Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Poultry)

Lemon Grass Flavored Chicken Recipe

(Ga Xao Xa Ot)

Ingredients : Serves 4 - 6

2 tablespoons


2 teaspoons

2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons


3 stalks


1 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

Oil (for frying)

Red chilies, seeded and chopped


Roasted peanuts, finely chopped

Nuoc cham sauce

Chicken about 2 lb.

Lemon grass, finely chopped

Spring onions (scallions), finely sliced


Ground black pepper

Extra black pepper, (to taste)

Method :
  • Cut chicken into small serving pieces. Chop through the bones with a sharp knife.

  • Remove outer leaves of the lemon grass and finely slice the tender white part of the base of the stalks.

  • Bruise with mortar and pestle or handle the cleaver.

  • Mix the chicken with the salt, pepper, lemon grass and spring onions (scallions). Set aside for 20 minutes.

  • If lemon rind is used instead of lemon grass, shred the thinly peeled rind very finely with a sharp knife.

  • Heat the frying pan, add oil and when oil is hot, add the chicken mixture.

  • Stir fry for 4 minutes.

  • Add chilies and stir fry on medium heat for 10 minutes until chicken is cooked.

  • Season with sugar, peanuts and pepper. Stir well.

  • Add nuoc cham dipping sauce and toss to distribute evenly.

  • Serve immediately with rice or noodles.

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