AT A GLANCE
You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.
|01||Place chickens skin-side up in a large non-reactive container and set aside. Pound garlic, chilli, lemongrass, palm sugar and 1 tsp sea salt flakes in a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste, add lime leaves and pound until bruised. Add soy sauce, fish sauce, oil and lime juice, mix well to combine, adjust seasoning to taste, pour over chicken, rub well into skin and flesh, cover and refrigerate to marinate (overnight).|
|02||Preheat oven to 180C. Place each chicken skin-side up on an oven tray, drizzle with a little oil and roast, basting occasionally, until cooked through (45-50 minutes).|
|03||For tomato and tamarind salad, combine shallot, garlic and lime juice in a bowl and stand until shallot softens (2-3 minutes). Add tamarind, fish sauce, oil and palm sugar, stir to combine and adjust seasoning to taste. Before serving, add tomato and herbs, toss to combine and scatter with fried shallot. Serve with roast chilli chicken and lime wedges.|
Note Tamarind purée and fried shallots are available from Asian grocers.
BIG, RICH GRENACHE ROSÉ. , suggested by MAX ALLEN