Easy and Delicious Chicken Soto Recipe

Easy, Delicious and Appetizing Chicken Soto Recipe

Discussing Indonesian cuisine is endless. There are so many variations of cuisines from all over the archipelago that are deliciously appetizing and second to none. Each region from Sabang to Merauke has a different type and taste of cuisine. One of the favorite types of dishes that are most often found in many regions is soto ayam. Basically, soto is in the form of a yellow soup dish containing shredded chicken, soun, cabbage, bean sprouts, tomato slices, boiled eggs and so on, which is very delicious when served with white rice, with the addition of chili sauce and soy sauce as well as a sprinkle of celery and fried onions. The menu of soto ayam also varies in each region, so we know many types of chicken soto, including Soto Kudus, Soto Lamongan, Soto Madura, and so on. Each region has its own way of cooking soto. Spices, ingredients and cooking modes are also varied. This article will discuss some chicken soto recipes. Interested in trying it yourself at home? Check out the ingredients and how to cook it.

Specialty of Soto Ayam Dish

Although soto has mushroomed to be sold by merchants, from carts or roadside tents, food stalls, to restaurants, there is nothing wrong if you make your own soto at home. Just use some simple cooking ingredients and seasonings that are easy to get, you can already make delicious soto for the family.

How to process it is not too complicated. The main ingredient is chicken meat. You can use broiler chickens or native chickens. The processing time is usually quite long. First, so that there is no rancid smell from the chicken meat. Second, so that the texture of the chicken meat is more tender and delicious, and tastes savory, the chicken broth.

The key to the deliciousness of soto is in the soup. To get a delicious soup, there are a few things that we need to pay attention to. For example, the freshness of chickens. Make sure the chicken we choose is still fresh, avoid using chicken that has been stored in the freezer for months until the colour of the meat changes.

Next is the spice or spice that we use. Especially for the clear chicken soto recipe, the spices we use are not too much. Some of them are onion, garlic, pecan, turmeric, and ginger as fine spices, and are complemented by a few strands of orange leaves, bay leaves, and lemongrass stems.

Tips for Cooking Chicken Soto

The following are the steps to cook chicken soup along with tips for cooking it correctly.

1. Prepare the ingredients

Prepare in advance all the ingredients, including chicken meat, and the spices are onion, garlic, turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, bay leaf and so on. To make soto, choose old chicken meat, which is usually denser in meat texture, because it will produce a more savory broth and is suitable to be a complement to shredded chicken soto.

2. Tips for boiling chicken

Prepare the chicken that has been thoroughly washed and cut into several pieces, then boil it in a saucepan. Put the chicken in while the water is still cold so that the chicken pores are open and the whole chicken juice comes out to the maximum. If there is foam collecting on the surface of the water, remove it immediately because this is dirt and fat.

3. Sauté the spices

While boiling the chicken, puree the soto seasonings ranging from onion, garlic, turmeric, pecan, ginger and pepper. In addition to fine spices, also prepare complementary seasonings, such as lemongrass, galangal, bay leaf, orange leaf. All these spices are sautéed until fragrant and cooked and then remove from heat and set aside.

Put the sautéed fine spices in the boiling chicken boiled water, then cook over medium heat for 1 hour. Remove the chicken, then fry for a while, and set aside. If the chicken has cooled, then the chicken is shredded. Meanwhile, keep cooking the chicken broth soup that has been mixed with stir-frying spices. Shortly before the soup is finish cooking, add salt, sugar, flavoring, as well as sliced tomatoes and leeks.

4. Prepare complementary ingredients

Prepare complementary ingredients of soto, such as soun, boiled eggs, bean sprouts, and finely chopped cabbage. Combine these filling ingredients into a bowl, don’t forget to complete them with the shredded chicken meat just now.

Water with the soup soto that is still hot, then serve it. Soto can also be equipped with chili sauce, sweet soy sauce and a little lime juice to make the taste fresher. Don’t forget to sprinkle with finely sliced celery as well as sliced garlic and fried shallots. You can also add other complements according to taste, for example thinly sliced and fried potatoes, chips, crackers, and so on.

5. Make the Chili Sauce

Eating soto is not complete if you don’t add chili sauce. The spiciness of the chili sauce makes the appetite increase. The following is a recipe for sambal soto.


