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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Roasted Lemongrass Chicken

I had the idea of making some roasted chicken that taste something like satay chicken.

And the end result was.... similiar and yummylicious!
It may not taste like the satay u tasted, as there's no fixed satay recipe. Satay in Perak taste different than satay in Kajang,.... somewhat sweeter in Perak. And Balinese satay is the sweetest I've ever come across. So, if this doesn't taste like what u tasted, don't come running after me with a parang.

800gm chicken pieces(I used 5 drumsticks, and 2 thighs)
1 heaped tsp salt
2 heaped Tbsp sugar
2 lemongrass (4 inches from the base)
30gm shallots
1 inch ginger
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 Tbsp coconut milk
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp oil

1. Score few slits on chicken pieces.
2. Marinate chicken pieces with salt, sugar and turmeric.
3. Blend lemongrass, shallots and ginger to a paste. Mix with coconut milk.
4. Put (3) onto marinated chicken and rub it onto chicken pieces and into the slits or whatever crevaces.
5. Marinate for 1-2 hours. Don't marinate too long, the ginger will soften the chicken too much.
6. Rub oil and butter onto chicken before baking. Place chicken pieces onto a baking tray.
7. Bake in preheated oven at 200C for 30-40 minutes or until golden.


  1. I tried to made it but not successful. However, I knew I was not follow the instruction as I don't merinate the chicken with enought time so the chicken did not taste very good. I will do it again with follow exactly the instruction of the recipe.


  2. Didn't taste very good.. hmm... like how?
    DO tell me the exact problem so that I can troubleshoot for u.

    By the way, did u use onion or shallot? From what I heard from ur mom, there's no shallot there. Did u score the chicken? Or was the amount of chicken same as mine in weight, as the chicken pieces might differ.

  3. Ok, after chatting with u on MSN, let me write something here as a reminder to you the next time u do it.
    1) Use shallot not onion
    2) Remember to score the chicken pieces
    3) Increase marinate ingredients if u want to increase the amount of chicken.
    4) And if u want to have a taste test before u bake it, cut a small piece of chicken meat and fry in a bit of oil. Adjust the seasoning as prefered.

    Happy trying!

  4. Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. With the pictures, it really help hardly-cooked part-timer like me to boast the confidence of cooking.

    Pardon my ignorance, what is meant by 'score'the chicken pieces?


  5. Ping,
    sorry for a late reply.
    Score the chicken pieces mean, cut slits into the meat.

  6. Dear Wendy,
    Hi, i intend to try this for my boy's birthday next week. May i know whether we need to turn the chicken in middle of baking?
    Thank you!

  7. Hi Wendy,

    Love all your recipes so far. Keep posting! :-)
    Can I fried the chicken instead of bake?


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