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Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Summer is here and that means that it is time to get some more grilling on! Up first, I thought that I would start with a light dish in the form of some Vietnamese style grilled lemongrass chicken. The chicken is marinated in a marinade that focuses on some amazingly fragrant lemongrass which as its name suggests has the aroma of lemons. The marinade builds up it flavour with shallots, garlic and ginger and then adds aspects of sweet, salty and spicy in the form of sugar, fish sauce and chilies. After being coated in the marinade the chicken is then left to chill out in the fridge to absorb all of the flavours of the marinade. If you are short on time you can cut the marinade time down but the longer the chicken has to marinate the better and ideally this should be done the night before.

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

With a few minutes of grilling the chicken is ready. This lemongrass grilled chicken makes for a great appetizer when served with some nuoc cham, a Vietnamese dipping sauce. Cucumbers or even simple pickled cucumbers are a great way to cleanse the palate in between bites.

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

With summer here now, what are your favourite skewered grilled meat dishes?

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Fragrant lemongrass chicken grilled on a stick.


Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, peeled and chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 birds eye chili, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
Directions
  1. Mash the lemongrass, shallot, garlic, ginger and chili in a mortar and pestle.
  2. Mix the mashed mixture and the sugar, oyster sauce, fish sauce and oil and marinate the chicken for at least an hour, covered in the fridge.
  3. Skewer the chicken and grill over medium-high heat until golden brown on both sides, about 2-4 minutes per side.


Lemongrass Chicken Rice Vermicelli Salad

If you are looking for something a little more substantial you can easily add the lemongrass chicken to a salad and a Vietnamese style rice vermicelli salad is the perfect way to do it. This salad starts with a base of the lemon grass chicken and rice vermicelli and then it fills out with fresh vegetables including lettuce, carrots, cucumber and beansprouts. Of course there just had to be a healthy dose of fresh herbs and this time I went with mint, though cilantro or basil would also be perfectly at home in this salad as well. For the 'dressing' I went with nuoc cham, a Vietnamese dipping sauce which is particularly nice with its balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy.

Lemongrass Chicken Rice Vermicelli Salad

Lemongrass Chicken Rice Vermicelli Salad

Grilled lemongrass chicken served over a rice noodle salad with vegetables tossed in a Vietnamese dipping sauce style dressing.


Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 8 (ounces) rice vermicelli, cooked as directed on the package
  • 1 batch lemongrass chicken, warm
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, shredded
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1/4 cup Vietnamese dipping sauce (nuoc cham)
Directions
  1. Assemble salad and enjoy.

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21 comments:

daphne said...

OH I love this already. Sauce, the grilled chicken with enough of the "Charness" nicely done!

vanillasugar said...

perfect. printing this.
i love lemongrass chicken.
leftovers are fabulous in a roll up with peanut sauce.

Claire @ Claire K Creations said...

Yum I love lemongrass. I'm saving this one for summer. It's a little too cold outside for barbequing at the moment.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely flavors! That chicken on a stick is awesome and summery.

Cheers,

Rosa

Debs @ DKC said...

Oh yum, this is my kind of dish, thanks.

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

yum! that sounds so refreshing, perfect for summer. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Kate@katescakesandbakes said...

This post bought back some brilliant memories of all the delicious items we ate during a month in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia last year. Great trip, great food! I must give this recipe a go...

anniebakes said...

good stuff kevin! I love anything on the grill but shrimp skewers are one of my favorites!! anne

bellini said...

This looks so tantalizing Kevin. Such a tease so early in the morning..didn't I just have breakfast?

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

Oh how delightfully refreshing! Great summer chicken. I am always looking for chicken recipes. Thanks for a great one!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

I love everything about this recipe! Looks just amazing, I will be trying it soon!

Mai said...

This is so beautiful! It looks totally refreshing and summery. I will definitely have to try my own soon!

Tatiyana said...

So it might be storming here in Chicago, but I might have to brave the lightening and fire up the grill to make this! The flavors sound amazing and it seems like such a nice, light, summer dinner. Thanks for the awesome recipe:)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I just bought a rotisserie for my grill, so I am planning on playing with that a little this summer...

Healthy and Homemade said...

Oh yum! The perfect summer flavors. Sounds amazing.

Pam said...

I have had this in a Vietnamese restaurant and enjoyed it. Now that I see the recipe, it does not appear too difficult. It sounds like a great change of pace for the next time we BBQ. Delicious and happens to be pretty darned healthy too. Thanks. And to vanillsugar, I say oh yeah, peanut sauce for sure!

Kim said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I can taste the spicy and tangy flavor! Yummm! :)

Culinary Cory said...

Oh I love this idea! I'll need to explore the magical world of lemon grass soon.

Cara said...

What a gorgeous salad! I've never worked with fresh lemongrass but it's definitely on my list now.

Elsie Hui said...

This is great! thanks for the recipe for Lemon Grass Chicken done in a few ways! :)

Anonymous said...

Just made the chicken and LOVE it! I can't wait to try it on a salad. Thx!

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