Indonesian Grilled Chicken Recipe

Indonesian Grilled Chicken
I whipped up a batch of Indonesian Grilled Chicken for dinner tonight.  My six year old (Little Foodie) is quite fussy.  It isn’t that she doesn’t love healthy foods, heck the bulk of her diet is raw fruits and veggies.  Put a chocolate chip cookie and a thick slice of raw sweet potato on the counter, it won’t be the cookie that disappears.  Where her child eating grilled chickenfussiness becomes an issue is in finding protein sources she likes.  Peanut butter, frozen yogurt sticks and grilled chicken are about all she will deem edible in that arena.

I found an old  recipe for Indonesian Coriander-Honey Chicken on the Cooking Light website (, and it looked like something we would both enjoy with just a few tweaks (my version is below).

Little Foodie has a thing about mixed textures.  She likes glazes on chicken, but no crunchy surprises and such, like most kids she can only take so much heat as well.  To suit her peculiar discerning tastes, I used natural peanut butter instead of crushed nuts, and made the marinade a little less spicy and a little more sweet.  After eating the finished results, I think most people would prefer this sweetness to spice ratio over the original.

What did Little Foodie think of it?  Well, I caught her circling the platter containing the rest of the chicken while I was photographing.  By this point, the chicken was cool enough for her, so I told her to go ahead and take a piece.  She took the opportunity to snag the platter and settle in at the dining table with some iPad games.  The platter was soon empty.  Yes, she is having a growth spurt.

indonesian chicken marinadeChicken in Indonesian marinade

Indonesian Grilled Chicken Recipe
Recipe type: entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 1½ lbs. chicken, tenders or breast sliced to size of tenders
  • 2 tbs natural peanut butter (the kind that separates)
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs dried coriander (better known as cilantro)
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tsp Thai red curry paste
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs Ponzu sauce
  • 2 tbs rice wine vinegar
  1. Whisk together marinade ingredients until well blended.
  2. Add chicken and mix to coat completely. Allow to marinate a minimum of 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat the grill.
  4. Place the strips of chicken on the grill and reduce heat to medium.
  5. Turn after a few minutes. The chicken should be fully cooked in 10-15 minutes depending on size to the chicken pieces and how hot the grill is.

Indonesian Chicken


  1. says

    This looks so good. If I were to make this for someone with nut allergies what would you suggest I sub the pb with?

    • Robin Gagnon says

      Sunflower butter. It is what I gave my daughter while she was a toddler, just in case she had allergies. It is pretty tasty.

      • Robin Gagnon says

        you could toss sunflower seeds in food processor, the original recipe this was based off did that with the peanuts

  2. says

    Although I don’t eat meat, I might fix something like this for my son – he has gotten into a chicken craze!

  3. says

    I’ve made a simpler version of this {it had PB, soy sauce & honey} & it was amazing- I can only imagine how it’d be spiced up! I’m going to have to make this.

  4. says

    I need to try this. I am starting to get tired of the same-ole, same-ole chicken recipes that I use. Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    I’ve tried lots of different cuisines before but never Indonesian, which I find odd since I grew up with quite a few Indonesian friends.

  6. says

    Food and photography look Wonderful! I also learned that sunflower butter exists reading through the comments. I don’t have any allergies but I really want to try it now.

  7. says

    I bet my husband would love this, those are his favorite flavors.

  8. says

    I love Indonesian food. Not many places offer it, so this is a great way to try it at home.

  9. says

    It’s nice to know that this recipe is kid friendly. My boys don’t like anything with a lot of heat and spice either.

  10. says

    I’ve never thought about using Peanut butter in a marinate. That is interesting.

  11. says

    This looks delicious and so different from anything I already make.

  12. says

    Your picky little eater going for more and more is quite the sales pitch for the recipe (although I was already interested). 😉

  13. says

    Oh my, this sounds divine! I love (and only buy) natural peanut butter, too. Gonna try this soon!

  14. says

    You had me at peanut butter and curry. Sounds like a fun blend.

  15. says

    I don’t know a single person on earth who loves peanut butter more than I do, however, I am surprisingly not a fan of it in savory dishes. I do think my kids would absolutely love this chicken!

  16. says

    This looks really really good! I bet my husband would love it!

  17. says

    This looks so good! I love that it sounds so simple to make.

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