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Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken (the BEST marinade!)

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Juicy, aromatic Lemongrass Chicken infused with a dynamic marinade is stand-alone-delicious but in addition makes killer salads, wraps and zoodle/quinoa/rice bowls!


Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken shouldn’t be solely marinated with lemongrass however purple curry paste, Asian candy chili sauce, garlic, ginger, basil, soy sauce and fish sauce for a tantalizing complicated, can’t-stop-eating hen!  As soon as the marinating is full, this hen could be in your desk in lower than 15 minutes!

up close of lemongrass chicken with cilantro garnish

I’m so in love with Asian delicacies from my Pad Thai to my Tandoori Chicken to my Panang Curry.  I truly should tempo my recipes so that you don’t solely get Asian recipes in your inbox!  Working example, I’ve already made two extra recipes with this Lemongrass Chicken to share with you as a result of I’m obsesssssssssed.

This Lemongrass Chicken is every part.  I imply, simply take a look at the marinade elements.  I truthfully don’t know if it will get any higher and it’s really easy!  Simply marinate hen, prepare dinner/grill and eat!  Which makes this Lemongrass Chicken good for back-to-school hectic weeknight dinners if you don’t really feel like cooking however tastes restaurant scrumptious.  Gotta love the magic of marinades.

showing how to serve lemongrass chicken as salad with noodles, peas, carrots

What Does Lemongrass Chicken Style Like?

In case you’ve by no means cooked with lemongrass earlier than, don’t be intimidated!  It’s straightforward to make use of and provides a posh barely candy, pungent, and lemony style.  This Lemongrass Chicken is tangy, the right combo of candy and bitter with hints of lemon and herbs.   You can also make it as spicy as you want with 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce being very delicate and going up from there.

 

far away view of pile of lemongrass chicken with cilantro and lime on a cutting board

What’s Lemongrass?

Lemongrass lives as much as its identify – it’s perennial grass that grows in tropical climates with a pungent, lemony style. It’s extensively utilized in Thai and Vietnamese delicacies and as a medicinal herb in India.

Lemongrass grows in clusters and may attain anyplace between six to 10 ft in peak however is chopped and bought in about 18” stalks.  A stalk of lemongrass consists of some layers of robust outer husks and a softer white core.

The tender white core is historically chopped or floor for marinades (like in our Lemongrass Chicken), curries or stir fries.  The stalk of lemongrass may also be bruised to launch its taste and added to stews and soups like in my Tom Kha Gai Soup.  Lemongrass can be dried and powdered.

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The place Can I Purchase Lemongrass?

Because the identify Lemongrass Chicken implies – you want lemongrass for this recipe!  Lemongrass might be discovered at Asian markets and sometimes within the produce part of your grocery retailer. In case your grocery retailer doesn’t have it, then specialty shops reminiscent of Sprouts and Entire Meals will carry it.  In the event you don’t spot it instantly, be sure to ask somebody as a result of it’s pretty widespread and doubtless hiding someplace.

Find out how to Select Lemongrass

Lemongrass Chicken is just nearly as good as your lemongrass!  When choosing lemongrass on the retailer, search for stalks which might be agency however barely pliable somewhat than mushy and rubbery or dried out and brittle.  Search for stalks that transition from pale yellow on the base to brilliant inexperienced within the husks and keep away from stalks with leaves which are beginning to brown.

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How do you make lemongrass hen?

Lemongrass Chicken could be very, quite simple to make.  We’re actually simply whisking collectively a bunch of marinade elements.  The one query you may need is how one can prep your lemongrass which I’ve detailed under:

  • Trim Lemongrass. Trim the top off of the lemongrass and take away the robust outer husks – about 2-Three layers till you attain layers the place the underside is white and tender.
  • Chop lemongrass. Chop the white backside part of lemongrass up till it will get robust – concerning the backside third/5” of the lemongrass stalk.
  • Chop some extra. After chopping the lemongrass off the stalk- chop some extra so it’s chopped and never left in spherical sections.  You don’t want to fret about finely dicing although as a result of we would like the items giant sufficient to select as soon as cooked if wanted.  I didn’t have to do that as all my lemongrass got here off as I cooked my hen.
  • Whisk marinade collectively. Add all the marinade elements collectively in a big bowl or Ziploc bag (no matter you’ll marinate your hen in).

showing how to make lemongrass chicken by whisking together marinade of lemongrass, garlic, ginger, shallots, fish sauce, soy sauce

  • Pound Chicken. Pounding hen to a fair thickens not solely helps tenderize the hen however ensures the hen cooks evenly. Even cooking eliminates dryness brought about from overcooking the hen to be able to make certain the thickest half is cooked on the peril of the thinnest.
  • Add hen to marinade. Add hen and therapeutic massage marinade into hen so it’s evenly coated.
  • Marinate.  Marinate Lemongrass Chicken 30 minutes at room temperature as much as 24 within the fridge – the longer the higher!
  • Let hen relaxation.  Let your hen sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes earlier than cooking so it should prepare dinner extra evenly.
  • Prepare dinner.  You possibly can grill or prepare dinner this Lemongrass Chicken on the stovetop per recipe directions, each work fabulously nicely.

