Spring is here! It’s time to get outdoors, and outdoors + food = time to fire up the grill! This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for Ga Nuong – Grilled Lemongrass Chicken. This is best cooked on the grill, to get a nice char on the chicken. Even if you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can still try Ga Nuong by baking your chicken, followed by a quick few minutes under the broiler.
This recipe calls for lots of lemongrass. If you don’t want to deal with big, messy stalks of fresh lemongrass, try frozen, minced lemongrass, which still yields a fresh fragrance when thawed. Minced lemongrass is readily available in most Chinese/Vietnamese markets in the freezer section, and this shortcut is Mom-approved!
Ga Nuong – Grilled Lemongrass Chicken
INGREDIENTS – makes 4 servings
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1.5 Tbsp. nuoc mam (fish sauce)
- 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
- 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
- 3 Tbsp. minced lemongrass
STEP 1: MARINATE THE CHICKEN
- Unroll each chicken thigh, and cut slits into each piece, making sure not to slice all the way through. This will allow more marinade to soak into the chicken.
- Place the chicken into a large mixing bowl, and add the pepper, onion powder, sugar, nuoc mam, and oyster sauce.
- Heat the EVOO in a small skillet on low to medium heat. Add to the EVOO the chopped garlic and minced lemongrass. Stir to brown the garlic and lemongrass, about 3 minutes. This will intensify the wonderful fragrance of these ingredients. Once browned, pour this mixture over the chicken.
- Stir all ingredients to marinate the chicken, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. For easy party prep, marinate your chicken for Ga Nuong the night before in the refrigerator.
STEP 2: GRILL THE CHICKEN
- Fire up the grill to 400 degrees.
- Grill Ga Nuong on a greased grill until cooked through, about 6 minutes on each side, depending on the intensity of your grill.
- Serve Ga Nuong with rice and your choice of vegetables. Enjoy!
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