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Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

  • Author: Seonkyoung Longest
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 4 Chicken thighs, boneless, skin on (Approximately 1 lb.)
  • 1/2 Stalk of lemongrass (using only bottom white part)
  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Thai chili
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Tbs. cooking oil

For the Sauce

  • 2 Tbs. Fish sauce
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. Black pepper

To Serve with

  • Cilantro leaves
  • Warm cooked Jasmine rice
  • Cucumber slices


  1. Cut chicken thighs in bite sizes and set aside.
  2. Pill first and second layers of lemongrass as needed; thinly slice and very finely chop it. This step is very important for pleasant texture of lemongrass. Set aside.
  3. Roughly chop garlic and chili and thinly slice shallot. Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, add all sauce ingredients and whisk until sugar has dissolved. Set aside.
  5. Heat a wok over high heat and add oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken, skin side down and cook for 5 minutes without touching. This way chicken skin will turn out nice golden brown and crispy. Turn it over and cook additional 1 to 2 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. 

  6. Turn off heat for now and remove excess oil from wok by scooping out with a spoon to another bowl. Leave only 2 Tbs. oil in wok to keep cooking with.
  7. Turn your stove back to high heat and add lemongrass, garlic, chili and shallot into wok. Stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until all the vegetables are soften and you can smell beautiful aroma.
  8. Add in sauce we made earlier and stir fry until sauce has thicken, chicken’s coated evenly with sauce, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  9. Serve with warm cooked Jasmine rice, sliced cucumber, and some fresh cilantro.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins