Ayam Sambal (Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry) Recipe

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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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Deliver Ingredients


  • 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.

Yam Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Yam Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.