Fast Recipes

Turmeric chicken with cucumber salad

For maximum flavour cook this quick turmeric-spiced chicken on the barbecue - coal or wood will give the best result.

By Alice Storey
  • Serves 4 - 6
Turmeric chicken with cucumber salad
Turmeric chicken with cucumber salad

For maximum flavour cook the chicken on the barbecue - coal or wood will give the best result.

Ingredients

  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 cm piece turmeric, finely chopped, or 1 tsp dried ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 lemongrass stalk (white part only), finely chopped
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) coriander, coarsely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 1½ tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 6 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on (about 180gm each)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Lime wedges, to serve
Cucumber and herb salad
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 5 gm ginger, finely chopped (1cm piece)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, halved lengthways, seeds removed, thickly sliced
  • 1 golden shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) mint
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) coriander

Method

  • 1
    Process garlic, turmeric, peppercorns and lemongrass in a food processor with ½ tsp sea salt flakes to a coarse paste. Add coriander, fish sauce, sugar and oyster sauce, and process to combine. Place in a bowl with chicken thighs and turn to coat well.
  • 2
    Heat a barbecue or char-grill pan to mediumhigh heat. Drizzle chicken with oil and grill until browned and cooked through (8-10 minutes).
  • 3
    Meanwhile, for cucumber and herb salad, combine lime juice, ginger, garlic, sugar and olive oil in a bowl and season to taste. Add cucumber, shallot and chilli, and toss to combine. Just before serving, add herbs, toss to combine and serve with chicken.