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Air Fryer Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Recipe

Where Can I Buy Lemongrass?

Lemongrass can be found at Asian markets and often in the produce section of your grocery store. If your grocery store doesn’t have it, then specialty stores such as Whole Foods will most likely carry it. If you don’t spot it right away, make sure you ask someone because it is fairly common and probably hiding somewhere.

How to Choose Your Lemongrass

Your Lemongrass Chicken dish is only as good as your lemongrass!  When selecting lemongrass at the store, look for stalks that are firm but slightly pliable rather than soft and rubbery or dried out and brittle. Look for stalks that transition from pale yellow at the base to bright green in the husks and avoid stalks with leaves that are starting to brown. 


Lemongrass Chicken Recipe 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Marinade Time: 1 Hour - 24 Hours

Cook Time:  25 - 40 Minutes

Servings:  2-4 depending on how much chicken

  • Your Choice of Chicken Cut (we prefer thighs because of how juicy they end up)
  • 6 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 2 tbsps Lemongrass Minced
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Mirin Sauce
  • 2 tbsps Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsps Loubier Gourmet Hot or Mild All Purpose
  • 2 Stalks Green Onions
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsps Crushed Chili Peppers
  • 4 tbsps Oil
  • Step 1
    Start off by mincing your garlic and lemongrass if you haven’t already.
  • Step 2
    Now to create the marinade for the chicken. Feel free to use any cut of chicken but cooking times will differ depending on the cut you use. We went with thighs because they are our favorite. Throw them in a bowl with garlic, lemongrass, fish sauce, mirin sauce, soy sauce, and Loubier Gourmet Hot or Mild All Purpose Seasoning. Mix well. Let them marinade for a minimum of 1 hour but we recommend an entire day.
  • Step 3
    After you couldn’t wait any longer, place them into an air fryer at 380 degrees F for 25-40 minutes. It really all depends on the cut and how thick it is. For example, a thin thigh might take 25 minutes to cook throughout while a thick drumstick might take 40 minutes. Remember to cook them until the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.
  • Step 4
    While your chicken is cooking, cut up your green onions. In a medium saucepan or skillet start to heat up your oil. Once it is smoking, turn the heat off and throw in your chopped green onions. Add salt and crush chili peppers, and after a minute or so you have your topping.
  • Step 5
    Once your chicken is done, place it over a bed of rice, top with your green onion and sriracha if you want that extra spicy kick, and...
  • Step 6
    Enjoy :)

Possible Variations

  • You can also bake or pan-sear your chicken if you do not own an air fryer. Just remember to cook it to temp. But if you are in the market for an air fryer, check these out:

7-Quart Electric Air Fryer with Dehydrator & 3 Stackable Racks

5.8 QT, 1700W Electric Stainless Steel Hot Air Fryers Oven for Roasting/Baking/Grilling

  • Feel free to add minced ginger to the marinade, it would really add to the flavor.
  • If your chicken has the skin on it, leave it on, and start by air frying it skin side down!
  • Lastly, if you want it to be more spicy, don't forget the chili oil or sriracha! For me it is always a must!
LemonGrass Chicken with Sriracha
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