Like many Brits the weather has been a hot topic over the last few weeks or should I say a sub zero . Battling the wind, rain and grey dull days in the middle of may has not been fun. With the need for sunshine, a taste of the exotic, the Boyfriend & I decide to embark on BBQ. Yep I said BBQ, umbrellas, waterproof and anchors required!
Inspired by our recent trip to Thailand we took a leaf out of Bill Granger’s Everyday Asian; Thai barbecued yellow chicken. I would imagine that this sort of marinade would work really well with all cuts of chicken. Breast would work well skewered with wedges of lime, Spatchcock would also work well, however we used thigh and drumstick. Not only are they cheap but also tend not to dry out to much when barbecued.
The marinade consists of really simple ingredients that can be picked up from any supermarket. If you are planning on doing a lot of Thai cooking I would invest in some fresh turmeric. We managed to pick some up from our local Asian supermarket and decided that the frozen turmeric was best as it would be easy just to nip to the freezer to get what we need for curry’s etc.
After bashing up three cloves of garlic we added, 1 Tablespoon of palm sugar, 3 Tablespoon of fish sauce, 2 of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric or (grated fresh turmeric) and 1 Tablespoon of ground coriander. Mix all the ingredients together and leave the chicken to marinade for upwards of an hour. The smell took us right back to the heart of Bangkok amongst the vibrancy and chaos of the streets full of vendors.
Holiday revisited, we opened the door to peak at the mid May weather- grey but not wet, blowing a hooli absolutely! Whilst Dave fired up the Barbie I did the same with the oven- this BBQ had a two pronged approach. As we didn’t want to spend any longer outside than completely necessary and not wanting to add food poisoning to an already miserable day we pre-cooked the chicken in the oven. Just as the skin started to crisp Dave bravely went where no man has gone before…….to char chicken under the shelter of the garage door. Boyfriend returned safely from the wilds (slightly wind swept) with a plate of delicious, juicy, slightly charred chicken.
We served the chicken with the BBQ sweet corn, charred lime (which can be drizzled over the corn with salt, butter & chilli) and a crunchy crisp salad. There you have it, Thai barbecued yellow chicken a taste of Bangkok at your back-door on a chilli May day.