Indonesian Style Chicken Wings (Ayam Goreng Kuning)

  • Serves

    serves 6


Marinated in tamarind and aromatic spices, these chicken wings are cooked in coconut water before frying. This recipe first appeared in our December 2014 issue with the story Winging It.


  • 1 cup tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp. ground turmeric
  • 12 tsp. cayenne
  • 10 candlenuts or unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 6 small shallots, peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, white parts only, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 (2") piece galangal or ginger, peeled and thinly sliced Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 lb. chicken wings, separated at the joint
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Peanut oil, for frying


Step 1

Purée tamarind paste, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, candlenuts, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, and salt in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and add wings; toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap; chill overnight.

Step 2

Transfer wings and marinade to a 6-qt. saucepan. Add coconut water and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until chicken is cooked through, 40–45 minutes. Drain wings; pat dry using paper towels.

Step 3

Wipe pan clean; heat 2" oil until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°. Working in batches, fry wings until browned and crisp, 1–2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

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