Lemper Ayam -- Sticky Rice With Chicken Filling


You've probably have seen lemper ayam at an Asian supermarket. Sticky rice with chicken filling, super delicious! But you'll need time and patience for it.

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Lemper ayam -- sticky rice with chicken filling
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2017-03-11, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 2 hour.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 15-07-2023

2 hour 6 people Side dishes
Lemper ayam -- sticky rice with chicken filling


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  • 250 gram sticky rice (purchase at the Asian market) * see note
  • 2 lime leaves (purchase at the Asian market, or use lime juice instead)
  • 1 lemongras stalk
  • 6 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 300 ml water
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 3 kemiri nuts (purchase at the Asian market)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4th teaspoon ground laos
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or dark caster sugar
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • Salt to liking
  • Oil
Lemper ayam -- sticky rice with chicken filling ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Cutting board
  • Chefs knife
  • 2 medium-sized pans
  • 1 steamer pan (we used a sieve that fits inside a regular pan)
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Sieve
  • Cling film
  • 2 forks
  • Medium-sized skillet
  • Mortar and pestle

Lemper Ayam -- Sticky Rice With Chicken Filling

2 hour 6 people Side dishes

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Preparation -- 1 hour

note: its recommended to soak the sticky rice for a few hours, or a whole night in a decent amount of water.

Start by preparing the sticky rice. Soak the rice for a few hours in a decent amount of water. Drain the rice and rinse with water. Pour a small layer of water in the medium-sized pan and add the rice into the sieve.

Make a small pit in the middle of the rice and steam for half an hour. Meanwhile create a tasteful water by combining 300 ml of water with 4 tablespoons of coconut cream, lime leaves and salt to taste.

Bruise the lemongrass to release its flavour and add it to the water. Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat and set aside. Meanwhile fill the second pan with water and bring to a boil.

Cook the chicken fillet for about 10 minutes, depending on the size. Chop the kemiri nuts and roast them in a dry skillet until they're brown. Peel and chop the onion and garlic cloves and add them to the mortar along with the turmeric, ground coriander, laos and roasted kemiri nuts.

Grind until you've reached a smooth paste. Remove the lemongrass and lime leaves from the water. Transfer the steamed rice to a boil and pour in the water.

Cover with cling film and let the rice absorb the water completely.  

Lemper ayam -- sticky rice with chicken filling
Lemper ayam -- sticky rice with chicken filling

Finishing up the lemper ayam -- 1 hour

Steam the rice for another 30 minutes and then transfer it to the bowl again and let it cool off completely. Meanwhile use 2 forks to create pulled pork. Heat a bit of oil in the skillet and sauté the paste from the mortar for a few minutes.

Add the pulled chicken and season with salt. Let the filling cool off completely until its ready to roll. For the rolling part, it's recommended to wear cloves or make your hands wet.

Place a piece of cling film on the work surface and divide a handful of sticky rice on top. Press it downwards, until you've reached a flat rectangle.

Place a line of chicken filling in the middle and close the package. You can also use a sushi mat if you like, make sure the lemper is closed and wrapped tightly. Enjoy!

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