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Authentic Recipe of Ayam Taliwang. Mouthwatering Indonesian Traditional Taliwang Grilled Chicken.

This authentic Ayam Taliwang chicken recipe is curated and locally sourced from the natives. This dish will bring you joy every time you make it!

Things to know about Ayam Taliwang Recipe

The Taliwang roast chicken originated from the Taliwang village in the West Nusa Tenggara region. This dish uses a young free-range chicken roasted with a mix of spices. The combination of the tender and juicy chicken and the fragrant and flavorful blend of spices is something you don’t often see.

This dish is invented during a warring period on the lesser Sunda Island of Indonesia in the past. The Taliwang people are tasked to be the peacemaker between the Karangasem Kingdom and the Selaparang Kingdom. It is created by the Taliwang chefs using a spice blend that is well-suited to the citizens of both kingdoms.

Their effort proved successful, as the two kingdoms at war agreed to sign a peace deal. This dish singlehandedly brought peace to the two kingdoms at war.

Mouthwatering Indonesian Traditional Taliwang Grilled Chicken. Authentic Recipe of Ayam Taliwang.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Ayam Taliwang
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Main Cooking Method Grilled – BBQ


Servings 4 Portions
Calories / Serving 14 kcal


  • 1 whole Chicken Free-range
  • 1 pc Key Lime – West Indian Lime – Bartender's Lime – Omani Lime – Mexican Lime
  • 1500 ml (50.72 floz) Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
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Blended Spices

  • 10 pcs Red Chili Pepper
  • 10 pcs Red Bird’s Eye Chili Pepper
  • 8 cloves Shallot Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 thumb Fresh Galangal – Kencur – Aromatic Ginger – Kaempferia Galanga – Sand Ginger – Cutcherry – Resurrection Lily
  • 1 pc Tomato
  • 1 tsp Shrimp Paste – Terasi Variety – Indonesian Fermented Shrimp Paste



  • Clean the chicken from any excess feathers, and butterfly the chicken, laying it flat on a large container.
  • Season the chicken with salt and lime juice. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Blended Spices

  • Into a hot non-stick pan, add all the chili peppers, garlic, kencur, shallots, and Indonesian shrimp paste and roast until fragrant or a little bit burned.
  • Then, to a food processor, add the roasted spices along with the tomato and blend into a smooth paste.
  • Divide into two separate bowls and save half for later.


  • Into a wok, add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil, and bring to heat
  • Fry half of the blended spices until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken into the wok, and add the water. Season it well with salt and sugar.
  • Cook on low heat until most of the water is gone and the chicken is tender.
  • Then, into a very hot cast iron skillet or a non-stick pan, grill the chicken while applying a generous coating of the remaining blended spices.
  • Grill until the chicken developed a nice crust on the outside, and the dish is ready to be served.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 14kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 645mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Ayam Taliwang Recipe, Indonesian Traditional Taliwang Grilled Whole Chicken
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Cooking tip for making Ayam Taliwang

You can cut the chicken into smaller sizes instead of butterflying it, ensuring even cooking.

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What to serve with Ayam Taliwang?

The Taliwang Grilled Chicken is best served with warm white rice and some Lalapan, the Indonesian side dish similar to a salad containing cucumber, basil, cabbage, etc.

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