Thursday, September 5, 2013

lemongrass chicken

This is a really easy recipe. You only need two main ingredients to make this. Yep. Chicken and lemongrass.

How much more easy can it get?

About an hour before I wanted to cook the dish, I marinated the chicken with salt, bicarbonate of soda, egg white and corn flour.

I also finely shredded the lemongrass after removing the tough outermost layers.

In a pot, I added clean vegetable oil. Once heated, I added the chicken pieces and fried them until they were cooked through and golden brown. Then the chicken pieces were placed on kitchen towels to drain and set aside.

Once all the chicken pieces had been cooked, I added water, fish sauce, sugar and lemongrass into my wok, and turned the heat up.

When the water started to boil, I added all the chicken, turned the heat to medium and cooked until the liquid was fairly dry. (You will need to stir the chicken occasionally.)

And the dish is done! :)

Lemongrass Chicken (Serves 4-6)
Loosely adapted from Authentic Homestyle Cuisine by K.S.Lee

1 chicken, cut into pieces
6 pieces lemongrass, trimmed and finely shredded
1 1/2 cups water
3 tbs sugar
3 tbs fish sauce

1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 egg whites
6 tbs cornflour

1. Marinate chicken about an hour before cooking. Set chicken aside in fridge.
2. Trim and finely shred lemongrass.
3. Fry chicken in batches in hot oil until cooked through and golden brown. Drain on kitchen towels and set aside.
4. Add water, sugar, fish sauce and lemongrass into wok. Bring water to a boil.
5. Add chicken, turn heat to medium and cook until the liquid is fairly dry. Stir occasionally.
6. Serve hot.

I am submitting this recipe for Cook-Your-Books hosted by Kitchen Flavours.


  1. Hi Diana,
    This looks yummy! I've cooked a pork belly version of braised in lemon grass last week, and it was so fragrant. And I can imagine how fragrant your chicken dish must be, and delicious too!
    Thank you for sharing with CYB!

    1. Hey there! Thanks for leaving a comment! Now I am going to be dreaming of lemongrass pork belly for the rest of the day... Yum :)

  2. Hi Diana, This dish looks so simple and flavorful, I love the smell of lemongrass a lot:) Pinned for reference:D

    1. Hi Jeannie, thank you! It was really yummy actually - I think I shall cook it again this week some time :P

  3. Hi Diana,
    I can't cook. But this looks simple.
    I'll try it out this weekend :P

  4. Looks great! I love lemongrass and this dish must be very fragrant!

    1. Hey Vivian, if you like lemongrass, you can add as much lemongrass as you like! This recipe is pretty forgiving :)

  5. Hi Diana

    I tried this. It's really delicious. But for someone like me who has never used wok to fry anything before was indeed a horrifying experience for me. Ha ha ha!

    After this experience, I believe I'll handle wok better next time. This recipe is good. I'll definitely cook this again :)

    1. Hi Amy I am so happy you overcame your fear of frying and made this!!!! Kudos to you :)