Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

Lemongrass chicken is an all-time Vietnamese classic. This recipe is a guaranteed winner and a great way to spice up your chicken meals for the week.

This recipe makes it easily onto my top 3 chicken marinades. It is easy and simple, with only a few kitchen staples and the results are sensational.

It is the ultimate crowd-pleaser and the best thing about this dish is that you can cook it in a variety of ways.

How can I cook Lemongrass chicken?

Air-fryer: If you are on the go and need a quick, easy meal, then pop this into the air-fryer (skin down first) for the first 10 mins at 180 degrees. Then skin up for about 5 mins on 200 degrees or until skin is crispy.

BBQ: If you are throwing a BBQ, marinate the meat and place this on the BBQ. Cook until both sides are crispy and golden.

Pan-fry: On a frying pan over medium-high heat, place the chicken into the pan ( skin down first) and cook until both sides are brown. This should be approx. 6-8 minutes depending on the size of your chicken thighs.

Grill: If you have the grill on or one of those convection ovens, you can grill the chicken on 160 degrees or until golden on both sides. This should take approximately 10-12 minutes.

It is a great blend of salty and sweet with a big hit of lemongrass – so if you’re a fan of lemongrass, give this recipe a go!

All you need for this is Lemongrass (duh), chicken thigh fillets, soya sauce (optional), garlic, sugar, fish sauce, chilli flakes, limes, sesame oil (optional), and vegetable oil.

Lemongrass: I like to use fresh lemongrass but I know not everyone has access to it so you can use frozen minced lemongrass.

Sugar: You can use raw or white sugar. If you don’t have either, you can use brown sugar but I would suggest adding a little more as white sugar is sweeter. The sugar helps with caramelising and getting that chicken skin crispy.

Chicken thigh fillets: I like using boneless chicken thigh fillets with skin. Some may prefer skinless fillets and that’s totally fine as well.

This recipe is easy because you can start the marinade process beforehand and cook the next day or so. So the prep time for this is split across two days and great for making big batches. You can also freeze it for up to a month if you don’t plan on cooking all of it.

What goes with Lemongrass Chicken?

Lemongrass chicken pairs well with either rice or vermicelli noodles. I usually make this if I am having a bun bowl with fresh herbs, fish sauce dressing and pickled veggies. The dish is well balanced because of the salty meat, coupled with a sweet & sour dressing (Vietnamese fish sauce) and fresh noodles.

lemongrass chicken

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

This fragrant and flavourful Lemongrass Chicken is simple to make, highly versatile, and a crowd-pleaser with the whole family!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4


  • 1 Kg Chicken thigh fillets Boneless with skin on
  • 2 Stalks Lemongrass Alternatively, you can use minced or 1 cup of frozen minced lemongrass
  • 6 Cloves Minced garlic
  • ¼ Cup Fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ¼ Cup White or raw sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 3-4 Juiced Limes
  • Pinch Chilli flakes


  • Combine lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, lime juice and chilli flakes. Taste and adjust as required!
  • Add chicken fillets to the marinade and mix until all fillets are coated in the marinade. If possible marinate overnight and if that isn't possible leave it aside for 30 minutes.
  • Heat pan on medium-high, add oil, and place chicken with skin down first and undisturbed for approx. 5-6 minutes or until skin is crispy golden brown. (See notes in the blog article for other cooking methods and instructions)
  • Cook chicken until golden brown on both sides. This should take 10-12 minutes in total depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  • Rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve with spring onion oil, fish sauce dressing or enjoy as it is!
Keyword Chicken, Lemongrass

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