Indonesian Garlic Chicken

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 15 mins

Wear a sarong and a smile while cooking this delicious chicken. Simple ingredients combine to create an exotic taste that will carry you away to distant lands.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Steam green beans until just tender, and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a saute pan or wok and saute chicken until meat turns white and is cooked through. Set aside.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil and saute garlic, ginger and onion until onion is soft. Do not let garlic burn.
  4. Stir in the green beans.
  5. Add lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, turmeric, salt and water. Let simmer for just a few seconds.
  6. Add chicken pieces and stir until heated through and well coated with sauce.
  7. Serve over rice.


Most Helpful

The chicken had an exotic flavor that reminded me of an Indian type of curry with a predominance of turmeric in the flavoring. It went well with the green beans. A choice condiment to go with this (to make it nicely Indonesian) was Sriracha sauce, or a nice chile pate, the fieryness of which brought out the flavors even more. Thanks for a great dish!

Sue Lau March 25, 2003

While the ingredient list appears to have a lot going on in this dish, both DH & I found the finished product to be surprisingly bland and felt it needed something to wake up the flavors. Thank you Geema for sharing the recipe.

BonnieZ May 27, 2005

Good. A hearty & fairly healthy combination of chicken and green beans with clear, easy to follow instructions. Unfortunately, I found the flavor of the sauce to be too sour. After sampling the finished sauce prepared according to the instructions, I decided to try adjusting the seasonings -adding a bit more sugar, etc. I even tried adding a drizzle of Asian sesame oil as a condiment. This helped some, but I still found the taste to be overly of lime juice and it overpowered the dish for me. I am sorry - perhaps others will enjoy this more, but this just didn't work out for us as well I had expected.

HeatherFeather March 26, 2003

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