Easy Asian Chicken With Scallions

Total Time
24hrs 15mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 15 mins

I found this in the local paper, and made it for dinner. So easy, and totally divine! The chicken marinates in fish sauce, known as Nam Pla and Nuoc Nam, available at well stocked supermarkets and certainly in Asian food stores. This is a great picnic dish, served a room temperature or chilled. Marinate in advance, cooks in a snap! Serve with Japanese steamed rice and a green salad, YUMMY!


  1. The day prior, cut each breast in half across the width of the breast.
  2. Place chicken in bowl and pour fish sauce over. Toss to coat.
  3. Remove 3 inches of dark green part of scallions and discard.
  4. Slice scallions very thin, on the bias, about 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Add scallions to bowl with chicken and toss.
  6. Cover and chill for 18-24 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 500°.
  8. Lift chicken from fish sauce, letting scallion slices remain on the chicken.
  9. Place chicken on rimmed baking sheet.
  10. Bake 10-12 minutes, until just firm, then put under broiler about 8 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes, until golden.
  11. Remove from oven, remove skin and serve immediately, if serving hot.
Most Helpful

This is way too simple, but it really works! I resisted my temptation to add anything extra, and I was pleased with the end result. I let my chicken marinate for the full 24 hours. I used skinless boneless breasts because that's what I had. I'll do this again with thighs, too. Thanx!

*Parsley* September 13, 2009

This is for the tag game. I had to use 2 small chickens (about 800g each) disjointed to 4 small breasts and 4 marylands. Followed marination but when it came to cooking couldn't use the grill (broiler) so baked in an 200 degree celcius fan forced oven for 45 minutes. The results was a moist chicken with crispy skin (couldn't resist eating). Was a bit salty for our taste (I haven't added salt to cooking for nearly 30 years) but was not overpowering. Will try again maybe with a different fish sauce (used a thai one). DH did suggest that he thought a bit of sesame oil to the fish sauce may enhance the flavour? Will definately be trying again, though with minor changes. Thank you NoraMarie.

I'mPat February 11, 2007