Barbecued Indonesian Chicken

The 4th of July is the holiday of holidays for me. From the parades, to the barbecues, to the pie eating contests, to the fireworks and sparklers, I love it all. Each year I am decked out in more red, white and blue than the American flag.

When The Husband I were first married, we hosted a large 4th of July party. Rain or shine, about 100 guests would mingle, drink, and eat brats, burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, cole slaw, brownies, cookies, and ice cream. I was in all my 4th of July glory when we had this party.

We have not thrown our patriotic shindig in about 12 years. As time has gone by, we have moved twice since our 4th of July partying days. We are not living near our families or the friends we grew up with. We have made many new friends at our current home, and each year we put together some kind of 4th of July festivities. The Husband knows that we need to make this holiday something special or I will just be out of sorts for the day.

Barbecued Indonesian Chicken would be a welcome addition to any 4th of July party. Start marinading the chicken early in the day or better yet the night before. I recommend using bone-in chicken which yields the most tender and tasty chicken. Serve with Soy Slaw, homemade focaccia, and corn on the cob.

Get your grills and tongs ready. It is almost the 4th of July!!

Barbecued Indonesian Chicken

serves about 5 - 6

1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
juice of 1 lime

10 - 12 pieces of bone-in, skinless chicken (I used 2 breasts and 10 drumsticks)

In a bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Place chicken in a resealable bag(s) and add the marinade. Refrigerate for 4 - 6 hours or even overnight.

Heat a grill to medium high. Remove chicken from marinade and grill for about 20 - 30 minutes or until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the grill and serve.

: If using mostly breast pieces, double the marinade.

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Creative Classroom Core said...

This sounds like a really tasty dish for the grill! How perfect for a summer bbq! Thanks for sharing!

kat said...

That chicken sounds fabulous! We so love those flavors. Have a happy 4th!

maris said...

This looks so good! A nice twist to traditional barbecued chicken. Just what I like!

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Patsyk said...

Love the look of that chicken! What a fun addition to your July 4th festivities!

MaryBeth said...

I can smell this cooking on the BBQ...and let me just say it smells awesome

Annie said...

All 4th of July parties have dwindled down in my group of friends and family over the years. I miss them!
The chicken looks super yummy!

Robin Sue said...

Love that big amount of ginger in there! Will have to add this to my menu this week.

Colleen said...

I have recently come to love all these flavors - I need to try this!

Peter M said...

Cumin when it hits the grill becomes something awesome. I'm all for lots of ginger too!

Jeff said...

Flipping drooling over here. Love grill shots!!!!! Oh man and I agree with Peter cumin hits that grill and I start to do a happy dance!

Anonymous said...

how is this indonesian?

amycaseycooks said...

anonymous - Thanks for the question. Traditional Indonesian cuisine relies on hot, salty, sweet and sour flavors. Soy sauce add richness to hot and cold dishes, and are used in marinades and as a condiment.

Richly-flavored Indonesian curries rely on ground spices such as cumin, coriander and turmeric. These spices are also used in sauces and marinades. Other common seasonings include garlic, ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, basil, cilantro, tamarind, and lemon and lime juices.

My recipe includes many ingredients typical in Indonesian cooking - chicken, soy sauce, garlic, lime juice, and cumin. Therefore, the name Indonesian was used in the title of the recipe.

Indonesia Eats said...

Just a suggestion, it would be great to throw kecap manis in to make a real Indonesian flavour. Absolutely, the chicken looked great