Ayam Panggang: Indonesian BBQ Chicken

3 lb Broiler chicken 1/2 ts Grated fresh ginger
1 c Kecap (or ketjap) manis* 1 ts Sambal oelek**
2 Garlic cloves 1 pk Kroepoek oedang***
-- peeled and mashed Cornstarch to thicken
2 tb Fresh lime juice -- marinade for sauce
1/2 c Melted, unsalted butter

*Sweet soy sauce.

**Hot pepper sauce.

***Shrimp puffs.

Note: Ingredients from Indonesia are available at many Dutch, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Indonesian specialty stores. This...dish is good with Nasi
Goreng (fried rice).

Cut chicken into 8 pieces. Combine remaining ingredients, except shrimp
puffs, in large bowl. Add chicken pieces; toss to coat. Marinate 2 hours
at room temperature, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken pieces from
marinade (reserving some of the marinade for basting and the rest for
sauce).

Roast, uncovered, at 400 F. for 35 to 40 minutes or until done, basting as
needed. If browning too quickly, cover with foil. (In summer, barbecue
over charcoal fire.)

Heat reserved marinade with cornstarch until thickened and serve as sauce,
if desired. Serve with shrimp puffs on the side. For these, simply
deep-fry in hot fat or oil (375 F. on fat thermometer), draining at once on
paper towels. The chips will puff up as soon as they hit the fat.

Yield: 4 servings on its own, 6 as part of an Indonesian rice table.

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