Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spicy Honey Chicken/Ayam Masak Madu

Ayam Masak Madu or Spicy Honey Chicken is a common dish found at Malay food eateries in Malaysia. It has a savory,sweet and spicy sauce made from chili paste, tomatoe paste and spices. This dish goes really well with rice or nasi briyani. The chicken is usually deep fried until golden brown before added into the sauce but this is a healthier version. Instead of frying I baked it in the oven before cooking it.

Ingredient A

6 drumsticks – clean and removed the fats and skin
1 tsp of turmeric powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients B

2 tbsp of ground chili paste (I used sambal Oelek)
3 tbsp of tomato paste
1 big onion – cut into rings
3 cloves of garlic – chopped
1 tbsp of chopped ginger
Some curry leaves (optional)
1 star anise
1 cinnamon bark
2 cloves
½ - ¾ cup of water
Honey to taste
Salt to taste

1. Put all the ingredients A together and marinate for half an hour. Line the chicken on a baking pan and bake in a pre-heated 400 degree F oven for 20 minutes.
2. While the chicken is baking, heat up a wok. Add about 2 tbsp of oil and stir fry cinnamon, cloves star anise and curry leaves until fragrant. Add in ground ginger and garlic and continue to stir-fry until lightly brown.
3. Add in tomato paste, chili paste, honey and stir well for 10 seconds. Add in the water. Bring it up to boil and toss in the chicken and onion rings.
4. Give a quick stir-fry, bring the heat to slow simmer, covered and cook until the sauce thickens and the chicken is done. Check seasonings to make sure that it is the sweetness and saltiness you like.
5. Dish out and serve with warm rice.

Note: You can either deep fried, pan fried or baked the drumsticks before cooking it in the sauce.


Jenn said...

This looks so delicious! Thanks for the healthier version of it. It is not always necessary to fry foods for it to taste good.

mycookinghut said...

Yummm.. nasi satu please.. ;)

tigerfish said...

Looks as good un-fried but baked :)

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Wow! Delicious! Nasi dua, please. Extra gravy.

Love2cook Malaysia said...

I'm a chickenlover...and I just love ur dish! Yummmmm! ;)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

yum yum!one bowl rice is not enough for this!

Zurin said...

mmmm wow m hungry! looks so delectable ....^^

Quinn said...

One of my favourite, ayam masak madu....I wonder if Carlos can take the heat.

Jeannie said...

Been visiting yr blog to orgle over your delicious food pictures:)
Another great looking dish!

The Sudden Cook said...

Wow! This blog is like a candy store! Gonna take my time to browse around and check out all the wonderful recipes! The chicken looks so goooood.

Cheah said...

This looks good, something like the Ayam masak merah.

Heera said...


this is the first time i am into your blogs. i spent hours to check your all post from 2006. Its damn good and helpfull blogs. so good to read your blog.


gertrude said...

Jenn, thank you.

Leemei, nasi dua pun boleh :)

Tigerfish, yes the healthier version.

Ju, ha ha

Love2cook, thank you.

Sonia, yea need two bowl, right :)

Zurin, thank you.

Quinn, yes he is good at eating spicy food now. Better than me at times :)

gertrude said...

Jeannie, welcome and thank you.

The Sudden Cook, thanks for stopping by and hope you see some recipes you like here :)

Cheah, yea similar.

Heera, welcome and hope to see you often.

pigpigscorner said...

Love the sweet honey flavour here! Rice please!

MaryMoh said...

Looks delicious. The flavour and taste must be very good with the honey. I'd love this with rice.

Olive said...


I got here through a link on the paratha and yay! I'm glad I followed that link, you have lots of yummy food here...you're on my reading list now so I won't miss anything :) I see some foodie friends here too.. pigpig's corner, Jeannie, Marymoh, & Ju :)

Sabrina Woon said...

VERY NICE. YUMMY! i want...

Ummi said...

Hello Gert...
How's your CNY holiday?? I'm sure you've had a great celebration here in Malaysia..Btw, you ayam masak madu looks very nice...my kids love this very much!! Dapat hari2 pun xpa..hehe

ICook4Fun said...

Olive, thanks for stopping by.

Sabrina, ha ha..

Ummi, yes I had a great time in Malaysia. Too bad can't stay long. Hopefully next year kita dapat jumpa.