Grilled Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken Recipe

Grilled Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken is delicious in salads, sandwiches, summer rolls, or as a main course. I love summer grilling, and am always looking for new ways to grill chicken. Grilled food is popular in Southeast Asia, and the fragrant flavors are a nice change from the typical American barbecue.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken - the marinade in this recipe is amazing! Delicious in salads, summer rolls, sandwiches or as a main course | https://jeanetteshealthyliving.com

I visited Vietnam many years ago as part of a corporate incentive trip, and I still remember how hot it was. Lunch was a cold buffet, nothing too memorable. It wasn’t until I met a local Vietnamese American woman that I tasted delicious pho and a cool Vietnamese noodle salad served with fresh herbs and fried Vietnamese spring rolls for the first time. I’ve been intrigued ever since. There are similarities between Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, but I find Vietnamese food more subtle in flavor.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken Marinade

The marinade for Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken is rich and flavorful. Lemongrass can be found at Asian grocers, but can also sometimes be found in the fresh herb section of supermarkets. Fish sauce is more readily available in the Asian section of supermarkets these days.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken - marinade ingredients

 

It’s important to marinate the chicken for several hours for best flavor. Marinating overnight in the refrigerator is even better. You can use either chicken on the bone, or boneless chicken.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken - marinate at least 2 hours or overnight for best flavor

To prevent sticking when grilling this chicken, drizzle oil on a piece of foil placed on a baking sheet and lay the chicken on top. Drizzle a little more oil on top of the chicken, and slide the whole piece of foil onto the grill. This is my favorite trick when grilling chicken and fish for non-stick cooking and easy cleanup.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken - the marinade in this recipe is amazing! Delicious in salads, summer rolls, sandwiches or as a main course | https://jeanetteshealthyliving.com

This Vietnamese grilled chicken would be delicious served with a cool salad of cooked Asian rice noodles, salad greens, and fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, Thai basil), tossed with Vietnamese dipping sauce, and chopped roasted peanuts.

Grilled Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken - the marinade in this recipe is amazing! Delicious in salads, summer rolls, sandwiches or as a main course

Vietnamese Lemongrass Cilantro Chicken

This is delicious served with fresh salad greens, mint, cilantro and Asian rice noodles, along with Vietnamese dipping sauce, and chopped peanuts

Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast

Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. Mix marinade ingredients together in a…

read more…