The fried shallots - available in Asian grocers and some
supermarkets - are optional, but add excellent texture. You can, of
course, marinate the chicken overnight for even more flavour.
2garlic cloves, coarsely chopped2small red chillies, coarsely chopped2lemongrass stalks, white part only, coarsely chopped40 gmsoft palm sugar, coarsely chopped50 ml eachsoy sauce and fish sauceJuiceof 1 lime4chicken Marylands, halved through the joint, skin slashed in several places1½ tbspvegetable oilTo serve:mint, coriander, fried shallots and lime wedgesTomato rice1 tbspvegetable oil3red shallots, thinly sliced2garlic cloves, finely chopped300 gm (1½ cups)jasmine rice200 gmcanned cherry tomatoes50 mlfish sauce500 ml (2 cups)chicken stock, boiling
Preheat oven to 220C. Process garlic, chilli, lemongrass, palm sugar and 1 tsp sea salt in a food processor until finely chopped, then add soy sauce, fish sauce and lime juice and process to combine. Combine in a non-reactive container (glass, ceramic or plastic) with chicken, coating well, and set aside to marinate (10 minutes).
Meanwhile, for tomato rice, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add shallot and garlic, and stir occasionally until tender (2-3 minutes). Add rice and stir to coat in oil. Add tomato and fish sauce, stir to combine, then add boiling stock, stir to combine and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, season to taste, cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook, without uncovering, for 15 minutes. Remove lid, cover with a tea towel, replace lid, then remove from heat and stand to steam (5 minutes).
Drain chicken from marinade (reserve marinade). Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add chicken skin-side down and cook, turning once, until browned (4-5 minutes). Add marinade to pan and turn chicken skin-side down again, transfer to oven and roast, basting occasionally, until cooked through (6-8 minutes). Serve hot with tomato rice, herbs, fried shallots and lime wedges.