ga sao xa ot, vietnamese lemongrass and chile chicken
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Vietnamese Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Sả Ớt)

Spicy lemongrass chicken is an aromatic and easy, one-pot recipe that is perfect for a shared family meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: lemongrass chicken, spicy chicken, Vietnamese lemongrass chicken
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 556kcal
Author: Hungry Huy


Chicken & marinade

  • 1 lb chicken cut into bit-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • tsp MSG or chicken bouillon optional


  • 4 tbsp neutral cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp shallots minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 4-5 tbsp lemongrass minced

Chile Sauce

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sambal
  • ½ c coconut juice or lemon-lime soda, or water


  • ½ medium onion cut into slivers optional
  • 1 stalk green onion cut into 2 inch pieces optional


  • Marinate chicken for 15 minutes.
  • Mince the garlic and shallots.
  • Clean the lemongrass, remove the outer layers of rough leaves and find the yellow leaves inside. Slice the lemongrass roots into ⅛” slices first. Then add to a food processor to finely mince.
  • Pat dry your chicken, cut into bite size pieces.
  • In a pan over medium-high heat, add four tbsp of oil and add the shallots and saute until light brown. Add the garlic and saute until light brown. Add lemongrass and stir until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken and brown it a little. Lower to medium heat, add the chile sauce. Stir to mix, taste and adjust as necessary, then cover with a lid. After about five minutes, stir a bit, retaste and reseason if necessary, add more cooking time if needed.
  • Make sure to add the garnish about one to two minutes before the chicken finishes cooking to soften a bit. The dish is done once the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165 °F, or until the center of the chicken is no longer pink.
  • Serve with a side of rice.


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 2892mg | Potassium: 570mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 212IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg