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Vietnamese One-Pan Caramel Chicken

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One pan, one simple recipe, one winner of a dish. Pure magic happens with this chicken dish – you won’t believe your tastebuds!

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VIETNAMESE ONE-PAN CARAMEL CHICKEN

PREP TIME

10 minutes
COOK TIME

35 minutes
SERVES

4
Ingredients

bone-in, skin-on chicken thigh pieces 

1 tbsp vegetable oil 

½ cup brown sugar 

2 tbsp fish sauce 

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 

1 cup coconut water 

½ tsp ground black pepper 

1 long red chilli, finely sliced 

roughly chopped coriander (cilantro), to serve 

sliced cucumber, to serve 

steamed rice, to serve (click here to see my recipe for how to cook rice)

salt 

Steps
Step 1

Season the chicken pieces with salt. 

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, skin-side down and sear for about 5 minutes until you get a golden colour. Then turn and sear for another 2 minutes. Transfer the chicken pieces to a large plate or tray. 

Step 3

Remove and discard some of the fat from the pan, being sure to leave about 2 tablespoons in the pan. Place the pan back over medium heat. Add the garlic, brown sugar and fish sauce. Cook, stirring for a minute. Then add the coconut water and black pepper. Place the chicken in the sauce skin-side up. Simmer for 2 minutes. Then turn the chicken over, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Turn the chicken again, then cover with a lid and simmer for a further 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (keep an eye on the caramel sauce, if it looks too thick or starts to burn add a little more coconut water or plain water). 

Step 4

Transfer the chicken to a plate. Drizzle over the sauce. Sprinkle with coriander and chilli. Serve with cucumber and steamed rice.

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Geri Grace
December 19, 2022

Good but not sticky

I followed the recipe, however, it took longer for me to get the chicken just golden brown. I used a non- stick frying pan on an electric stove so I’m not sure if that is to blame.

My sauce didn’t thicken although it was tasty over the chicken and white rice that I served with scallions.

I would try it again as I enjoyed the flavor.

JT
December 19, 2022

Family loves it!

Family loved it, and it’s an easy dish with common ingredients.

Dayle
October 3, 2022

Sticky & totally delicious

This is now on a rotation with my family. One of my go too classic easy dinners that everyone loves. I cook extra so there are leftovers. Its fab with some crunchy coleslaw I dress with a squeeze of lime juice & left over sauce.

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