Me blowing up chickens in my garden. A chicken is scored down to the bone. Marinated with crushed coriander (cilantro) root, fresh turmeric, chillies, palm sugar and fish sauce. Lemongrass is stuffed into the cavity and it is all perched on a beer bottle.
An oil drum is put over the top and the whole thing is covered in straw. Set light and wait for 10-15 minutes for a perfect BBQ chicken.
Step 1: The first step is to buy your chicken and make the marinaide.
Score the chicken down to the bone all over the breast and legs. This is important because the chicken cooks at a very high heat and you want to make sure its cooked all the way through.
Now for the marinade
Crush some chillies (up to you how many but i reckon 2 habaneros)
Crush a teaspoon fresh coriander (cilantro) root
Crush a teaspoon fresh turmeric root, or ginger if this is hard to find
Do this altogether in a pestle and mortar
Add 2 teaspoons thai fish sauce and a good pinch of palm sugar (this gets is all nicely caremelised)
Now rub this all over your chicken, really get stuck in with your hands!
Stuff the cavity with lemongrass leaves, a big handful will do great.
All these quantities are a guide. And you can of course use any other herbs and spices. Garlic and rosemary, olive oil for example or a BBQ sauce, whatever you fancy.
Leave for an hour or so or longer for the flavours to really develop.
Now stuff an empty beer bottle in the chicken cavity and stand on a dish (this will collect a delicious gravy)