You could do this with your eyes shut. So, wheel on the barbie and slip the gamelan CD on, and grill to the sounds of Bali’s haunting bronze gongs, drums and xylophones in full ringing swing. Serve with salad, lime wedges and, if you’re up for it, the sambal. Lombok, by the way, is Bali’s neighbouring island.
Spatchcock the chicken by cutting out the backbone and flattening the birds out, then make light slashes through the meat. If using thighs, slash them only. Pound together all the ingredients, except the chicken and oil - or blast in a processor until finely chopped. Smother over the flattened chicken and leave to bathe for a couple of hours or overnight. Brush the chicken with oil and grill over hot coals for 10“15 minutes on each side, or until cooked through when tested with the point of a knife. If using thighs, grill them for around 8 minutes on each side. Eat with salad.
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