Barbecued Garlic Chicken

Total Time
24hrs 30mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 30 mins

This is my variation on a Thai dish call Gai Yang. It is a versatile dish which can be eaten cold at a picnic. It is a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the chicken in half lengthways, and if you like, remove the bones with a small pointed knife, leaving only the wing bones.
  2. If using chicken pieces, proceed directly to step 2.
  3. Crush the garlic with the salt to a smooth paste.
  4. Coarsely crush the peppercorns in a motar and pestle or a blender.
  5. Combine in a flat dish with the coriander, and the lime juice.
  6. Rub the mixture into the cicken on all sides, cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least an hour.
  7. However, this recipe tastes better if refrigerated over night.
  8. Barbecue the chicken halves or chicken pieces, turning the chicken every 5 minutes or so, until the chicken is no longer pink and the skin is crisp.
  9. If the weather does not permit, you can cook under a grill, (broiler) or in the oven.
  10. To serve the boned chicken, diagonally slice the chicken skin side up and place on a serving platter.
  11. If using chicken pieces arrange the pieces on a serving platter.
  12. Garnish with halved cherry tomatoes and curls of spring (green) onions.
  13. Serve with a salad of sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber and spring (green) onions which have been seasoned with lime juice and salt only.
  14. A side dish of steamed rice goes well with this dish.


Most Helpful

We just started the South Beach Diet and this dish fit perfectly into our plan. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and marinated for 2 hours. It was tasty and moist. A great find!

Dawn January 21, 2004

Beautiful! I used two skinless breast fillets for the two of us, and cooked them in the pan so they got that nice charred effect. Such a quick and easy dinner, thanks for posting!

currybunny November 01, 2005

FANTASTIC!! This will be made over and over again in our house!! DH loved it!! I used chicken breasts...and loved the combo of flavors! Thank you!

katie in the UP October 27, 2005

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