Caramelized Ginger Chicken (Gà Kho Gừng)


Explore the depths of Vietnamese flavors with Gà Kho Gừng, a delectable Caramelized Ginger Chicken dish. This culinary gem is a testament to the simplicity and elegance of Vietnamese cuisine, featuring tender chicken pieces beautifully caramelized in a sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce with a prominent ginger punch. It's a comforting, home-cooked meal that's both heartwarming and flavor-packed.

Caramelized Ginger Chicken (Gà Kho Gừng)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 24g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 500mg


  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless: 600g (1.32 pounds or 21 ounces)
  • Fresh ginger, sliced: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 4 (about 20g)
  • Soy sauce: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Fish sauce: 15ml (1 tablespoon)
  • Brown sugar: 40g (2 tablespoons)
  • Green onions, chopped: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Vegetable oil: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Sauté Ginger and Garlic: Heat oil in a pan. Add ginger and garlic, sauté until fragrant.
  2. Brown Chicken: Add chicken and cook until golden brown on all sides.
  3. Create Sauce: Add soy sauce, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Stir to coat the chicken.
  4. Caramelize: Simmer until the sauce thickens and caramelizes, coating the chicken.
  5. Garnish: Garnish with green onions and serve with rice.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Slice Ginger Thinly: Thin ginger slices infuse more flavor.
  • Balance of Sweet and Savory: Adjust the brown sugar and soy sauce to get the perfect balance.
  • Consistent Heat: Maintain a consistent medium heat for even caramelization.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breast? 

Yes, but adjust cooking time as breasts cook faster than thighs.

How to store leftovers? 

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Is this dish spicy? 

The dish is mildly spicy, but you can adjust the ginger quantity to suit your taste.