Ayan Percik is a chicken dish from the Kelantan area of Malaysia. The chicken is marinaded with a blend of herbs and spices. The marinade has a lovely complex, chilli sweet flavour. Making it at home would involved trawling around a lot of shops to get the authentic ingredients. Worldfoods makes a lovely Coconut and Chilli marinade that can be used to make this delicious chicken dish incredibly quickly.
I used it this week to make a quick Ayam Percik, served with steamed rice which I topped with a tiny bit of finely chopped fried onion.
The recipe calls for marinading chicken breast or thigh for 30 minutes or more. It is advised that you use a mix of yoghurt/sour cream with the marinade if you prefer a less spicy finish… I used sour cream with the marinade in a 50/50 mix and it was lovely though next time will try a bit spicier. I marinaded the chicken overnight to ensure it was really infused with the spices.
Then you can either barbeque, grill or pan-fry the chicken and serve with rice. I used sticky jasmine rice and scattered with some chopped coriander. All in all it took around 15 to 20 minutes.
Very easy and very tasty. I would suggest if you pan fry (as I did) that you seal it in the pan and finish off in the oven to allow the chicken to stay moist.
The marinade is fresh tasting and has no artificial additives, and I would really recommend this as a good way of injecting some variety into weeknight suppers!