Ayam Suwir (Indonesian Shredded Spicy Chicken)

Another dish that can be eaten warm or cold, is Indonesian shredded spicy chicken. Every weekend I try to make big quantity dishes so that I can have them for a few days, especially now that I don’t have much time to cook during the day. I paired this dish with my Tempe Orek (Indonesian crisp sweet&sour Tempe), and it felt just like home. Because I made it in such a big quantity, feel free to adjust according to your servings. Hope you like this recipe and happy cooking!DSC02174.JPG

Total time: 1-1.5 hour

Serving: 4-8


1.6 kg              chicken breast (about 8 chicken breasts)


To fry and blend

6                      big chilies

3                      small chilies

4                      shallot

3                      garlic

4                      tomato


4                      lemon grass, crush the bottom part to release the aroma

6                      lime leaves

2 cm                galangal, crushed

100 gr             coconut milk, or 3 tbsp coconut powder+1 cup of water

2 tsp                salt

3 tbsp              sugar

1/3 cup water

vegetable oil




  • In a deep pot, boil chicken breast for about 15-20 minutes or until it’s cooked. place the chicken breast on a plate to cool down. You can use the left over water for soup if you want to. Shred chicken breast once it’s cooled down, using hand or fork.DSC02136.JPGDSC02156.JPG
  • Prepare the ingredients to fry and blend. I like to take out the chilies’ seeds so it’s not too spicy and I can use more chilies to give the nice red color. But if you can take extra hot, feel free to skip this step.


  • In a wok/cooking pan, heat up about 1 cup of vegetable oil on medium-high. Fry the chilies, shallots, and garlics for about 5 minutes until it’s half-cooked. Take it out and blend. Leave some small chunks if you like.DSC02157.JPGDSC02159.JPG
  • In a wok/cooking pan, heat up a few spoons of vegetable oil on medium-high. Stir the blended ingredients, lemon grass, lime leaves, and galangal for 2-3 minutes until it’s fragrant.DSC02162.JPGDSC02164.JPG
  • Throw in the shredded chicken, mix until it’s all covered with the sauce.DSC02165.JPGDSC02168.JPG
  • Add in coconut milk, salt and sugar. Stir another 5 minutes on medium until the coconut milk is absorbed. Ready to serve.DSC02169.JPGDSC02173.JPG

Author: Dewi

Hello there! If you are stopping by this page, you are probably searching for easy Asian home-cook meal inspirations that are uncomplicated, quick, budget-friendly, and still tasty and delishhh….. That’s what I am going to share in this blog. I am not a chef, I cook because I love it and I enjoy it. To give you a little background of who I am…. My name is Dewi, a self-made home-cook who enjoys filling her kitchen in with tasty and delicious of Asian food. I was born and grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia where I have never learned how to cook (except frying an egg or two, add soy sauce, and eat it with rice) and never thought I would have to cook ever in my life. Because my mom, who was (still is) the “family chef” had never encouraged the children to be involved in the kitchen. So, my passion for food and cooking came later on when I went abroad. In 2006, I moved to Beijing, China where I lived for a good 9 years. I occasionally cooked as I preferred to eat out or to order in, for a simple reason, it’s convenient and affordable (back then). My cooking journey became more apparent in 2015 when I decided to move to Germany. Eating out, especially for Asian food is expensive and not authentic. The selection of Asian restaurants is limited and because of the high price, it would mean that I would have to burn a hole in my pocket if I want to do it often. So now that I have a small family (my husband, my son, and I), I cook not only for myself but also for them. I like to try new things like occasional baking or non-Asian food. For that being said, I want to share my cooking journey with you and hope that you can find new food inspirations that you can do yourself at home, either for yourself or your family, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Happy cooking! =) Xoxo Dewi

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