Barbecue Grilled Tamarind Chicken

Barbecue Grilled Tamarind Chicken

Recipe by Thahmina |

Cooking Time: 30 mins
Serves: 5-6 portions


  • 10-12 organic chicken drumsticks, skin removed and scored
  • 2-3 heaped tbsp tamarind paste
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp naga chilli paste (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp honey or soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Clean and score the chicken and leave aside.

  2. Prepare the marinade by stirring  the spices and onions with olive oil. If you have a mini blender or a spice grinder, stick everything in and give it a whizz!

  3. Pour the tamarind paste in before tossing into the chicken, making sure each piece is well coated. You can choose to marinate it for a few hours to overnight. Equally, I made these in the same afternoon without leaving in the fridge and they still tasted delicious.

  4. On a flaming hot, dry pan, sear each side of the chicken for 2-3 minutes with the lid on until they are mostly cooked.

  5. Transfer to a barbecue or oven grill and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes until you get charred lines running through the chicken. Serve immediately with spicy corn on the cob.