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Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken | Gà Xào Sả Ớt

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken is a stable in my mom’s kitchen and home, it tastes like home.  The lemony, minty, tangy and slightly citrusy flavor of lemongrass is the star of this Vietnamese recipe. 
Course Breakfast, Main Course


  • 1 lbs Chicken Drummies | Chicken Thighs I recommend against chicken breast since this dish cooks on very high heat and the breast may come out dry
  • 1/2 tsp Tumeric Curry Powder would be a good substitute
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1.5 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Lemongrass
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder More or less depending on your spice tolerance
  • 2 pieces Cloves


  • Mix chicken with all of the ingredients in a big bowl.  Give the chicken a nice massage so that every part of the chicken has a coating of yummy goodness.
  • Let the chicken marinate for an hour.  If you have time, marinating overnights gives it the most flavor.
  • Heat up your pot to medium to medium-high heat.  Add a few teaspoons of cooking oil.  Once oil is hot, add chicken and all the marinade juice.  Cook for 7-8 minutes while stirring chicken quiet frequently. 



Tip: You want to cook the meat on quiet high heat so the chicken meat firms up nicely and release some delicious juice.  I prefer to use bone-in chicken as the flavor coming from the bones makes the sauce extra delish.
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