Vietnamese Chicken (Caramel Chicken)

This recipe for Vietnamese chicken includes sugar to create a sweet and savory dish with a hit of spice from generous amounts of fresh ginger, red pepper, and black pepper.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
2 servings


  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, minced

  • ½ cup minced fresh ginger root

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 thin boneless chicken breasts

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add water and sugar and cook until sugar starts to melt and turn brown, about 5 minutes. Cook, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and pour caramel into a bowl.

  2. Rinse the skillet with hot water and return to medium heat. Add olive oil, onion, ginger, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes; transfer mixture to a bowl.

  3. Season chicken breasts with salt and black pepper and add them to the hot skillet. Cook for 10 minutes. Add caramel, soy sauce, and ginger mixture to the skillet. Reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

524 Calories
17g Fat
69g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 524
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 2584mg 112%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 56g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 11mg 56%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 539mg 11%

* 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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