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1. Using a sharp knife, cut slashes in the chicken drumsticks and thighs and place them in a wide bowl or large food bag.

2. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blend to a rough paste. Alternatively, pound the chillies, ginger, garlic, lemon grass and coriander using a pestle and mortar and then stir in the sugar, lime juice and fish sauce and pour over the chicken, tossing to coat.

3. Cover the bowl with cling film or seal the bag and leave to marinate in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight if possible, tossing occasionally. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7.

4. Remove the chicken from the fridge about 30–40 minutes before cooking to bring to room temperature. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade (reserving the marinade) and arrange in a single layer in a roasting tin. Roast in the oven for 35–40 minutes or until the meat is coming away from the bone.

5. Arrange the chicken pieces on a warm serving platter and place the roasting tin on a medium heat on the hob. Pour in the reserved marinade and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon and scraping the sticky bits from the bottom, until thickened and sticky. Pour the sauce over the chicken, scatter with coriander leaves and serve.

Apdapted from Rachel Allen Home Cooking (Collins)

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Have made this dish lots of times my family and friends,all love it. and it is amazing FOR BBQ With salads in the summer.

deborahC12378 deborahC12378  Posted 16 Jan 2015 5:11 PM

very easy to make and delicious!! loved it

YasmeenH98139 YasmeenH98139  Posted 24 Apr 2011 10:00 AM

This is a great recipe and very popular

MargaretD46943 MargaretD46943  Posted 02 Apr 2011 4:17 AM

Have made this a couple of times now - enjoyed by both children and adults. Chicken lovely and moist. Excellent cold if any left over.

AnneS84082 AnneS84082 Posted 08 Mar 2011 8:25 PM

Have made this many, many times and we never get bored with it...I adore chicken but only use boneless, skinless breasts, so there's no waste whatsoever. This dish is absolutely scrummy!

LadyCarol71261 LadyCarol71261 Posted 09 Jan 2011 10:57 AM

Simple .... and delicious !!!!
Will make again .... and again ....

SMJH SMJH Posted 10 Nov 2010 4:00 PM

Gorgeous! My husband said it was in the top five things I've ever cooked for him

oodabooboo oodabooboo Posted 09 Oct 2010 6:41 PM

This looks delicious - will be trying this one for sure

Holly77 Holly77 Posted 17 Mar 2010 10:32 AM

What a brilliant recipe. Really easy to prepare and cook, and absolutely delicious. One of the bsst chicken dishes I've ever made. This will definitely be a firm favourite.

RobinC43871 RobinC43871 Posted 23 Feb 2010 4:58 PM

i made this last week it was the best thing i have tasted in long time

maggieR65614 maggieR65614 Posted 22 Feb 2010 2:48 PM

We marinated the chicken overnight. The flavour and the fragrance was gorgeous. This will become a regular.

littleweed littleweed Posted 18 Feb 2010 12:43 PM

This is an absolutely devine dish. It was really tastey. So many flavours, a real delight. I severed it with sticky coconut rice and an apple and mango salad with mint and corriander. Please try it.

AnnaB11449 AnnaB11449 Posted 05 Dec 2009 7:08 PM

Delicious! I made this with just over half the amount of chicken suggested (it was for two of us), but the whole amount of the marinade, which made a lovely amount of sauce. Don't substitute the fish sauce for anything else, it definately adds to the flavour.

alihendo alihendo Posted 14 Nov 2009 11:15 PM

I made this last week, didn't have the fish sauce so I used soy sauce and sherry instead. Think i will cook the marinade with the chicken next time. My sauce did not come out very sticky.

newideas newideas Posted 29 Oct 2009 8:13 PM

Peter506 Peter506 Posted 29 Oct 2009 10:35 AM

Peter506 Peter506 Posted 29 Oct 2009 10:35 AM

I made this chicken for a pot luck gathering, everyone loves it. I did not use the fish sauce, instead I used:

1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
2 tbsp water
2 tsp salt

AnthonyK5722 AnthonyK5722 Posted 19 Oct 2009 12:09 AM

We all loved this even the kids couldn't get enough! the fish sauce was very strong smelling though, not as bad when cooked!

JenniferH55898 JenniferH55898 Posted 13 Oct 2009 9:40 AM

If you've never used Nam Pla before, beware it can be rather shockingly fishy. It just stunk out my whole house.

RichardB82699 RichardB82699 Posted 12 Oct 2009 7:08 PM

Marinated the chicken for two days.......stunning, I don't normally enjoy chicken legs.....until now !!!

matthewS50832 matthewS50832 Posted 04 Oct 2009 8:17 AM