Lemongrass Chicken Recipe
There are so many ways to make a lemongrass chicken recipe! If you like citrusy chicken and haven’t had the chance to try a lemongrass chicken recipe, do so now! The dish is most popular in Vietnam but it’s delicious anywhere in the world!
But before you do, you should know a few things. If you’ve never used fresh lemongrass before, it looks somewhat similar to green onions. Be sure to pick up the right thing when you’re at the grocery store, as they have very different tastes.
Ingredients Necessary for Our Lemongrass Chicken Recipe
For a decently authentic dish, you’ll need chicken, lemongrass, honey, fish/soy sauce, and garlic at the very least. If you enjoy and aren’t restricted from extra spiciness, sprinkle some chopped red chiles on top!
When it comes to preparing lemongrass, be thorough. If you don’t use fresh lemongrass (as well as other veggies and sauces) it will be much easier, but the effect won’t be quite as wonderful as it could be! That being said, it does take a little bit of effort to get just right.
Lemongrass has an exterior that needs to be removed. Once you remove the first layer, you should probably beat it up a little bit because it’s mean. It’s not really mean, but you should pulverize it to avoid later annoyance! I say it’s mean because it still tends to get caught on teeth and gums. If it’s finely grated, diced, or chopped you’ll have less of an issue, though!
You won’t want to eat the whole stalk. Focus on getting to the pale/white center towards the bottom. I’m not well-acquainted with explaining how to cut lemongrass, so you may want to do a little research! That’s how I learned! I can picture it, but I’m just getting familiar with a lot of cooking terminology. I can do it, I just couldn’t always explain how!
I made my own variation of this lemongrass chicken recipe.
- lemongrass (fresh [prepared] or dried)
- chicken (trimmed and cut into small strips)
- soy or fish sauce (both, halved to create a whole, if you’re feeling feisty)
- oil (such as canola or sesame)
- a wok or large frying pan/skillet
- (a little onion or onion powder, if you like)
- (optional) chopped red chiles for garnish
Making Lemongrass Chicken
- Marinate the chicken in the sauce of your choosing and honey.
- Heat the oil over medium-high.
- Toss the lemongrass and garlic in, followed almost immediately by the chicken.
- Since we have small strips, the chicken won’t take long to cook.
Add the optional onion here.
- Halfway through cooking the chicken (which shouldn’t take 5 minutes), add soy or fish sauce and combine.
If it’s a little salty, add more honey. Try not to make it too sweet so you can be sure to experience the lemongrass! I’d add a sprinkle of chopped red chiles for a bit of spice, to make it extra nice.
Once you’ve made and enjoyed it for the first time, toy around with different garnishes and additions. It keeps things fun, especially if you have leftovers. Good luck!