Ayam Masak Kicap, is a flavorful Malay dish with rich, savory flavors. Here's a simple recipe to make Ayam Masak Kicap.



  • 500g chicken bone–in and skin on pieces (thighs or drumsticks work well) 
    To be washed, cleaned and marinade with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoons of turmeric powder. 
  • ½ cup vegetable oil 
  • 2 medium size potato cut into wedges 
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1 medium onion, cut quarter inch thick crosswise to make rings 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1-inch ginger, thinly sliced 
  • 1 red chili, thinly sliced 
  • 2 bulbs of spring onions chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional) 
  • 1 cup water or chicken broth 
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper 
  • Salt to taste  




Heat the vegetable oil in a pan or wok over medium heat. 
Fry the potato wedges until golden brown, drain and set aside. 

Step 2

In the same pan, fry the marinated chicken until 1/2 cooked, drain and set aside. 
Using the same oil add the chopped onions and sauté until they become soft and translucent. 

Step 3

Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, stirring for another minute until fragrant. 

Step 4

Pour in the soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and oyster sauce (if using).

Step 5

Add in the ½ fried chicken and mix well to coat the chicken evenly with the sauces.
Pour in the water or chicken broth and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. 

Step 6

Add in the fried potato wedges, the onion rings and some cut red chilies and spring onions leaving some for garnish, if desired.  

Step 7

Cover the pan and let the chicken cook in the sauce for about 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender and onion is translucent. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and ensure the chicken pieces are coated with the sauce.  

Once the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thickened to your liking, remove the pan from the heat. 

Step 8

Garnish with spring onions and cut red chilies. 
Serve the Ayam Masak Kicap hot with steamed rice or your favorite side dishes. 


This dish offers a comforting and savory taste, and it's relatively simple to prepare. Feel free to adjust the seasonings and sauces based on your preference for a more personalized flavor. You can use fried eggs, fried tofu or oyster mushroom if you do not like chicken. Enjoy your homemade Masak Kicap dish! 



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