Coconut Lemongrass Chicken

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

Recipe from Food Network. BE WARNED!!!!! This is a very spicy dish. You may want to adjust the seasonings accordingly. I repeat, this is a very spicy dish. That said, everyone at my house loved it. The chicken (I used thighs) came about unbelievably melt in your mouth tender. Serve on a bed of rice noodles. Yummy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add half the onion and all of the garlic and cook, until they both begin to soften, about 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add salt, pepper, sugar, ginger and chicken.
  4. Cook until the sugar melts and chicken begins to brown, approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Add the rest of the onion, chile peppers, lemon grass, curry powder, soy sauce, fish sauce (or Worcestershire sauce), and the coconut milk.
  6. Stir, lower heat to medium-low and cover.
  7. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle, about 10 minutes.
  8. Remove lid and simmer until the sauce thickens and the chicken is tender, about 10 more minutes.
  9. Serve warm over a bed of rice noodles, or whatever plain starch you prefer.
Most Helpful

This is really good though it wasn't nearly as spicy as I expected and I used habenaro instead of chilies. I'll add even more spice next time. I did make a few changes but not a ton. I used pork instead of chicken because chicken is over $5 a pound and I can't afford it very often. I didn't have fish sauce so I had to substitute. At the end I decided I needed more veggies so I grated a carrot into the sauce and also added a grating of lime zest. This one's a keeper.

manderson September 23, 2013

This is very good! The flavor is rich and complex. I left out the chilis and it was still a little spicy - I guess from the curry. Next time I will double the sauce ingredients as we wished there was more sauce for the noodles to soak up. This is only my second time cooking with lemongrass, so I may adjust my rating when I've tried it again. Personally, I would have given it 5 stars, but the family leaned more towards 4.

Elisa72 May 13, 2008

This is totally awesome. My house smelled so good while this was cooking. I did make a couple of small changes though, I can't find fresh lemon grass here, but had some in a tube, (it's like Lemon Grass paste), so I used that, and I was out of fresh peppers, so I used dried flakes. It was spicy but not burn your face offf hot, I used rice noodles, and will probably use a different type pasta next time as the MOTH thinks rice pasta is nasty... sheesh. Thanks for a new way to fix chicken

bayou-mimi April 24, 2006