Vietnamese Clay Pot Chicken

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a delicious and well known Vietnamese dish which you can prepare in your own home. Many traditional Vietnamese recipes are prepared in a clay pot, which is first soaked in water before being placed in a cold oven. As the pot heats up in the oven, tiny water particles are released, causing a pressure-steaming effect to cook the food. The result? Intensified flavour and tenderness, retention of nutrients and vitamins, and a wonderful aroma when the lid is removed. If using your clay pot for the first time, submerge it and the lid overnight in cold water, then proceed with the recipe. Thereafter the pot and lid need only be soaked for 15 minutes prior to using. It is important to use an unglazed clay pot, not a terra cotta baking pot with glazed interior and unglazed exterior. When removing the hot clay pot from the oven, always set it on a cloth pad or towel rather than a cold surface, or the sudden change in temperature may crack the pot. Preparation time for this recipe does not include soaking the pot or the time needed to marinate the chicken.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove the skin from the chicken.
  2. Mix all marinade ingredients together in a large bowl, add the chicken pieces and stir gently.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge for at least three hours, but not more than 24 hours.
  4. Place chicken, marinade, quartered onions, bok choy and chicken stock into the soaked clay pot, and mix gently.
  5. Cover and place the clay pot into a cold oven.
  6. Turn oven temperature to 360F - 375F (moderate heat).
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until chicken is tender.
  8. If using shiitake mushrooms, add 15 minutes before the end of cooking time.


Most Helpful

Didn't have a claypot so I cooked it in my LeCrueset. Delicious!

Sharon777 January 07, 2006

Delicious. I forgot about putting in the shiitake mushrooms with 20 mts to do and added them with all the other ingredients. I also added some minced up ginger. They ('shrooms)absorbed the sauce and were wonderful. I also cooked it in the clay pot for 1 hour at 425 degrees and then removed the lid for another 10 mts. I left the skin on the thighs. Who doesn't love crispy chicken skin. Finally I garnished it with chopped up cilantro. I'll do this one on a regular basis

roberts_dennis February 22, 2009

Hi Daydream, I was just about to post this recipe, then I realised I didn't need to! How scrumptious is this chicken, it just melts in your mouth. I halved the recipe, used frozen thighs and omitted the marinating step, so they went straight from the freezer to the oven. I added a bit of extra time in the pot to account for this. I was out of baby bok choy, so instead I used some spinach and green beans. I also left out the lemongrass and don't have a clay pot, just used an earthenware casserole. I noted in the AWW Great Asian Food book, where I found this recipe, that the chicken can be frozen for up to a month at the end of step 3 which is just so convenient! This is a definite keeper. I can't wait to make it again! Maybe tomorrow.

oloschiavo December 01, 2006

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