AYAM PERCIK – Spicy Barbequed Chicken
This beautifully seasoned chicken is very popular and sold at roadside food stalls all over the state of Kelantan. A great recipe for the BBQ or for the indoor kitchen!
Malaysia - Kota Bharu
Make cuts in the skin and meat of the chicken. Set aside.
Grind marinade ingredients into a paste and rub into chicken. Put on a rack and grill under high heat (or on a BBQ) until the skin is charred in places, turn and repeat on other side. While this is happening make the sauce.
SAUCE: Chop the spice paste ingredients (shallots, chillies, ginger, sugar, tamarind) and blend finely in a mortar and pestle (or food processor). Heat oil in a pot and fry the spice paste for 3 - 4 minutes until fragrant. Add coconut milk and simmer, stirring, until reduced by half. Season with salt and cook for 5 - 7 minutes until sauce thickens.
Coat each piece of grilled chicken in the sauce and then finish cooking by roasting at 250 C for 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Baste a few times with more sauce as it cooks or bring remaining sauce to simmer in pot and serve alongside chicken when cooked.