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Banjar Chicken Steak (Ayam Banjar) Recipe

Banjar Chicken Steak (Ayam Banjar) Recipe

Banjar Chicken Steak (Ayam Banjar) Recipe

Long after colonial occupiers left their subjects as independent states, their influences continue to surface as part of everyday life in Indonesia. Banjar Chicken Steak is a succulent reminder of the colonial years. I had a long argument with my mother over this recipe, I couldn’t believe that an Indonesian recipe could possibly include tomato ketchup. She was proven right though, since the Dutch introduced the condiment to Indonesia years ago. Banjarmasin, for which this steak is named, is a small town where my mother grew up on the island of Kalimantan, also known as Borneo. Many of Indonesia’s most famous dishes have originated from this area, where long ago a great amalgamation of Chinese, Dutch, and Indonesians co-existed. One can only imagine the fabulous delicacies that were created between the three peoples.

Ingredients :

    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 lb/ 1 kg)
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick/ 125 g)
    • 2 large onions, peeled and sliced into thick rings


    • 1 cup (250 ml) tomato ketchup
    • 3/4 cup (185 ml) sweet soy sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method :

    1. Rinse the chicken breasts and pat dry with a paper towel. Season both sides evenly with salt and nutmeg. In a non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Pan-fry the chicken breasts in the butter for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side until golden brown.
    2. While the chicken is cooking, in a separate small pot, place all the ingredients for the sauce on high heat and bring to a vigorous simmer while stirring. Immediately take off the heat. Set aside.
    3. Once the chicken is done, immediately arrange on a serving plate. In the same skillet that the chicken was cooked in, sauté the onion rings on high heat in the remaining bits of butter from the chicken. If the skillet is too dry, simply add a few tablespoons of olive oil or butter. Allow the onion rings to caramelize for 1 minute or so on each side. Place onion rings on top of the chicken steaks. Glaze with the Steak Sauce and serve immediately.