Black chicken

A flavoursome and easy dish with an Eastern twist, it is rather dark in colour so I call this dish “Black chicken”. The delicious sauce includes garlic and soy sauce.

30 minutes 4 people Main course
Black chicken


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  • 500 grams of chicken fillets
  • 2 onions
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 3 cm fresh ginger
  • half lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sambal badjak (Indonesian chilli paste)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 100 ml sweet soy sauce
  • 50 ml regular soy sauce
  • sunflower or other neutral oil
Black chicken ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • optional: lemon juicer
  • fine grater
  • small bowl
  • medium frying pan
  • wooden spoon


30 minutes 4 people Main course

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You can also use chicken thighs.

Preparation – 10 minutes

Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic cloves. Peel the ginger and finely grate it. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and mix this with the sambal, brown sugar, tamarind paste, sweet soy sauce and regular soy sauce in a small bowl.

Remove any fat and sinew from the chicken breasts and cut the chicken into pieces. Don't make the pieces too big, but not too small either.

Black chicken
Black chicken

Finishing the black chicken – 20 minutes

Heat a dash of oil in a medium-sized frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add the grated ginger and sauté briefly.

Add the chicken pieces and sauté for a few more minutes. Lower the heat and add the soy sauce mixture. Let it simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

Serve the black chicken with boiled rice, green beans and prawn crackers. You could briefly stir fry the green beans in a wok and season with pepper, salt and a little curry powder. Enjoy your meal!

Black chicken: frequently asked questions

What is tamarind paste?

Tamarind paste, or assem, is for sale in Asian supermarkets and online. It is a paste made from a large, brown-podded fruit. These pods come from a tropical African tree. It has a mildly sour taste, not unlike lime.

Can I replace soy sauce with something else?

You can replace the soy sauce with ketjap manis. If doing this, add a little salt because it’s the soy sauce which gives this dish its salty, savoury taste.

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