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Grilled Thai Chicken

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Serves four.

Yields 3-1/2 to 4 cups shredded meat.

Serve the chicken with jasmine rice and Sweet & Sour Sauce. Cook extra rice if you plan to make fried rice with the leftovers.

For the marinade:
  • 15 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 Tbs. white peppercorns, toasted and ground
  • 3/4 cup minced cilantro stems (from about 1 large bunch)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
For the chicken:
  • 1 chicken, 3-1/2 to 4 pounds, preferably kosher, fat trimmed and discarded, chicken rinsed and thoroughly patted dry
  • Vegetable or olive oil spray

Make the marinade: In a food processor, mince the garlic with the salt. Add the ground coriander seeds, ground peppercorns, cilantro stems, soy sauce, and oil; purée until completely blended, 1 to 2 minutes. You'll have about 1 cup marinade. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and set aside (refrigerate it if you're working ahead).

Prepare the chicken: Butterfly the chicken as shown in the photos. Rinse the chicken and dry it with paper towels.

Grilled Thai Chicken Recipe
To butterfly a chicken, position the chicken breast side down. With poultry shears or a sharp chef's knife, cut along one side of the backbone and then down the other. Discard the backbone.
Grilled Thai Chicken Recipe
Turn the chicken over and press firmly on the center of the breast. You'll need to break the sternum and some ribs for it to lie flat.

Gently separate the breast and thigh skin from the flesh and slip a bit of the marinade under the skin. Then put the chicken and the rest of the marinade in a large zip-top bag, seal the bag, and massage it to distribute the marinade all over the chicken. Marinate the chicken refrigerated, for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours. Half an hour or so before grilling, take the chicken out of the refrigerator, remove it from the bag, and put it on a platter.

Grill the chicken: Prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire with the coals banked to one side or heat a gas grill to high on one side and medium-low on the other.

Spray the chicken generously with the vegetable oil spray and set it, breast side down, on the hottest part of the grill. Cook the chicken uncovered, turning once, until the skin has deep golden grill marks, 7 to 10 minutes. Move the chicken to the cooler side of the grill. Cover the grill and grill the chicken indirectly, turning every 5 minutes or so, until the juices run clear when the spot between the thigh and breast is pricked and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers at least 165°F, another 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and tent with foil. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with Sweet & Sour Sauce or let the chicken cool completely and pick off the meat to use in other recipes.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings with skin; Calories (kcal): 490; Fat (g): fat g 28; Fat Calories (kcal): 260; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 8; Protein (g): protein g 53; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 2; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 7; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 540; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 210; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Amy Albert (top), Scott Phillips

This was soooo moist and tremendously flavorful. All three of my young sons loved it. Served with rice, the sweet and sour sauce/salad dressing and naan. Will definstely make again.

This is always a hit with any guests and a family favorite. I always grill 2 Chickens, as the recipes using the leftovers are also delicious!

I found the flavour to be quite bland and would just use plain roasted chicken in the other thai dishes.

Fabulous recipe for chicken. I have grilled the chicken and used the marinade to marinate chicken thighs which I steam. I rarely use a whole chicken since there's always a fight over who gets the legs & thighs, so I use leg quarters when grilling the chicken. This is a delightful way to liven up a backyard BBQ!

This is fabulous and is much easier to make than it appears. The salad dressing using the dipping sauce is a winner as well. Make this, you won't be disappointed.

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