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Thai Lemongrass Chicken

I love fried chicken at the best of times, but when it’s combined with fragrant and fabulous lemongrass, I love it even more! This is a gorgeous, simple dish that pairs beautifully with steamed rice and a crunchy papaya salad.


Thai Lemongrass Chicken

10 minutes
20 minutes

500g (1 lb) chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed and cut into roughly 4cm batons

5 garlic cloves

2 coriander (cilantro) roots

2 tsp whole black peppercorns

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp corn flour (cornstarch

vegetable oil for deep frying

5 makrut lime leaves, destemmed and finely sliced

  • Step 1

    Place the chicken in a large bowl.

  • Step 2

    Use a mortar and pestle to pound the lemongrass until it is light, fluffy and stringy (watch the video below to see how it should look). Transfer the lemongrass to the same bowl as the chicken.

  • Step 3

    Use the mortar and pestle to pound the garlic, coriander roots and peppercorns to a rough paste. Add this to the chicken along with the oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar and corn flour. Mix thoroughly with your hands, breaking up the clumps of lemongrass as you mix.

  • Step 4

    Fill a saucepan or wok to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. The oil is hot enough at 165°C/325°F or when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles.

  • Step 5

    Cook the chicken (along with the bits of lemongrass) in batches in the hot oil for 4-5 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Scoop out any bits of lemongrass that brown before the chicken is ready. Drain the lemongrass and chicken on paper towel.

  • Step 6

    Toss everything into a large bowl and add the makrut lime leaves. Toss to combine and serve.

  • Step 7

    This one is great with sticky rice and Thai papaya salad or served with steamed rice.

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What our customers say

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)
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Incredible recipe

August 2, 2023

My garden, with cilantro, lemon grass, thai basil, had everything needed for this recipe. It was a blast to make. Love using mortar and pestle. Know the pounded mix is filled with fresh flavor. Easy recipe and delicious. Thank you so much❤️

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The easiest fried chicken!

November 3, 2022

I don’t have a mortar and pestle so breaking down the lemongrass provided a good arm workout. Other than that, prepping and assembling the ingredients was easy and fast and I cut my chicken small enough that it cooked at the same time as the lemongrass “fluff” and nothing burned (yay!). Very delicious! I loved that there wasn’t flour in this recipe so my clothes and my house didn’t smell like grease and that fried smell that usually accompanies frying. Husband loved it as well. Served with a simple steamed jasmine rice. Next time I’ll have a spicy cucumber salad with it as well.

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