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Balinese Chicken Recipe

Balinese Chicken Recipe

Balinese Chicken

Prep Time ~ 15 mins Cooking Time ~25 mins
Approx Cost ~ £12 Difficulty ~ Easy
Freeze ~ No Serves ~ 6

Tip ~ If you can't find chicken breasts with skin on, buy it without and cut a 'pocket' into the breast and stuff with the filling before cooking as per method below.


6 part boned chicken breasts

5cm / 2 in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 stalk lemon grass, roughly chopped

2 red chillies, seeded and chopped

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

6 spring onions, chopped

2 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded or the finely grated zest of 1 lime

75g / 3oz creamed coconut

You will need: 6 cocktail sticks to secure parcels


  • Put the ginger, lemon grass, chillies, turmeric, coriander, spring onions, and lime leaves into a food processor and blend to a coarse paste.
  • Melt the creamed coconut in a small pan, stir in the paste and leave to cool slightly until thickened but not set hard.
  • Loosen the skin of each chicken breast with your fingers, leaving it still attached.
  • Spread the paste over the breast meat, lift the skin back into place and secure the open edge with a cocktail stick.
  • Barbecue the chicken over medium - hot coals for 25 minutes, turning regularly until the skin is crisp and golden.
  • Remove the cocktail sticks before serving.