17 April 2011

Lemongrass Chicken

We haven’t had any rice for a while and after a few days of leftovers it was nice to get back to my roots. Rice is so easy to pair with other food. For me rice always has to go with some kind(s) of meat and veggie. And sometimes soup too if I have the time for it. Today I was craving lemongrass chicken. So lemongrass chicken it is. So good to be able to cook whatever you’re craving.
For lemongrass chicken I used: onion, a piece of chili, one lemongrass, 3 cloves of garlic and a bit of ginger.

I like to get everything ready before I actually do the cooking. So I cut the onion in cubs, finely chopped the lemongrass and a little piece of chili, chopped some garlic and finely chopped the ginger. If you want you can grate the ginger too, but I like the little bits of ginger. Everything goes in one bowl.

I had 2 chicken thighs (wish I had more) and chopped them in piece. Now it is time to make my caramel sauce. I used 3 tablespoons of sugar to do so.

I used the same pot I use for the caramel sauce and started by adding some oil and the chopped onion. Then the rest of the bowl went in.

I waited till the garlic browned then it was time for the chicken and some salt and pepper. After everything is mixed the caramel sauce went in.  
Because there was not enough sauce I had to add one drinking cup of water. After it came to a boil I tasted it and added some more salt and a bit of sugar. You want it to be salt, sweat and chili hot. Once the sauce is to your liking turn on the heat and let the sauce thicken a bit.
After 15-20 minutes the sauce has been reduced and the chicken has got a nice brown color. Make sure you keep an eye on your pot; the sauce can burn if your heat is to high. As a finishing touch sprinkle some chopped spring onions.
Chicken and rice is not really a healthy meal so I made some stir fried flat green beans.
I chopped the beans in about 1,5 cm.
In a big wok I poured some oil, some fresh ground pepper, one table spoon of oyster sauce and a little bit sesame oil.
When the wok is nice and hot I added the beans and stir fried them till they were done but still crunchy. I also added a little bit salt and some more pepper.

The whole meal didn’t take more then 30 minutes to make. The hubby was very happy to have rice on his plate. The chicken sauce was so good he could just eat that with rice. Noting else needed.


  1. This sounds very pleasing meal! Love the way you made it! Anything with rice is going great:))

  2. Sandra thank you for stopping by! It was a very good easy to make meal. Just what you need after a long days work.

  3. Your sauce is beautiful and I love the green of the beans next to it. Such a great way to cook chicken.

  4. Mmm I love lemongrass but have never cooked with it. That chicken looks so good, I will have to try it next time i see lemongrass at the farmers market!

  5. Looks so delicious. Love the aromatics and the spice and, yes, the caramel sauce! This is my type of food.

  6. This looks delicious! I love lemongrass chicken. Definitely need to make this!

  7. @ Angela: Thank you. The green beans went really well with the chicken.

    @ Lindselicious: in the Vietnamese kitchen we use a lot of lemongrass. We use it for marinating and for cooking. If you have left over lemongrass you can freeze it as well.

    @ Franklin: Thanks! This is food from my childhood.

    @ Andora: It's all about the sauce. Once you get the caramel sauce down, you can use it for almost all kinds of meat. Although I haven't tried it for beef.

    @ Kate: Hope you like it as much as me. Let me know how it turned out.

  8. Love all the ingredients in this dish! I always like to order this when I'm out to eat, so will definitely have to try. :-)

  9. Lordy, I bet that smells incredible. The veg and the chicken and the rice...the whole shabang just looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. This looks lovely, I will definitely give it a try! Never thought about using lemon grass with type of chicken dish!

  11. It's always nice when we can just whip up what we're craving, isn't it? After this post, now I'm craving some delicious lemongrass chicken!

  12. Lemongrass is such a lovely herb and a perfect partner for chicken. The beans are a nice splash of green in this dish.

  13. I'm glad you all liked it. Let me know how it turned out.

  14. This dish does indeed look very good! I love lemongrass, I used to think it tasted bad but I don't know how you can have dishes without it now! :)


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