Fried Chicken

Origin: Java Island


  • 750 gr chicken, cut in pieces
  • 3 tsp lime juice (if needed)
  • oil for deep-frying

For marinating

  • 2 gloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cm fresh turmeric or 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp coriander or 1/2 tsp ground coriande
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 75 ml cold water

Fried Chicken

This is the simplest recipe of Javanese Fried Chicken or Ayam Goreng, one of my family's favourite side dish!!
I've made it countless times since I started to cook until present. Since I was still living in my parent's house till I live abroad now in Germany 😉
In fact, this the basic recipe for almost all deep fried side dishes in javanese households. The spices contains of 4 ingredients : garlic, coriander, turmeric and salt. You can use this basic spices to make any deep-fried side dish as you wish : chicken, fish, squid, shrimps etc. The cooking process is also simple and doesn't require a special cooking skill. Anyone can do :- )
Honestly I make it often especially when I don't have really time and space to cook something complicated ;-). A quick cooking but taste yummy ;-).
Tipp: Cut the chicken into a smaller serving portions to ensure that the spice mixture is well absorbed & the chicken will be crunchy on the outside.


  • Cut the chicken in serving portions, wash and if necessary, rub around with lime juice to get rid of excessive fat. Prick it with a fork to allow a better marinating process.
  • For marinating: Grind garlic, koriander, turmeric and salt in a mortar / grinding stone and grind until smooth.
  • Add 75 ml cold water. Stir to mix. Try the taste & add more salt if necessary. This step is necessary to get the optimum taste/saltiness.
  • Soak the chicken in the mixture one by one with your hand. Make sure all sides are well soaked.
  • Put aside for 15 minutes in a fridge to allow the marinating process.
  • Heat enough oil in a frying pan & deep-fry the chicken until crispy-golden brown.
  • Turn it over until all sides are well cooked and crispy.
  • Set aside to drain or pat dry with kitchen paper. (If preferred, deep-fry the chicken in a Fritteuse to 375°F (190°C) for about 4-5 minutes).
  • Serve hot with Tamarind Soup, sambal & raw vegetables or Stir Fried Water Spinach or any stir fried vegetables dishes.
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