Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken


This lemongrass chicken is marinated, then grilled until juicy and tender. Garnish with rice paper, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, and ground peanuts.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped lemongrass

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken thighs, or more to taste, pounded to an even thickness


  1. Mix together canola oil, lemongrass, lemon juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and fish sauce in a glass bowl until sugar is dissolved; add chicken and turn to coat in marinade.

  2. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Remove chicken thighs from marinade; shake to remove excess. Discard remaining marinade.

  5. Cook chicken on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, 3 to 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

    close up view of Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken with green onions on top, on a platter

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

308 Calories
19g Fat
4g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 308
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 339mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 303mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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