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Lemongrass Chicken Breasts

I do know lots of you’ll ask if you need to use hen breasts as an alternative of hen thighs for this Lemongrass Chicken – and the reply is sure!  I selected hen thighs as a result of they’re extra generally utilized in genuine Lemongrass Chicken, are inherently juicier and reheat higher however hen breasts will nonetheless work.

In the event you select to make use of hen breasts then I might pound the to a fair thickness earlier than marinating.  In case your hen breasts are additional giant, then slice them via the equator to create fillets.

up close top view of a piece of lemongrass chicken cooked in the skillet

How one can Serve Lemongrass Chicken

Lemongrass Chicken is divine simply with a scorching aspect of rice, zoodles or cauliflower rice and a few stir fried or recent veggies.  It will even be scrumptious in a wrap, or on prime of a salad.

It’s also possible to make a Lemongrass Chicken Stir Fry by slicing your hen earlier than you marinate it.  In the event you do that, then I wouldn’t marinate the hen longer than eight hours.

However my favourite method to serve Lemongrass Chicken is in my Lemongrass Chicken Rice Bowls and Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Bowls – coming quickly!

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Lemongrass Chicken

Juicy, aromatic Lemongrass Chicken infused with a dynamic marinade is stand-alone-delicious but in addition makes killer salads, wraps and zoodle/quinoa/rice bowls!
As soon as the marinating is full, this hen might be in your desk in lower than 15 minutes!

up close top view of a piece of lemongrass chicken cooked in the skillet

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Components

  • 2- 2 half kilos boneless skinless hen thighs pounded to a fair thickness
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

MARINADE

  • 1/Four cup minced shallots
  • Three tablespoons finely chopped lemongrass from white inside a part of 2 stalks* (see observe)***
  • Three tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons much less sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Thai pink curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon Asian candy chili sauce (optionally available)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • Three garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1-Three teaspoons pink chili paste* like Sambal Oelek
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Components

  • 2- 2 1/2 kilos boneless skinless hen thighs pounded to a fair thickness
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

MARINADE

  • 1/Four cup minced shallots
  • Three tablespoons finely chopped lemongrass from white inside a part of 2 stalks* (see word)***
  • Three tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons much less sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Thai pink curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon Asian candy chili sauce (optionally available)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • Three garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1-Three teaspoons pink chili paste* like Sambal Oelek
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
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Directions

MARINADE

  1. Whisk collectively all the marinade components in a big bowl or Ziploc bag (no matter you’ll marinate your hen in). Add hen to marinade and switch to evenly coat. Marinate 30 minutes at room temperature as much as 24 within the fridge.

SKILLET DIRECTIONS

  1. If hen has been refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time allowing).

  2. Warmth a big skillet over medium excessive warmth (you might have to work in batches). Take away hen from marinade and let extra marinade drip off. Add hen and prepare dinner, undisturbed for Three-Four minutes, or till properly browned on one aspect. Flip hen over, cowl, and scale back warmth to medium. Prepare dinner roughly Three-5 extra minutes (relying on thickness of hen), or till hen is cooked via. Let hen relaxation 5 minutes earlier than slicing.

GRILL DIRECTIONS

  1. If hen has been refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time allowing).

  2. Grease and preheat the grill to medium warmth, 375-450°F. Take away hen from marinade and let extra marinade drip off. Grill hen undisturbed for 5-7 minutes per aspect, or till hen is cooked by means of. (An inserted thermometer ought to learn 165 levels F.) Let hen relaxation 5 minutes earlier than slicing.

Recipe Notes

***Lemongrass could be discovered within the produce part of your grocery retailer. In the event you grocery retailer doesn’t have it, then specialty shops reminiscent of Sprouts and Entire Meals will carry it.  In case you can’t discover it, be sure to ask somebody!  To organize lemongrass, take away outer robust layers  till you attain layers the place the underside of the stalk is white and mushy.  Chop white backside part of lemon grass up till it will get robust – concerning the backside third of the lemongrass stalk.  2 stalks of lemon grass ought to yield roughly Three tablespoons.

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