Air Fryer Spicy Red Chilli Paste Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, Indonesian Style

Air Fryer Spicy Red Chilli Paste Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, Indonesian Style

Indonesian cuisine is celebrated for its rich and diverse flavours, often incorporating a harmonious blend of sweet, spicy, and savoury elements. This recipe for Spicy Red Chilli Paste Grilled Chicken Drumsticks captures the essence of Indonesian cooking. Using a blend of traditional spices and the convenience of an air fryer, this dish offers a healthier alternative to the classic grilled chicken. The spicy red chilli paste, a staple in Indonesian kitchens, provides a deep, fiery flavour that is both exhilarating and addictive. Perfect for family meals or gatherings, this dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.



  • Chicken Drumsticks: 1 kg
  • Red Chilli Paste: 3 tablespoons
  • Garlic Cloves: 4, minced
  • Shallots: 2, finely chopped
  • Ginger: 2 cm piece, grated
  • Lemongrass: 1 stalk, finely minced
  • Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce): 2 tablespoons
  • Tamarind Paste: 1 teaspoon
  • Brown Sugar: 2 tablespoons
  • Lime Juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Coconut Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon


Marination (Duration: 1-4 hours)

  • In a bowl, combine red chilli paste, minced garlic, chopped shallots, grated ginger, minced lemongrass, kecap manis, tamarind paste, brown sugar, lime juice, coconut oil, and salt. Mix well to create the marinade.
  • Add the chicken drumsticks to the marinade, ensuring each piece is thoroughly coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably 4 hours for better flavor absorption.


  • Preheat the air fryer to 200°C (392°F).
  • Arrange the marinated drumsticks in the air fryer basket without overcrowding. Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes, then flip the drumsticks and continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes, or until fully cooked and crispy on the outside.
  • Ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches at least 75°C (165°F) using a meat thermometer.


  • Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes after cooking.
  • Serve hot, garnished with lime wedges and a side of steamed rice or fresh salad.

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  • For a less intense heat, reduce the amount of red chilli paste.
  • Marinating overnight can intensify the flavors significantly.
  • Keep an eye on the chicken to prevent overcooking, as air fryer temperatures can vary.

Enjoy your flavorful and spicy Air Fryer Spicy Red Chilli Paste Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, Indonesian Style!


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