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How to Make Easy and Spicy Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken (Ga Xao Xa Ot)

Updated on February 22, 2012

I love cooking with exotic spices from the East. Spices and herbs add more interesting fragrance and flavor to many kinds of dishes. I think a dish without spices is kind of boring and bland. Personally I am really fond of lemongrass, an important ingredient to Southeast Asian cuisine. I use it often in curry and soup, and also sometimes in stir-fry dishes such as Ga Xao Xa Ot ( Vietnamese chicken stir-fry dish with lemongrass and hot chili).

Vietnamese lemongrass chicken is the best way to enjoy true Asian cuisine. It's easy and quick to fix - perfect for people who love home cooked meals, but lack of time. The cooking steps and ingredients are pretty simple and clear. Lemongrass is pretty easy to find. Your local grocery or Asian specialty store will usually carry it.

Tender, juicy chicken morsels coated with sweet honey, chili pepper and scented with lemongrass is heaven. What are you waiting for ? Spice your day up with Ga Xao Xa Ot.


What You Need

Serves 4


1 lbs boneless chicken breasts (diced, 1-inch pieces)

1/3 cup chicken stock

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp fish sauce

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 tsp cornstarch

1/2 onion, thinly sliced

2 stalk lemongrass, white part only , chopped

2-3 Thai chili pepper, chopped

2-3 spring onions, chopped

How To Fix

  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, salt, pepper, cornstarch and honey. Stir to mix and set aside for about 30 minutes.
  • In a wok, heat the oil until hot. Add garlic and onion. Stir-fry until onion mixture is soft and fragrant. Then add chili pepper and lemongrass. Stir-fry for about one minute. Stir in marinated chicken and continue to cook until chicken pieces are lightly brown.
  • Pour in fish sauce and water. Lower the heat to simmer and continue to cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is thicken. Sprinkle on spring onions and stir to mix. Remove from the heat. Transfer to serving dish.

How to Prepare Lemongrass


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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      This chicken photo is simply mouth watering. Yes i do agree with carol that some of the ingredients like lemon grass etc is not available here. Anyway you have shared an amazing recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Something different here in the way of chicken. Like the spices. Is lemongrass hard to find our do you need to go to a special Vietnamese store?