This dish is a popular Southern Style Thai dish. Delicious, simple, and really easy to prepare, it is a good recipe for a working woman. Good compliment for papaya salad.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Cut roots and leafy tops off lemon grass stalks. In a mortar and pestle, pound lemongrass, salt, garlic, turmeric, and pepper into a fine paste.

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  • Cut open chicken lengthwise. Separate into 2 pieces, and rinse well. Rub chicken with mixed spice paste. Marinate in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.

  • Grill over moderate heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until well done and evenly brown. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

407 calories; 21.7 g total fat; 121 mg cholesterol; 3608 mg sodium. 11.2 g carbohydrates; 39.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2007
I've used this recipe several times now with some slight variations with what I had on hand. I used ground lemon grass in a tube and I used 2 TBSP of dried ground tumeric. I put all the marinade ingredients in a ziploc bag and used a mallet to crush it all together. I then scooped the paste out and rubbed it all over the chicken put the chicken back in the bag and marinated for several hours. It is a DELICIOUS way to prepare chicken and has become one of our favorites. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/04/2009
Ok...I Really wanted this recipe to work because it had some great reviews and I had just found fresh lemongrass and turmeric tubers at the market. Sorry to say it just Didn't work for me. The turmeric was way too overpowering and I ended up with too much "paste" although I used a 5 lb chicken and the recipe calls for a 2-3 lb one? After cooking I ended up wiping off what I could of the turmeric and the chicken was still edible but only so-so in flavor. I looked online at other versions to see what I might have done wrong and I think the measures on this recipe are just off. Other similiar recipes call for two 2 inch pieces of turmeric it took far more than that for me to get 5T chopped. I don't think I'll be trying this again even with the modification to the turmeric amount. Sorry!! Read More
(3)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2007
I've used this recipe several times now with some slight variations with what I had on hand. I used ground lemon grass in a tube and I used 2 TBSP of dried ground tumeric. I put all the marinade ingredients in a ziploc bag and used a mallet to crush it all together. I then scooped the paste out and rubbed it all over the chicken put the chicken back in the bag and marinated for several hours. It is a DELICIOUS way to prepare chicken and has become one of our favorites. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2007
I've used this recipe several times now with some slight variations with what I had on hand. I used ground lemon grass in a tube and I used 2 TBSP of dried ground tumeric. I put all the marinade ingredients in a ziploc bag and used a mallet to crush it all together. I then scooped the paste out and rubbed it all over the chicken put the chicken back in the bag and marinated for several hours. It is a DELICIOUS way to prepare chicken and has become one of our favorites. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2005
Delicious! A word of caution though this has permanently stained my marble mortar and pestle a bright orange. Any ideas on how to remove the stain? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2006
My husband and I enjoyed this recipe very much. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2007
Holy cow! This was good! I pounded the garlic salt and pepper in the mortar and pestle then mixed it with dry turmeric (5 tsp) and about 3 tbsp of lemongrass paste in a separate bowl (no staining). I used two 1 1/2 lb. cornish hens butterflied marinated overnight in a ziploc bag and grilled them for 15 minutes skin-side down then 10 minutes on the other side. Hubby says it's a keeper! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2004
Loved this recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2009
This is a winner. The flavor is deep and well-spiced but not overpowering. The chicken was juicy and the texture of the rub was really great. I have never had anything made with fresh turmeric before. I will surely make this recipe in the future. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2006
WOW! Yummy. I did have to change a few things because of what I had in the house. I used lemon grass in a tube and I used ground turmeric from the spice rack. I will say that using this much turmeric turns you hands yellow and will stain your clothes. I wil luse gloves next time. Thanks Add Lim Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
03/04/2009
Ok...I Really wanted this recipe to work because it had some great reviews and I had just found fresh lemongrass and turmeric tubers at the market. Sorry to say it just Didn't work for me. The turmeric was way too overpowering and I ended up with too much "paste" although I used a 5 lb chicken and the recipe calls for a 2-3 lb one? After cooking I ended up wiping off what I could of the turmeric and the chicken was still edible but only so-so in flavor. I looked online at other versions to see what I might have done wrong and I think the measures on this recipe are just off. Other similiar recipes call for two 2 inch pieces of turmeric it took far more than that for me to get 5T chopped. I don't think I'll be trying this again even with the modification to the turmeric amount. Sorry!! Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2007
My lemon grass was way too tough to grind to a paste so I prepared the rest of the marinade rubbed it onto the chicken then mixed in the lengths of lemon grass stirring them in through the course of the day. As a result the lemon flavor was barely noticeable which was a shame as I think it would have worked really well with the other flavors. I'll try this again when I get tender grindable lemon grass. Thanks. Read More
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