Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lemongrass And Chili Chicken, Ga Xao Xa Ot

Another Vietnamese restaurant favourite that I have never attempted at home before. Thanks to the recently aired Luke Nguyen's Vietnam on SBS television, I realised we can actually make it better and tastier than what we have been getting at our local Vietnamese place. Once I had decided on "Shaking Beef", which I posted yesterday, another simple to prepare vietnamese dish with some delicious sauce for the rice is needed, lemongrass chicken became the very obvious choice for me.
I lightly browned the chicken pieces first as our not very powerful gas burner would not have given me the caramelised flavour so desired in the dish, so if you have a turbo burner skip this part :) Do use boned or skinned chicken, but I personally prefer meat on the bones.
P.S the recipe is adapted from the above mentioned TV show.

Serves 4 as part of a Vietnamese meal;
you'll need;
2 chicken marylands, cut into manageble pieces, marinated and seared
1/2 onion, cut into chunks
3 spring onions, cut into 2" length
3 tbs of chopped lemongrass (I used my standby frozen type)
1/2 cup coconut water or chicken stock
extra chilies for garnish

for the marinate;
4 bird chilies, pounded
1 tbs chopped garlic
1 tbs chooped lemongrass
1 tbs of light soy
1/2 tbs of fish sauce
1/2 tsp of corn flour
salt and pepper

Some of the ingredients for the dish.

Brown the chicken in batches, keeping the marinate.

In a hot wok, saute garlic, shallots and lemongrass til fragrant, return chicken pieces and marinate and fry for 5 minutes. Pour in the coconut water or stock, bring it to a boil, add spring onions, onions and cook for another minute.

Serve warm with plenty of steamed rice of course.


  1. Tes plats sont un plaisir pour les yeux.
    A bientôt.

  2. You won't believe this, I log on everyday just to see what delicious food is coming out from your kitchen. This will go so wonderfully with the shaking beef!

  3. Cool! Time for some authentic Thai dish!

  4. yummy platter and very flavorful marinade...

  5. I like so much your recipe, for the moment it's a little bit difficult to make them, but in some days, I ll made some of them, the colours, the taste, hum ...

  6. Saveurs et Gourmandises,
    Merci beaucoup!
    Je suis très heureux d'entendre cela. :...

    I'm so touched by that! Thank you :)

    Yeah posting Thai tomorrow :)

    Thank you, hope you'll give it a try.

    Thank you! I bet you have been very busy with the Christmas preparations :)

  7. Sounds yummy - I wonder if it works with quorn

  8. You have done it again, we prefer using chicken on the bones too. You are not Vietnamese are you?

  9. Oh I hope you are ok, is anyone cooking for you on Christmas day? If not we can bring you some food.
    This is a better version than the show, he used skinless chicken breast but pretended it was a piece of thigh meat haha.
    Let us know if you need anything ok?

  10. WOW! Another delicious dish, when are you going to open a restaurant? I want to be your first customer :D

  11. Kate,
    Thank you! It works wonderfully with tofu so it should work well with quorn :)

    Thanks! They are tastiest :) No I'm not Vietnamese.

    love to eat,
    My left hand is working well so I'm able to cook simple food for myself. Thanks for your offer again, I really appreciate that.
    I'm pretty sure it was a chicken breast he used, I thought only me and my friends noticed :)

    Thank you! I don't think I can stand the heat haha!

  12. How many bowls of rice did you eat with this dish?

  13. Love that recipe! with that delicious marinade!
    Hope you're having a wonderful time!
    hugs hugs

  14. tes plats sont superbes bravo
    bonne soirée

  15. What a beautiful platter..Am drooling now..can't wait to try this out :-)

  16. 我丈夫的最喜歡的菜,謝謝!

  17. Kenny,
    Only 2 bowls.

    Thank you! Hope you are ready for your holiday! hugs back

    Aux délices des gourmets,
    Merci, j'essaie de faire paraître un joli haha!

    Gulmohar ,
    Thank you, please do :)

    大肥 ,

  18. Funtastic!! really awesome. I am starting to be a fan of vieynamese food and this one is right up there :) Bookmarked it. I make something similar..but this one is way better. I just can tell :)

  19. another great looking classic Vietnamese dish! you're on a roll here!

  20. I think you have some of the most inspiring recipes I read.

  21. I'm drooling all over your pictures! Looks sooooo delicious! Yummy flavours.

  22. Jhonny walker,
    Thank you! Didn't you have Vietnamese food in the plane? haha

    Ravenous Couple,
    Oh thank you, I'll try a few more after the crazy season :)

    Fresh Local and Best,
    Oh thank you! That is the best Christmas gift for me :)

    Thank you! A simple dish like this is too easy for you to tackle :)

  23. Such a delicious dish..am just drooling over the last click..awesome!

  24. Harriet from CarltonDecember 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    My Vietnamese restaurant favourite too! Now I have to get back to my baking, come to collect some cookies tomorrow :)

  25. Sounds awesome, I love the lemongrass flavor!

  26. oh I adore Vietnamese, wish we got good tender lemongrass here, its always so dry, I have some frozen to try with
    lol Rebecca

  27. Salivating big time. I love lemon grass and chicken to the fray? Fantastic

  28. kothiyavunu,
    Thank you!!!

    Thanks for the offer!! :)

    5 Star Foodie,
    Thank you, yeah it is an amazing herb.

    Please do and let me know. :)

    Kitchen Butterfly ,
    Thank you! Are you going to try it? :)

  29. helloo....I'm back ! Wow this dish is so delicious with the use of lemongrass..... have been eating Bali style food for the past 2 weeks....really missing home-cooked food and chinese dishes...lol
    Have a wonderful christmas , my dear !

  30. I need more rice to go with this dish because I really like chilli, spring onions and lemongrass :D

  31. Pearlyn!
    you are finally back! you have been missed, can't wait to have a look at your holiday photos!

    Haha I always cook too much rice :)

  32. Nice! I tried it once without marinating the meat haha!
    Looks great!

  33. This looks really delicious. I need to eat more rice with this. Thanks for sharing.

  34. this is exactly my kind of recipe :P yumyumyumyumyumyumyumyum

  35. Your dish sounds delicious! I love lemongrass :)

  36. Very very good recipe, thanks a lot!

  37. Fitzboy,
    Thanks! I'm sure it still taste good :)

    Thanks, always have enough rice with dishes like this :)

    Thanks! Better be making this soon.

    Thank you! It is a wonderful herb indeed!

    Thank you and you are welcome :)

  38. How much shallots is needed? (Can't find in ingredient list) Thanks!

  39. Hi, your version looks better than Luke's and I will be trying it tomorrow. But a quick question: In the step "in a hot wok saute garlic.." but the only time you mentioned garlic in the ingredients list is in the marinade. So how much garlic for the saute and is it also chopped?

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