Using Herbs and Spices

Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Poultry)

Chicken and Lemon Grass Curry Recipe

(Cari Ga Xao Lan)

Ingredients : Serves 4

2 tablespoons

2 cloves


3 stalks

2 tablespoons

1/2 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

1 teaspoon


750 g

3 tablespoons

125 ml


Garnishing :

2 tablespoons


Groundnut oil

Garlic, finely chopped

Shallots, finely sliced

Lemon grass, crushed and cut into 2.5 cm pieces

Nuoc cham sauce


Palm or golden granulated sugar

Mild curry paste, such as korma or Thai yellow curry paste

Small green chilies, chopped

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch strips

Chicken stock

Coconut milk



Crushed roasted peanuts

Coriander (cilantro) leaves

Method :
  • Heat the oil in a wok.

  • Add the garlic and shallots.

  • Stir fry for 1 minute.

  • Add the lemon grass, nuoc cham sauce, pepper, sugar, curry paste, chilies and chicken strips. Stir fry for 4 minutes.

  • Add the stock and coconut milk. Mix well and simmer gently for 7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  • Serve garnished with peanuts and coriander leaves.

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