Lemongrass chicken. The perfect way to feature the incredible flavor of lemongrass. A touch of chili paste and brown sugar adds some sweet heat to this delicious grilled chicken. For a quick and easy meal idea, this lemongrass flavored chicken is a sure winner.

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Recipe Video

Commonly used in East Asian cuisine, the citrus aroma and lemony flavor of lemongrass makes it a stellar choice for a lip-smacking marinade for your favorite protein and vegetables. Just the right amount of this aromatic herb uplifts the entire dish.


  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste (or 2 bird’s eye chilies, finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 kg chicken thighs (see notes)
  • Oil, to brush the grill grates
  • Egg noodles or cooked rice, to serve


    1. Remove the tough outer layers from lemongrass and chop finely. Place it in a food processor along with garlic and shallots. Process to a smooth paste.
    2. Add oil, fish sauce, chili paste, brown sugar and soy sauce. Process to a smooth paste. Transfer to a large bowl.
    3. Add chicken. Coat the chicken in the marinade. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.Preheat grill to low heat.
    4. Brush the grates with oil. Remove the thighs from the marinade, shaking off any excess. Place them on the grill smooth side up. Cook, covered, for 12-15 minutes. Baste with the marinade. Flip over and cook, covered, for another 12-15 minutes or until no pink remains.
    5. Transfer chicken to a platter and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


– Add more or less chili paste depending on how hot you like it

– You can also bake the chicken thighs at 220C / 450F for 40-45 minutes

Cre: nishkitchen

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