A standard, everyday method of preparing and cooking chicken in West Sumatra. Very good for a barbecue, but also good for roasting in the oven. Allow half a chicken per person with rice, potatoes, or pasta and some salad.
2 free-range chickens, each weighing about 1.5kg/3–3½lb, cut in half lengthways, all the fat trimmed off and some of the bones removed
Put all the ingredients for the paste in a blender, and blend until smooth. Then transfer the paste to a largish saucepan, bring to the boil, and simmer for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chicken halves and 4tablespoonfuls of the thick coconut milk, and stir the chicken around so that all