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    Lemongrass Chicken

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    30 mins

    15 mins

    15 mins

    Dancer^'s Note:

    Fresh lemongrass can be found at Asian markets, specialty greengrocers, and at many supermarkets. If unavailable use dried lemon grass (soak in hot water for 20 minutes). Or use 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest. Taken from Steven Raichlen's "Big Flavor Cookbook."

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    1. 1
      Wash and dry the chicken and trim off any fat. Cut the chicken breast across the grain on the diagonal into 1/8-inch strips.
    2. 2
      Cut these strips into 2-inch pieces.
    3. 3
      Combine the chicken, honey, and 1 tablespoon fish sauce in a bowl and stir to mix.
    4. 4
      Let marinate for 5 to 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Trim the green leaves and root end off the lemongrass stalk and strip off the outside leaves.
    6. 6
      What remains will be a greenish crea m-colored core 4 to 5 inches long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
    7. 7
      Mince the core finely: You'll need about 2 tablespoons.
    8. 8
      Just before serving, heat a wok (preferably nonstick) over high heat and swirl in the oil.
    9. 9
      Add the garlic and lemongrass and stir-fry until fragrant but not brown, about 15 seconds.
    10. 10
      Add the chicken and stir-fry until the pieces turn white, about 1 minute. Move the chicken to the sides of the wok and add the o nion to the center.
    11. 11
      Stir-fry until the onion loses its rawness, about 1 minute. Mix the chicken back in the center of the wok, add the remaining fish sauce, continue stir-frying until the chicken is cooked, 2 to 3 minutes.
    12. 12
      Correct the seasoning, adding honey or fish sauce to taste. The dish should be a little sweet and salty.
    13. 13
      Sprinkle the chicken with the cilantro, if desired, and serve at once.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 01, 2003


      I give the first star for a healthy dish (122 calories). The second star for clarity, step by step clear instruction. The third star for listing substitutions (I used grated lemon zest and reduced sodium soy sauce). The last 2 stars for the superb taste. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.

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    • on September 17, 2004


      We don't have a wok but I still wanted to try this great recipe! I use whole chicken breasts and mixed the rest of the ingredients together and used them like a marinade. It was quite delicious! As a marinade, this recipe is a close, home-made version of the terriaki flavor of McCormicks grill seasonings. Our house will be making this agian! Thanks for the recipe!

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    • on April 03, 2012


      This is a very common Vietnamese dish. It's easy, quick, and a go-to meal with very basic ingredients. If you don't have honey, use sugar. If you don't have fish sauce, use soy sauce. However, you have to have lemongrass. Very easy and delicious. Thanks.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lemongrass Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (211 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 257.5
    Calories from Fat 80
    Total Fat 8.9 g
    Saturated Fat 1.2 g
    Cholesterol 90.8 mg
    Sodium 1226.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    Sugars 8.5 g
    Protein 31.4 g

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