minutes or longer until deep grill marks appear. Turn over, baste, cover. Once you’ve got a good sear on both sides, and both sides are basted, turn heat to low, or move to upper rack and continue cooking through ( or finish in  375 oven).
  7. Serve with Thai Crunch Salad, or the Asian Slaw garnish with fresh mint, scallions and crushed roasted peanuts, or try this Peanut Chili Crunch (Seroendeng)!

Notes

Of course, you can use chicken breast, just cook a little less so it doesn’t get overcooked or dry.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 272
  • Sugar: 21.3 g
  • Sodium: 1192 mg
  • Fat: 6.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 30.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 142 mg

Keywords: Grilled Chicken, Indonesian Chicken, Sambal Chicken, Grilled sambal chicken

 

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  1. Needed a recipe for the chili huge jug of sambal Olek ordered by mistake. Used boneless breasts and air fryer grill. Fantastic! Also made a version of Thai crunch salad based on what I had – used PB2 powder rainbow daikon organic colored carrots – amazing!

Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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