Monday, February 27, 2012

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks – Thai Style

These grilled drumsticks were marinated Thai Street Style.   

You will need:

12-15 Chicken Drumsticks, scored two of three lines across
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
¾ cup coconut milk
½ Teaspoon chicken stock powder (or salt, if you prefer)
3-4 cloves of garlic
2 coriander roots (if roots are not available, use 2-3 whole stems with leaves and all)
10 Peppercorns

Grind garlic, coriander roots and pepper corn with pestle and mortar (for authenticity, ha,ha..) then add salt/stock powder (if you do not have pestle and mortar, you can blitz garlic, coriander, salt and pepper with a little bit of coconut milk in your food processor – the kind with dishwasher safe bowl will be best!). Mix this concoction with soy sauce, oyster sauce and coconut milk. Marinade chicken drumsticks in this mixture in plastic bags for 2 or 3 hours before cooking them (massage the chicken a few times through the bag when you have to open the fridge for something). Grill on medium heat BBQ until brown and cooked through.

Serve with hot sauce and sticky rice.

For Street- Style Sauce, you will need:

1- 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 Tablespoon Maggi/Soy Sauce
A squeeze of lime or lemon
1 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves
1 teaspoon chopped spring onion
½ teaspoon hot chilli flakes

Mix everything together apart from fish sauce. Add fish sauce last – 1 tablespoon at first and taste as you go to see if you need another one. Fish sauce is pretty powerful (both smell and taste) so treat it with a bit of respect.


  1. Actually they are meant to replicate the wonderful chicken that comes from the Gai Tong chain in Bangkok..

  2. No more chain...but the good news is the original one is still there in Soi Saenanikom.