  • 10 grains of red cayenne pepper
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • Salt to taste

How to make :

  1. Ulek or juice chili and garlic until smooth,
  2. Add salt to taste, mix well.
  3. Serve as a complement to soto.

Variations of Chicken Soto Recipe

There are many versions of the chicken soup recipe, some are clear soup, and some are rice. Clear soup chicken soup is most often found and is usually a favorite of many people because of the fresh and savory taste of the soup. Here are five kinds of chicken soto recipes that you can try yourself at home.

Homemade-style Clear Chicken Soup Soto Recipe


  • Chickens 1 head
  • Cabbage 200 grams, thinly sliced
  • Soun 50 grams, with hot water
  • Orange leaves 3 pieces
  • Bay leaf 2 pieces
  • Ripe bean sprouts 200 grams
  • Potatoes 4 pieces, clean and thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes 2 pieces, divide into 6 parts
  • Pecan 4 pieces
  • Boiled chicken eggs 3 eggs, sliced into 4 parts
  • Water 2 Liters
  • Fried onions 50 grams
  • Pepper 1/2 tsp
  • Lemongrass 2 stems
  • Lime 1 piece, divide into 8 parts
  • Leeks 1 stem, finely sliced
  • Galangal 25 grams
  • Cooking oil 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric 2 cm
  • Ginger 15 grams
  • Shallots 3 pieces
  • Garlic 2 cloves
  • Salt 2 tbsp

How to cook :

  1. Puree pecans, ginger, turmeric, garlic and onions. Then add salt and pepper.
  2. Sauté the mashed spices. Enter bay leaf, orange leaf, galangal and lemongrass. Sauté until fragrant and set aside.
  3. Boil water. After boiling put the sautéed spices.
  4. Put the chicken inside. Boil the gravy to a boil and the chicken until cooked through. Add pepper and salt to taste.
  5. Take out the chicken, separate the chicken meat and bones. Set the chicken meat aside and then put the chicken bones in the soup again.
  6. Put the finely sliced leeks in the gravy.
  7. On the other hand, fry the sliced potatoes thinly. Set aside.
  8. The chicken meat that had been stewed just now, fried it until browned, and then shredded chicken into small pieces.
  9. Put the rice or rice cake into a bowl. Sprinkle cabbage, bean sprouts, french fries, soun, a slice of tomato, eggs, and chicken meat. Pour enough soup soto into a bowl. Sprinkle fried onions and put slices of lime on top.

Coconut Milk Soup Chicken Soup Recipe


  • Native chickens 1 head, divided into 4 parts
  • Bay leaf 2 pieces
  • Galangal 2 cm, bruised
  • Ginger 2 cm, bruised
  • Lemongrass 2 stems, bruise
  • Salt 4 tsp
  • Granulated sugar 1 1/2 tsp
  • Liquid coconut milk 500 ml
  • Thick coconut milk 250 ml
  • Cooking oil
  • Shallots 20 grains
  • Garlic 5 cloves
  • Coriander 1/2 tbsp
  • Pepper 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric 3 cm, burn for a while
  • Fried onions 50 g
  • Leeks 1 stem, finely sliced
  • Bean sprouts 200 gr, clean and steam until cooked
  • Potatoes 4 pieces, clean, thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes 2 pieces, divide into 6 parts
  • Soun 50 g, with hot water
  • Chicken eggs 3 eggs, boil until cooked then sliced into 4 parts

How to make :

  1. Puree the soto spices first, namely; onions, garlic, coriander, pepper, and turmeric.
  2. Sauté the mashed spices with 2 tbsp cooking oil.
  3. Put bay leaf, galangal, ginger and lemongrass. Sauté until fragrant.
  4. Add the chicken meat then stir until the chicken meat is cooked.
  5. Then pour liquid coconut milk water, salt and granulated sugar. Stir to boil. Turn off the heat and remove the chicken.
  6. Fry to dry the sliced potatoes thinly. Set aside in a sealed container.
  7. Fry the chicken until browned. Then shredded chicken meat into small pieces.
  8. Pour thick coconut milk water into the first soup stew. Boil while stirring to a boil.
  9. Chicken soto can be served with rice or soto. First put the rice or rice cake into a bowl.
  10. Put bean sprouts, french fries, soun, 1 slice of tomato, 1 slice of egg, and chicken meat.
  11. Pour enough coconut milk chicken soup into a bowl.
  12. Sprinkle fried onions into a bowl and put slices of lime on top.
  13. Coconut milk chicken soup is ready to be served. Complete the soto by serving sweet soy sauce, chili sauce, and crackers.

Those are some recipes and tips in cooking chicken soup. Are you interested in trying yourself at home? Happy cooking!

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