Meat,  Quick & Easy,  Vietnamese

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

This dish is my go-to easy meal prep recipe. You can make this in large batches and it’s extremely versatile. With this simple protein, you can make rice plates, vermicelli bowl, spring rolls, fried rice… the possibilities are endless. Give it a shot and let me know what you think! 



  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 stalks lemongrass (~3 tablespoons prepared)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons shallots -OR- any onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoon neutral oil (canola, grape-seed, etc)
  • Scallion, sliced for garnish, optional
  • Fried garlic, for garnish, optional (You can buy these at your Asian market!)
  • Maggi Seasoning, optional 


Prepare the lemongrass:

I usually get fresh lemongrass stalks, but you can always use prepared lemongrass as well. You can typically find those in the frozen aisle of your grocer. This is a good alternative if fresh ones are not available.

To prepare your fresh stalks, first peel off the outer rough layers. These layers are too fibrous to eat. Next, you want to cut off the stem, and take about 3-inches of the bottom end. Slice thinly and set aside for use.



I prefer to grill these on a hot summer day, but completely understandable if it’s neither summer nor hot. It might also be hard to justify starting a grill just for a few pieces of chicken. So if you choose to bake it– as I do very often– I will definitely not judge you. 

  • In a spice grinder / mortar / blender / food processor (really, anything!) blend or pound lemongrass, garlic, and shallots until a paste is formed.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, paste, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, black pepper, and oil. Mix well.
  • Marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours in fridge.
  • Grill -OR- Preheat oven for 425 F. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Slice and serve with rice or noodles. You can optionally garnish with fried garlic, scallions, and some Maggi seasoning. Enjoy!


Did you make this recipe? If so, let me know in the comments how it went!


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