Gai yang

Gai yang

Thai barbecued chicken

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Ben's BBQ Bible
Serves
4
Photographer
Billy Law

My wife spent some time travelling through northern Thailand and Laos, and she still raves about the street food she ate. I asked her if there were any barbecue recipes that stood out from her travels, and without any hesitation she nominated Thai barbecued chicken.

We both love Thai food, so this recipe often makes an appearance at home, served with steamed sticky rice and Som tam: green papaya salad plus Sweet chilli sauce for extra spice!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1.5 kg chicken, cut into 8 joints, trimmed of fat and excess skin
60ml coconut cream

Marinade

Quantity Ingredient
5 coriander roots, washed and chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled
5 red asian shallots, peeled
1 bird’s eye chilli
1 tablespoon ground turmeric or finely chopped fresh turmeric
2 tablespoons ground white pepper
3-4 tablespoons fish sauce, to taste
2-3 tablespoons palm sugar, to taste

Method

  1. For the marinade, use a heavy mortar and pestle or food processor, and purée the coriander roots, garlic, shallots, chilli and turmeric. Add the pepper, sh sauce and sugar to taste, and mix well.
  2. Rub the marinade into and under the skin of the chicken and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 2–3 hours.
  3. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.
  4. Prepare your barbecue for direct grilling over a medium heat. Just prior to grilling the chicken, add some pre-soaked woodchips. Once they start to smoke, add the chicken. If using gas, heat the woodchips in a smoke box prior to adding the chicken with the gas on high; when the woodchips start to smoke, turn the heat down and start to cook the chicken.
  5. Cook the chicken for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Combine the left-over marinade with the coconut cream and use this to baste the chicken while you cook, turning the pieces frequently to prevent the sugar burning.
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