Indonesian Chicken Instant Pot

delicious rich and spicy chicken

Chicken made indonesian balinese style - made in a pressure cooker or instant pot

Chicken Betutu is an Indonesian-Balinese dish of steamed or roasted chicken (or duck) in vibrant herb infused paste that is rubbed all over the chicken before cooking.

This famous seasoned and spiced dish is a popular dish in Bali and Lombok, Indonesia.

Resep Ayam Betutu Khas Bali
Watch the video and see how we make this from start to finish - just copy our method and you will make one of the most amazing chicken dishes every. It will amaze your family and friends.

prepare ingredients for chicken betutu

Prepare The Marinate Paste

Roughly chop the shallots, chili (de-seeded) ginger turmeric, and candlenuts (if you have them - else your favorite nut for a little texture) and put in the blender. The strip (see video) the kaffir lime leaf, roughly chop and also add to the blender. Add the lemongrass plus approximately 1 tablespoon of water to help the blender and wet the paste. Blend until smooth - will take about 5 minutes 

Take out the paste and cook in the instant pot (on saute hot).  Add in the other dry ingredients (coriander powder, shrimp powder/paste, salt, pepper, and zedoary (if you have it) Mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Prepare The Chicken

Take out the paste and clean the instant pot bowl - as you will need it to cook the chicken.

Work your fingers under the chicken skin and spread the paste in there and everywhere else on the chicken - liberally.
stuff chicken
wrap chicken

Wrap And Cook The Chicken

Then wrap the chicken in bamboo leaves and tie up with string.

If you do not have bamboo leaves - first, wrap the chicken in parchment paper followed by some foil - and again tie up with string. The parchment paper will not stick to the chicken. 

Then put the trivet and 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot.  Place the wrapped chicken in the instant pot and cook for 45 minutes high pressure and 10 minutes natural release. 

Unwrap the chicken and you are ready to serve.
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bali steamed chicken

Indonesian Chicken Instant Pot

  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: instant pot
  • Cuisine: Indonesian


Indonesian Cusine at its best - Balin Chicken - steamed.



1 Chicken 

3-4 Banana Leaves (If you do not have banana leaves - use parchment paper {baking paper} to first wrpa the chicken and then wrap again with foil. The parchment paper does not stick to the chicken.

6 candle nuts (else you can use almonds)

4 cloves garlic

2 shallots

2 sticks of lemon grass

1 inch turmeric (can use powder)

1 inch ginger

1 inch galangal (if you have it)

1 teaspoon Shrimp paste or powder

2 teaspoons coriander/cilantro powder

2 teaspoons white pepper

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

2 kaffir lime leaves if you have them

1 teaspoon salt





Serve with a salad, rice or your normal roast chicken side dishes


  • Calories: 455

Keywords: indonesian cusine bali balinese

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I'm Rose
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