Kai Yang Bangkok

You can grill it on a bbq, or you can roast it in the oven.  Both methods result on an interesting, tangy dish.

Serves 4-6

  • 2 frying chickens, (about 3 1/2 pounds each) split in half
  • 1 can (14 oz) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons yellow curry paste or 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed chopped cilantro, including the stems
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon white pepper

Marinate:

  1. Place the chicken halves, skin side up in a shallow roasting pan.
  2. Lightly score the chicken to allow the marinade to penetrate.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Combine the coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, garlic, cilantro, sugar and pepper in a blender.
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Pour the marinade over the chicken halves, then turn them skin side down.
  7. Spoon some of the marinade into the cavities.
  8. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight, turning occasionally to coat each half.

Grill

  1. Build a hot charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill.
  2. Arrange the chicken halves on the grill and cook for about 30 minutes or until the juices run clear when you pierce the leg joint with a fork.
  3. Turn the chicken now and then and baste frequently with the marinade.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and chop into serving pieces with a cleaver or heavy chef’s knife. Each chicken half can yield 5 pieces

Alternative Roasting method:

  1. Roast the chicken, meat side up, in a 425F215C oven for about 40 minutes, or until the juices run clear when you pierce leg joint with a fork.
  2. Baste once or twice during the roasting.
  3. When the chicken is done, place it under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp the skin and give it a bit of char.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and chop into serving pieces with a cleaver or heavy chef’s knife. Each chicken half can yield 5 pieces.

 

Arrange the chicken pieces on a large serving platter and serve hot, warm or at room temperature with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce.

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