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Thai Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

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Thai grilled lemongrass chicken

You need to try this Thai grilled lemongrass chicken soon! I love it.

This is one of my favourite simple ways to grill chicken. Thai grill lemongrass chicken just plain gets it.

You can used the lemongrass chicken in a number of ways. From using it in wraps to adding it to a Thai salad, you really can’t go wrong with this on.

Here I have served the lemongrass chicken with jasmine rice. There is so much flavour in the marinated chicken you really don’t need any thing else though a few spoonfuls of my nam jim jaew sauce is a delicious addition.

Cooking and presentation tips.

Although I used wooden skewers this time as I didn’t have a lot of lemongrass, you could also use lemongrass as skewers. This adds a lot to the presentation. Unfortunately, lemongrass is a bit difficult at the moment for me to fine.

Luckily I had enough for this lemongrass chicken marinade though.

For best results, leave the chicken to marinate overnight. You could get away with just marinating for a half hour or so while you fire up your barbecue but a longer time marinating the meat has it’s benefits.

Working ahead…

As I mentioned above, a longer marinating time is great. You can make the marinade and start marinating up to three days ahead of cooking.

You can even skewer the meat a good day before grilling. This is a great party dish as all you need to do is grill once the preparation is done.

Make this recipe your own.

The lemongrass chicken below offers a popular mix of ingredients. You might want to taste the marinade before adding the chicken to ensure it is the right combo of sweet, sour, salty and spicy for your liking.

Go ahead and adjust if you like. Thai cooking is all about getting the perfect mix of flavours for you.

fresh ingredients needed for recipe

The fresh ingredients needed for the recipe.

Blending marinade

Blend the wet and dry ingredients together to make the marinade.

Marinating chicken

Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Just before grilling the chicken

This lemongrass chicken is awesome as part of a Thai barbecue feast.

Grilling the lemongrass chicken

So good. Just pick up the skewers and dig in!

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Yield: 6

Thai Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Thai grilled lemongrass chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 stalks lemongrass, white part only, finely chopped
  • 3 shallots - finely chopped
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves – stems removed and finely chopped
  • 2 long red chilli - finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 1 tbsp galangal – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar or honey
  • 1 ½ tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 900g (2 lbs.) chicken thighs – skinned and thinly sliced


  1. Place all of the marinade ingredients in a food processor or
    blender and blend to a paste. Cover the chicken with the marinade to marinate while you fire up your bbq. You could marinate the chicken overnight which will be even better.
  2. Set up you BBQ for direct heat grilling. When the coals are
    white hot and your hand is uncomfortably hot after holding it about the grill for 2 seconds, you’re ready to cook.
  3. Skewer the chicken on to wooded skewers or lemongrass stalks and grill for about five minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through.

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jason perrine

Monday 5th of December 2022

sounds good

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