|Place of origin||Indonesia|
|Region or state||Maritime Southeast Asia|
|Associated national cuisine||Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore|
|Main ingredients||Chicken, turmeric, garlic, shallots and other spices deep fried in coconut oil|
Ayam goreng is an Indonesian dish consisting of chicken deep fried in oil. Ayam goreng literally means "fried chicken" in Malay (including both Indonesian and Malaysian standards). Unlike the Southern United States-style fried chicken, this Southeast Asian version is neither coated in batter nor flour, but rather seasoned rich in various spices.
The spice mixture may vary among regions, but usually it consists of a combination of ground shallot, garlic, Indian bay leaves, turmeric, lemongrass, tamarind juice, candlenut, galangal, salt and sugar. The chicken pieces are soaked and marinated in spice mixture for some time prior to frying, for the chicken to absorb the spices. The marination process might include heating the chicken in ground spices to assist the spice absorption. Most often prior to deep frying, ayam goreng is already half-cooked with yellowish colour tinted of turmeric. In Javanese, this process is called ungkep.
The chicken is then deep fried in an ample amount of hot cooking oil, either palm or coconut oil. The chicken is well-fried until golden yellow. Some variant such as Javanese ayam goreng kremes might add the deep fried spiced flour as crispy granules. While in other recipes, these tasty granules is acquired from fried grated galangal or coconut (serundeng).
Ayam goreng is usually served with steamed rice, sambal terasi (chili with shrimp paste) or sambal kecap (sliced chili and shallot in sweet soy sauce) as a dipping sauce or condiment and slices of cucumber and tomato for garnish. Fried tempeh and tofu might be added as side dishes.
There are many recipes of ayam goreng, among the popular ones are:
In Indonesia and Malaysia various style of foreign fried chicken is often also called as ayam goreng. Common Southern United States fried chicken is often called ayam goreng tepung or flour-battered or breaded fried chicken. Common McDonald's fried chicken is marketed as "Ayam Goreng McD" in Malaysia.