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Gai Yang – Barbecued Chicken Recipe

Gai Yang - Barbecued Chicken Recipe

Gai Yang – Barbecued Chicken Recipe

A northeastern version of a dish now served all over the country.

Ingredients :

  • 1 chicken (about 21/4 lbs/1 kg), cut in serving pieces
  • 1 tablespoon julienned ginger, for garnish


  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 red chilies, pounded or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method :

  1. Mix the Marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add the chicken and combine thoroughly with the Marinade. Set aside in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
  2. Grill chicken over hot charcoal or under a broiler, turning from time to time until browned on all sides, about 25-30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix all the Sweet Thai Chili Sauce ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly. The sauce should have a thin, syrupy consistency. Set aside to cool.
  4. Serve the chicken and Sweet Thai Chili Sauce accompanied by plain or glutinous rice and Green Papaya Salad.

Note : Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce is widely available bottled.

Serves 4
Preparation time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins


Source :
Authentic Recipes from Thailand
by Sven Krauss, Laurent Ganguillet and Vira Sanguanwong
photo by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
introduction by William Warren


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