Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sambal Chicken

When people ask me what type of food I miss most from Malaysia and my answer is always Malay food? I love the simple fried salted fish, the ulam ulam (salad), sambal belachan and all the spicy dishes. I can eat Western food for a few days and then I will crave for something hot and spicy. I need something to remind me of home. You can take me out of Malaysia but you can take Malaysia out of me.

That is why my fridge will always have a big jar of homemade sambal. I add it into my fried noodles, fried rice, stir fry vegetables, meat etc. This is one dish that I like to cook when craving strike. It is Sambal Chicken. It is nothing fancy or too complicated. It is cooked using my homemade sambal and it goes really well with rice.


2 pound chicken – removed skin and fats and cut into medium size pieces
10-15 cherry tomatoes - halves
Sugar, salt to taste

Sambal Paste:

10 dried chili – soaked in hot water for 30 minutes
3 fresh red chilies
4 shallots
4 cloves garlic
1” fresh ginger
2 stalk lemongrass – remove the hard outer skin and cut small

1. Put all the sambal paste ingredients in a food processor and blend into paste.
2. Heat up 4 tbsp oil, fry the sambal paste over medium heat until fragrant and oil began to surface.
3. Add in the chicken, stir until chicken is well coated with the paste and turn color.
4. Cover and turn down the heat and let the chicken simmer. At this stage if the chicken gets too dry you can add a bit of water to it. (I didn’t add any water to it as the chicken discharge quite a bit of liquid)
5. When the chicken is halfway done add in add sugar and salt to taste. Add in the tomatoes. Continue to cook until the gravy thickens and chicken is done.
6. Dish out and serve with warm rice.

Note: If you like it less spicy just reduce the amount of chilies.

I am entering this post in the Muhibbah Malaysian Monday roundup, created and hosted by Sharon of Test with a Skewer and Suresh of 3 Hungry Tummies.


lena said...

yum yum! how can we not love sambal belacan! with instant noodles also appetising enough!i also have a curry chicken post coming up tomorrow.

Eating Bangkok said...

My wife (who is Thai) and I also get the craving for spicy food after a few days. This chicken sambal looks like a great addition to our repertoire of spicy dishes for when the cravings hit!

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks so good with sambal sauce. I am going to try some chicken wing with it.

Anonymous said...

Your sambal chicken looks so tempting. I definitely must this recipe and impress my Malaysian friends...thanks for sharing..

Anonymous said...

looks so delish!
did you remove the seeds from the dried chillies or just leave them in for more punch?
Can replace some of the dried chillies with fresh ones for the rempah?

Jo said...

Yeah I guess all of us Malaysians would have a jar of sambal sitting in the fridge. It is so versatile in stir fry and making curries.

Shereen said...

Kita gang!!I am also like can take me out of Malaysia but you can't take Malaysia out of me..someone beside me who also mengaku he's Malaysian ( don't know when our goverment grant him citizenship..hahahah ).Every meal at home,I will surely have one sambal/spicy dish..or else sure no appetite.Same with all my family members..afterall,we are Nyonyas and Babas no matter where we are (wink!).Hope you are feeling better.

maameemoomoo - a ½ food blog said...

Sambal chicken! Ooh la la!! Best with a bowl of rice ;)

"You can take me out of Malaysia but you can take Malaysia out of me." - how true.. even for someone who lives in Singapore! Haha! I miss Malaysia food ALL the time :P

Charmaine said...

Malaysians abroad will be able to relate to the part about missing chilli/spicy food. This looks good, as usual.

busygran said...

Indeed a mouth-watering dish!

Elin Chia said...

Hahaha will not miss Malaysia for sure coz I see you cook more malaysian food than me :) Your sambal chicken looks great. Can Carlos eat hot and spicy?

Meg Luby said...

this looks so great! i am going to try and give it a try. have to. thanks for sharing!

pigpigscorner said...

Mine too! all the spices...yum!

Unknown said...

I too agree with allwho say u cant take msia out of me. I am constantly missing food from msia and sometimes turn to blogs with msian food to feast my eyes ifnot my tummy....HELPPPP

ICook4Fun said...

Lena, I pun it in anything ha ha..I saw your curry chicken. They look delicious!

Eating Bangkok, thanks for stopping by.

Angie, hope you like it.

Mylife, my Child and My food, you are welcome.

Travellingfoodies, thank you. No I left to seeds on for more punch. i did use some fresh chillies too. Yes you can replace the dried chillies with fresh ones.

Jo, ha ha you are so right.

Shereen, oh I tell you I sakit sakit pun rindu kat sambal ha lah but I refrain myself from eating. Oh that Malaysian celup memang suka sambal.

Maameemoomoo, you can get great food in Singapore so it is not so bad as over here :)

ICook4Fun said...

Charmaine, yeap.

Busygran, thanks.

Elin, you see more of Malaysian food here because I cook it often and also there are so many varietes. Chinese, Malay, Indian. As for Western food I often cook the similar dishes that is why I hardly post it here. Carlos love spicy food. I train him well :)

Meaghan, hope you like it.

Pigpigscorner, ha ha we sama kaki.

Neev, you can always try cooking it especially Asian ingredients are readily available in Australia :)

Bakericious said...

I love this, I am salivating over it now, can give me some?

Cheah said...

Can't help drooling over this sambal chicken. As long as it's sambal, anything goes!

My Little Space said...

Yooo... salivating! Your sambal chicken looks very much like ayam masak merah. Very flavourful. Thanks for sharing another yumy recipe again.
Cheers, Kristy

shaz said...

Wooo, looks so delicious! I actually find my chilli tolerance declines because I don't eat enough spicy food now (hubby and kids can't take it too hot and I am too lazy to cook two different meals). But when I visit my parents I start retraining the tastebuds again :) Thanks for another great MM submission.