Grilled Turmeric Chicken

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Perfect to match it with tamarind chili sauce and papaya salad on the side..


  • 700 g chicken breast/legs
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Spice paste
  • 25 g turmeric root peeled
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (use the bottom 8cm of the stalk, discard outermost tough layers)
  • 100 g shallots peeled
  • 40 g garlic peeled


  1. To make the spice paste: Using a pestle and mortar, pound turmeric, lemongrass, shallots, garlic grinder until it is well blended.
  2. To prepare the chicken: Marinate the chicken pieces with the salt and spice paste for at least 1 hour or better still, overnight.
  3. To grill the chicken: Pre-heat the oven at 190˚C for 10 minutes. Grill the chicken on the top rack of the oven for 15 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 220˚C and grill for another 5 minutes.
  4. Leave the meat to rest for 10 minutes before slicing them into thick cuts and serve.

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