Overhead shot of bowl of lemongrass chicken.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

Course: Main Dish - Chicken
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: chicken, lemongrass chicken, vietnamese chicken, vietnamese lemongrass chicken
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 335 kcal

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken is simple to make at home in just 15 minutes! Fragrant lemongrass and tangy lime juice coat the chicken with a delicious glaze that's perfect served with a side of rice. 



  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 lemongrass stalks tough outer layers removed, minced, divided
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 jalapenos seeded and minced, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro for serving
  • 1/4 cup rice plus additional for serving
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Put half of the lemongrass into a bowl with the fish sauce, sugar, half of the jalapenos, garlic, and chicken. Toss to combine and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet or a wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, until browned. Add the reserved jalapenos, lemongrass and onion. Cook until the onion is softened. Pour in the stock, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook, about 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Add lime juice. 

  3. Meanwhile, toast the rice in a small skillet over medium-high heat, until golden brown. Remove from heat. Using a mortar & pestle grind the rice into a coarse powder. Alternatively, you can use a clean coffee grinder for this. Set aside.

  4. Remove the lid, increase the heat, and continue to cook until the liquid is thickened. Sprinkle with toasted rice powder and cilantro and serve with rice and lime wedges on the side.

Nutrition Facts
Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 1383mg60%
Potassium 830mg24%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 18.2mg22%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.