This is one of those dishes that I have looked at for quite sometime and always wondered what it would taste like. It was absolutely delicious!
I love kecap manis, a sweet, syrupy deep coffee colored soy-based sauce. This sauce is essentially sweetened soy sauce and is a stable on any Indonesian table, and always in my pantry. It is used both as a base sauce to cook with but also as a condiment. It will absolutely brighten up anything you put it on, and in my opinion, so much better than the regular tomato ketchup. For us trivia buffs out there, the word ketchup is derived from the the Cantonese word koechiap, or "sauce". More on this amazing condiment here. It is available in any Asian store or on Amazon in India.
These wings are packed with flavor from kecap manis. Slightly sweet, especially when dunked in the dipping sauce, they are finger-licking good. The spices are gentle and the salt from the soy sauce shines with the caramelized sugars. These are drumsticks you cannot stop munching on. I used drumsticks, but you can substitute bone-in chicken thighs, wings or chicken breasts. I also paired it with a fresh and crunchy Indonesian sweet coconut and basil salad.
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8-10 chicken drumsticks or bone-in thighs
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons kecap manis
2 tablespoons dark palm sugar or jaggery
1 tablespoon oil
3-4 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
1 teaspoon pepper
For the sweet soy dipping sauce:
4 tablespoons kecap manis
Juice of 1/2 lime
1-3 Thai chilies, minced
Make the sweet soy dipping sauce by mixing all the ingredients well Set aside for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust chili as per your palate. Sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Mix the chicken with the marinade ingredients. Marinate for at least three hours, however, overnight is preferred.
Grill the chicken for about 7 minutes per side till the chicken is completely cooked through. Baste with any left over marinade every 5 minutes till the marinade is finished. Serve immediately.
Alternatively, heat the oven to 375 F.
Layer the chicken on a lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes till cooked through. Baste with any left over marinade every 5 minutes till the marinade is finished. Serve immediately with a fresh and crunchy Indonesian sweet coconut and basil salad.