Sambal Oelek Roasted Chicken


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Author Notes: Sambal oelek (or ulek, as it is sometimes known) is a Southeast Asian spice paste that mainly comprises red chilis, salt, and vinegar. Sometimes you’ll also find variations that are flavoured with shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, onions, and fish sauce. Traditionally made using a mortar and pestle (that’s also how it derives its name), this condiment is a staple in every household and used extensively in sauces, as a marinade for meats and seafood, and also in salads.Kirthana | Theblurrylime

Food52 Review: Winner, winner, tasty chicken dinner. I loved everything about this recipe, from the ease of the marinade to the roasting and the overall final flavor. The sambal oelek gives the chicken a fantastic heat, while the honey balances it out nicely. And the garlic adds a kick. The entire recipe takes less than 10 minutes of prep time (not factoring in the overnight marinade). figgypudding

Serves: 2 to 4
Prep time: 3 hrs 30 min
Cook time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • 750 grams chicken thighs/drumsticks (bone-in)
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon light soy
  • 7 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Place the chicken pieces in a zip-top bag and add sambal oelek, honey, soy, garlic, and salt; squish the bag about until the chicken pieces are coated well, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or up to a day.
  2. Preheat oven to 180° C (356° F). Tip the chicken pieces into a baking dish and cook in the middle of the rack for 40 to 50 minutes, flipping it halfway into cooking time. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  3. Note: Oven temperatures and cooking times can vary, so make sure to keep an eye out after about 35 minutes.

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Reviews (6) Questions (0)

6 Reviews

Laurie May 15, 2018
Great flavor but next time I think I'll double or triple the marinade/sauce. Would be terrific with wings, too.
 
Laura October 19, 2016
Made this last night. So quick! So easy! So delicious! Steamed some rice and threw a sheet of onion & green veg in the oven to cook along with the chicken. Finished it up with some green onion on top. Marinated it for about 3 hours but would have happily let it sit in that marinade all day. This is going on our weeknight dinner rotation indefinitely. Thank you! :D
 
Author Comment
Kirthana |. June 19, 2016
Thank you! So excited about this!
 
inpatskitchen June 18, 2016
Congrats on the CP!! This was extremely good!
 
Audrius S. June 30, 2016
Very good, cooked it tonight.
 
Author Comment
Kirthana |. July 3, 2016
Oh yay! :)