Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken Marinade

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This works just as well with pork. It's not overly sweet, but wonderfully different. Great grilled as well. If the fish sauce is too strong, replace a tablespoon of fish sauce with water. Prep time does not include marinade time. If you don;t want to marinade, just use it as a stir-fry sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the sugar in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until brown. It will smoke slightly.
  2. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir the fish sauce into the caramel, being careful to guard against splattering (the mixture will bubble vigorously).
  3. Return the mixture to low heat and gently boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the shallots and ground pepper to taste; stir to combine.
  5. Cover chicken with marinade for at least 1/2 hr, preferably more.
  6. Grill or barbecue or stir-fry for about 3 minutes.
  7. NOTE: Cool this sauce thoroughly before using. If cold food is added to a caramel sauce that is hot, the sugar will harden instantly and you'll end up with a dish full of candy chips.


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This sounds wonderful, guess what we are having for tea tomorrow, 'cept I will use ribs, because that is what I have handy atm! I'll rate after we have tried it. :-)

djmastermum November 27, 2005

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