#SaturdaySessions: Thai-style barbecue chicken skewers

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#SaturdaySessions: Thai-style barbecue chicken skewers
Here's how you can bring a little taste of Thailand's famed street food into your kitchen

Coated with a rich, moreish sauce that pulls together lemongrass, ginger, and Thai chilli, these chicken skewers will have you abandoning any diet you're currently on. Chicken thighs are preferred for this recipe as they're tastier than chicken breasts and don't dry out as easily. 

Here's what you'll need
Serves 5

5 medium-sized boneless chicken thighs, each cut into 6 pieces

Chicken thigh marinade
200g oyster sauce
40g garlic 
20g ginger 
5g soy sauce
10g sugar 
4g curry powder
4g coriander seeds

Chicken rice oil 
470g rice
400g water
15g fried shallot
90g chicken oil

Thai barbecue sauce
220g ketchup
16g Thai chilli suace
22g chopped garlic
6g chopped lemongrass
14g chopped ginger
46g sugar
4g soy sauce
32g chicken stock

How to make it

1. To prepare the chicken thigh marinade, blend the garlic and ginger in a food processor before adding the rest of the ingredients. Be sure to blend it until the sugar dissolves completely.
2. Toss chicken in marinade and leave to steep overnight .
3. To make the chicken rice, combine the water and rice in a rice cooker. Cover and cook. Fluff with a fork and add the rest of ingredients while the rice is still steaming hot.
4. To prepare the Thai barbecue sauce, heat a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add some oil, then saute the garlic, lemongrass and ginger. Add the rest of the ingredients and reduce the liquid till it's two-thirds the original volume. Let it cool.
5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place 3 pieces on each skewer.
6. Preheat the oven at 180c/220c
7. Heat some oil in a large non-stick pan over high heat until just smoking. Sear the chicken in the pan quickly till it turns golden brown.
8. Brush the Thai barbecue sauce all over the chicken skewers before putting it into the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
9. Remove chicken skewers from the oven and brush with more Thai barbecue sauce. Garnish with bunch of fresh coriander leaves before serving. 

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Text: Denise Kok

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