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Gà Xào Sả Ớt in a bowl with noodles and salad
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5 from 4 votes

Gà Xào Sả Ớt (Spicy Lemongrass Chicken)

Gà Xào Sả Ớt is an easy Spicy Lemongrass Chicken that's perfect for a midweek dinner. It's an incredible emergency meal with exceptional flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Servings: 6
Calories: 770kcal
Author: Jeannette

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 kg / 2.2 lb chicken wings (or any cut/protein of your choice)
  • 1 tsp tumeric power
  • 6 stalks lemongrass (or as many as you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp salt (or to taste)
  • 3/4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 red shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 US cup oil
  • 3 chilis (optional)

Instructions

  • Cut the lemongrass into 1cm (0.4") segments and use a food processor to blitz everything until fine. Alternatively, use a knife to finely chop them.
  • Set aside 1/2 US cup of lemongrass then marinate the wings in tumeric powder, salt, sugar, chicken bouillon powder, fish sauce, garlic, red shallot and the remaining lemongrass for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  • Add oil to a heated wok on medium heat and brown the lemongrass and chili for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Turn the heat up to high and pour the marinated wings in to fry for 15 minutes or until cooked. Lower the heat to low-medium and let it simmer with the lid partially on for another 15 minutes or until tender.
    Tip: Stir the contents every 5 minutes so all the sides are evenly cooked.
  • Serve immediately as is with a bowl of hot rice or noodles!

Notes

  • Marinate the chicken overnight. This is a tried-and-true technique for the seasoning to seep right through to the center of the meat.
  • Use fresh aromatics. Frozen lemongrass is fairly easy to come by if you shop at Asian groceries, but nothing beats freshly chopped aromatics!
  • Opt for fattier cuts. Cooking with fattier pieces means the heat will render the fat into juices, which keeps your chicken moist and flavorful.
  • We used wings for this recipe, but you can substitute it for any other cut or any other protein including beef, pork or tofu.

Nutrition

Calories: 770kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 257mg | Sodium: 1842mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 5mg