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Vietnamese lemongrass chicken
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5 from 16 votes

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

Chicken marinated in lemongrass, fish sauce, and other aromatics. Perfect for an easy, weeknight dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: lemongrass chicken, lemongrass chicken recipe, Vietnamese lemongrass chicken, Vietnamese lemongrass chicken recipe
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 579kcal
Author: Becca Du



  • Combine all the ingredients for the marinade into a bowl (garlic through brown sugar). Mix and add the chicken. Make sure the chicken is coated in the marinade. Let it marinate in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight. I would highly recommend overnight for the best flavor.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Next sear the chicken skin to ensure it’s nice and crispy. Heat some oil over medium high heat. Sear the chicken, skin side down, for 1-2 minutes until brown.
  • After searing, place the chicken on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with rice, fresh vegetables, and a fried egg.


  • Adjust the cook time accordingly when using different cuts of chicken - You can use any cut of chicken for this recipe, but they will cook differently depending on thickness and if they included bones. For example, I used bone in chicken thighs which cook for 30-35 minutes in the oven. However, boneless chicken thighs will cook for 20-22 minutes. Adjust the cook time accordingly when using different cuts of chicken.
  • Sear the chicken skin to trap in flavor and keep it crispy - This is a cool tip I learned from watching Gordon Ramsey cook. He always says "no color, no flavor".
  • Do not cut into the chicken immediately after cooking - If you cut into chicken or any meat right after you cook it, its juices will spill out. Letting it rest will allow the juices to redistribute into the meat, creating for a juicy, yummy texture.


Calories: 579kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 2092mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg