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Ayam Sambal (Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry) Recipe

Ayam Sambal
Will Budiaman

Ayam Sambal

No, that’s not a typo below — it really is one-quarter cup of sambal oelek. Don’t worry though, the spiciness is balanced out by all the other ingredients, and all that’s left is a pleasant background heat with every bite of chicken stir fry.

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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ onion, sliced thinly
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 5 scallions, sliced thinly on a bias
  • 15 basil leaves, torn
  • Cooked Jasmine or basmati rice, for serving


Heat the oil in a wok or 10-inch skillet over high heat. Meanwhile, combine the chicken with the sambal oelek and fish sauce in a bowl.

When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, or if using a wok, stirring occasionally.

Add the onions and mushrooms and mix well. Allow to cook until the onions and mushrooms are tender — approximately 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat, and add the scallions and basil leaves. Allow the basil to wilt slightly. Serve immediately with Jasmine or basmati rice.