Guide to Vietnamese Food and Dining

Recipe for Lemon Grass Chicken


This dish is slightly spicy.
submitted by Editor

3 lb chicken
1 large onion
Salt to taste
1 tbs ground chillies
1 tbs granulated sugar
1 cup water

4 garlic cloves
3 tbs vegetable oil
2 tbs minched lemon grass
4 tbs Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese fish sauce)
1 tbs caramel sauce


Rinse chicken and dry well. Cut into small pieces . Peel garlic and slice finely . Cut onion into halves lengthwise and then cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips.
Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt, garlic and onion. Fry over medium heat until onion becomes translucent. Add lemon grass and chili.

Fry 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned. Add fish sauce, sugar and caramel sauce, mixing well . Add 1 cup water and cook 45 minutes or until chicken is tender . Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary. Serve hot with caramel sauce.

To prepare caramel sauce: Mix 1/2 c sugar with 4 tablespoons of water in heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and let boil until mixture changes color.

Turn heat down to low and heat until brown. Add 1/2 cup water to mixture. Remove from heat.

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