Marion's Thailand

Give your roast chook a makeover with this delicous Thai dish - the perfect weekend dinner!


  • 6 coriander roots

  • 8 small garlic cloves (about 4 large cloves)

  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns

  • ¼ tsp sea salt

  • 4 Tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 whole free-range chicken

  • 1 cup dark soy sauce

  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce, plus extra to taste

  • 3 whole star anise

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • ¼ cup coriander leaves

  • 1 long red chilli, finely sliced

  • steamed rice


  • 1.

    Use a mortar and pestle to pound coriander roots, garlic, peppercorns and salt to a rough paste (you could also do this in a food processor).

  • 2.

    Heat oil in a pot just large enough to hold the chicken. Fry paste for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the whole chicken and lightly brown for about 2 minutes per side.

  • 3.

    Add dark soy sauce, fish sauce, star anise and cinnamon sticks. Pour in enough water to almost cover the chicken. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low, cover and simmer for 60 minutes, turning the chicken over halfway through cooking.

  • 4.

    Carefully remove chicken and place into a deep serving dish. To the broth, add fish sauce to taste and sugar. Pour broth over chicken and garnish with coriander leaves and sliced chillies. Serve with steamed rice.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 231kj
  • Fat Total 16g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 16g
  • Carbohydrate 4g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sodium 1575mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by Report
This is a beautiful recipe. I've made it a number of times and it works out perfectly every time. Juicy, tender chicken with a broth that is amazing. The leftover chicken and broth is great for an asian style soup the next day.
I've made this exactly to the recipe but also played around with flavours. It's especially good adding lemongrass... A real winner.
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I made this for dinner tonight, i give it a 10/10 super easy and delicious