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Ayam Goreng Kalasan (Javanese Fried Chicken)

Ayam Goreng Kalasan (Javanese Fried Chicken) is different from other fried chicken because the chicken is braised in coconut milk and spices, then deep-fried or grilled. It's so easy to make and you can get it done in an Instant Pot or Air Fryer. Serve this ayam goreng kalasan with a side of fresh vegetables (lalapan).
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Author: Linda Kurniadi

Ingredients

Processed paste:

Instructions

Deep-fried Chicken

  • In a food processor, blend the processed paste until smooth.
  • Add oil to a large pot. Add the paste and lemongrass until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add chicken and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat. Let it simmer until the chicken pieces are cooked through and the meat is tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok and fry the chicken until golden brown.

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

  • In a food processor, blend the processed paste until smooth.
  • Add oil to a large pot. Add the paste and lemongrass until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add chicken and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat. Let it simmer until the chicken pieces are cooked through and the meat is tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place chicken in an air fryer. Cook for 10 minutes at 350F, flip, and cook for another 5-8 minutes at 350F.

Grilled Chicken

  • In a food processor, blend the processed paste until smooth.
  • Add oil to a large pot. Add the paste and lemongrass until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add chicken and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat. Let it simmer until the chicken pieces are cooked through and the meat is tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Grill the chicken undisturbed according to the manufacturer's instruction.

Instant Pot

  • In a food processor, blend the processed paste until smooth.
  • Saute the paste and lemongrass in an Instant Pot until fragrant.
  • Add chicken and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Turn off saute mode. Close the lid. 
  • Turn the steam release valve to seal. Cook in high pressure for 12 minutes. When the timer is up, release pressure immediately; then either fry or grill the chicken.