Chicken in Lemon Grass and Chilli

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Total Time:
1 - 1.5 hours
Serves: 6
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Braise Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 3 - lb chicken
  • 1 - large onion
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp - ground chillies
  • 1 tbsp - granulated sugar
  • 1 cup - water
  • 4 - garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp - vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp - minced lemon grass
  • 4 tbsp - nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce)
  • 1 tbsp - caramel sauce

How to Make Chicken in Lemon Grass and Chilli

  • Rinse chicken and dry well. Cut into small pieces.
  • Peel garlic and slice finely.
  • Cut onion into halves lengthwise and then cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips.
  • Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add a pinch of salt, garlic and onion.
  • Fry over medium heat until onion becomes translucent.
  • Add lemon grass and chilli. Fry 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add chicken and cook until lightly brown.
  • Add fish sauce, sugar and caramel sauce. Mix well.
  • Add 1 cup water and cook for 45 minutes or until chicken is tender.
  • Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary.
  • Serve hot with caramel sauce
  • To prepare caramel sauce:
  • Mix 1/2 tsp sugar with 4 tbsp water in heavy saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat and let it boil until mixture changes colour.
  • Turn heat down to low and cook until brown.
  • Add 1/2 cup water to mixture. Stir until sugar is dissolved
  • Remove from heat and store in a jar in the refrigerator.