Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken


Embark on a culinary journey to Southeast Asia with the Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken, a dish celebrated for its delightful harmony of flavors. This recipe features tender chicken infused with the citrusy zest of lemongrass, complemented by the warmth of ginger and the subtle sweetness of caramelized sugar. It's a fragrant and enticing dish that's sure to awaken your senses.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 320 kcal
  • Protein: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 600mg


  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless: 600g (1.32 pounds or 21 ounces)
  • Fresh lemongrass, minced: 60g (2.1 ounces)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 4 (about 20g)
  • Ginger, grated: 15g (½ ounce)
  • Soy sauce: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Fish sauce: 15ml (1 tablespoon)
  • Sugar: 20g (1 tablespoon)
  • Vegetable oil: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Combine lemongrass, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cook Chicken: Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Caramelize: Increase heat, add a little more sugar, and stir until the chicken is nicely caramelized.
  4. Serve: Garnish with extra lemongrass and serve with rice or noodles.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Pound Lemongrass: Pound the lemongrass to release more flavor.
  • Balance of Flavors: Adjust the soy sauce and fish sauce to balance the salty and umami flavors.
  • Caramelization is Key: Ensure the chicken is well caramelized for the best flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breast instead? 

Yes, but it may cook faster than thighs.

How to store leftovers? 

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

Is this dish spicy? 

This recipe is not inherently spicy, but you can add chili for heat.