Using Herbs and Spices

Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Poultry)

Spicy Barbecued Chicken Legs Recipe

(Chan Ga Nau Voi Gia Vi)

Ingredients : Serves 5


15 ml



30 ml

3 cloves


1 stalk


15 ml

1 teaspoon


Lemon Dip

2 teaspoons


Chicken legs, preferably from corn-fed chickens

Sesame oil



Vegetable oil

Garlic, crushed

Spring onions, finely chopped

Lemon grass, finely chopped

Red or green chili peppers, finely chopped

Nuoc Mam sauce





Lemons, cut in quarters

Freshly ground black pepper


Method :
  • Place the chicken legs on a wooden board and, using a sharp knife, stab them in several places.

  • This helps them absorb the marinade and prevents the skin from breaking.

  • Make the marinade by heating the vegetable oil and adding the garlic, spring onions and lemon grass.

  • Cook for 2-3 minutes and leave to cool.

  • Stir in the chili, Nuoc Mam sauce, sugar and salt.

  • Put the chicken legs in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over. Cover the dish and marinade for 2 hours, turning from time to time.

  • Brush liberally with sesame oil and put on a barbecue or under a preheated moderate grill for 15-20 minutes, turning frequently and brushing with oil.

  • Serve immediately with lemon dip and pickled vegetables.

  • Guests make their own dip by mixing salt and pepper and moistening with a quarter of lemon.

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