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Peppery Turmeric and Lemongrass Chicken

Peppery Turmeric and Lemongrass Chicken

Peppery Turmeric and Lemongrass Chicken

Marinades and spice rubs can make or break meat grilled on the BBQ and there is no better place to look for inspiring flavours than the street food of SE Asia where vendors grill their skewered offerings over small smoky fires and sell them for a few loose coins.

Those humble vendors are masters of flavour balance, knowing the exact quantity of hot, sweet and salty ingredients to add to their marinade to balance out their secret blend of aromatic herbs and spices. Many have been in the business for decades, proof they know what they’re doing.

I make no claim to this spice bomb being authentic, nor can I attribute it to a particular cuisine. I confess the combination of ingredients was inspired by a recipe I saw on FB. The temperatures in Brisbane are on the rise so I’m keenly watching out for ideas to help with the preparation of quick, do-ahead delicious meals to get me through the long hot summer.

Turmeric is currently being promoted as a wondrous anti inflammatory so I’m trying to include it as much as possible in my diet to counteract the swollen joints in my fingers. I know they’ll never reduce from their current size by maybe, just maybe I can prevent them from getting worse, and if it means eating more Indian food, more food inspired by SE Asia then I’ll be doubly happy.

The marinade preparation is fairly straightforward. The ingredients can be blitzed in a food mill or for a more authentic experience, pounded in a pestle. The chicken is then best left in the marinade  for 24 hours before skewering and handing to the grillmaster to BBQ.

Steam some rice, make a salad of Asian greens and crack open icy cold beer.  Dinner’s done.

Peppery Turmeric and Lemongrass Chicken (serves 2)

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

3 fat coriander roots, scraped and chopped

40g peeled turmeric root

2 stems lemongrass, tender centres only

20g peeled ginger root

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon fish sauce (nam pla)

4 boneless chicken thighs, halved

8 bamboo skewers soaked for 30 minutes

extra freshly ground black pepper

Pound the peppercorns into a coarse powder then set aside.

Pound the coriander root, turmeric, lemongrass and ginger into a coarse paste.

Add the sugar and fish sauce and pound to incorporate. Incorporate the round pepper.

Put the chicken into a non reactive dish, pour over the marinade and massage into the chicken.

Chill overnight.

Thread one piece of chicken onto each skewer, then top generously with extra freshly cracked black pepper.

Grill until cooked through and nicely charred.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

31 comments on “Peppery Turmeric and Lemongrass Chicken

  1. Archana
    December 5, 2016

    Beautiful blog and delicious recipes!! Will be trying out these yummy lemongrass chicken soon!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 5, 2016

      Thanks Archana, I love feedback, let me know how you like it, or any changes you make to suit your palate

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  2. ChgoJohn
    December 2, 2016

    I always learn so much when I visit your site, Sandra. I’ve never seen coriander root here but, then again, I’ve not been looking for it. I have seen lemongrass but aside from throwing a stalk into the stockpot, I’ve never really used it. This method of preparing chicken for the grill sounds wonderful and your mention of the street vendors reminds me of Bangkok. Thank you for that. 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 2, 2016

      That’s a nice compliment, thanks John. Here, bunches of coriander come with their roots attached as in Asia, no part is wasted.

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  3. StefanGourmet
    November 22, 2016

    Love this, sounds delicious. I think the marinade will also tenderize the chicken somewhat. Love that you use fresh turmeric root.

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  4. chefceaser
    November 21, 2016

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser and commented:
    Use Kosher Chicken

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  5. chef mimi
    November 20, 2016

    This recipe looks and sounds wonderful! But what the heck are coriander roots?

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    • ladyredspecs
      November 20, 2016

      Coriander roots are just that. The coriander is harvested by pulling the whole plant from the soil. It has a small fibrous tap root which is packed full of flavour. You could substitute some chopped coriander

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  6. I am always looking for new easy ways to spice up chicken, I’ve pinned this one. Sounds delicious.

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  7. Moya
    November 18, 2016

    Love the combination of flavors Sandra and the chicken looks delicious 🙂

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  8. Linda Duffin
    November 17, 2016

    Lovely, Sandra, those look the business. Great combination of flavours. Hope the turmeric helps your condition. All the best, Linda.

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  9. Jess
    November 17, 2016

    Turmeric is a spice I’ve really been using more of myself, it’s just fantastic, especially with chicken. These chicken skewers look really fantastic, thanks for sharing 🙂

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  10. Darya
    November 17, 2016

    Sipping my smoothie (with fresh turmeric root) as I read this. I’ve read that pepper + turmeric actually enhances the benefits of turmeric. This looks and sounds delicious; I love the flavors and the simplicity of this dish, and I hope it contributes to making you feel better.

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    • ladyredspecs
      November 18, 2016

      Thanks Darya, thanks for the tip of combining pepper with turmeric, love them both….

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  11. Chez @ Chez Moi
    November 17, 2016

    This sounds seriously good Sandra! Now if I can just get our BBQ cleaned up…a terrible job, but these skewers would be a great reward.

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    • ladyredspecs
      November 18, 2016

      Thanks Chez. It’s a horrible job cleaning the BBQ, but worth it in the end

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  12. Paula Holmes
    November 17, 2016

    You are truely amazing Sandra, the foods and beautiful recipes that you put out and the way that you present them is outstanding. Bravo 🙂

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  13. Pep the Party
    November 17, 2016

    Loved it !! Have re-blogged and passed the recipe to my readers too 🙂

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  14. ardysez
    November 17, 2016

    Looks and sounds delicious Sandra. Have you tried drinking any of the new turmeric drinks that are becoming popular in cafés? I haven’t seen any yet here in Alice. Also, have you tried taking a tablespoon of cider vinegar with the ‘Mother’ in a glass of water each morning? It has helped my arthritis. I have a recipe for Mexican style beans that has a Tblsp of turmeric in it as well as other spices.. I will get it onto the recipe section of my blog so you can have a look. I can eat the beans if I soak them for 24-48 hours before cooking them. Best wishes.

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    • ladyredspecs
      November 17, 2016

      I’ve been taking high dose turmeric supps for quite a while and finding lots of ways to include fresh turmeric in my food so haven’t tried any cafe offerings. I used to take cider vinegar years ago, I’ll try it again. I’ve tried various natural remedies with little affect, always hold hope though. I bought some canned beans the other day to see if soaking made a difference. I just need a day free in case they don’t. I’ll let you know..

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      • ardysez
        November 17, 2016

        Haha, I sure hope the soaking works for you. I really suffer if I don’t soak them so I know what you mean 😱

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      • ladyredspecs
        November 17, 2016

        Definitely😱😱😱

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