Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vietnamese Grilled Five Spice Chicken With Sticky Rice

We tried a similar dish at our favourite Vietnamese joint on Victoria Street a while back. The pairing of grilled chicken and sticky rice reminded me of a popular Issarn dish. When I found a recipe for the five spice chicken in my favourite  Vietnamese cookbook I decided to recreate the dish at home. I am pretty happy with the end result; it is not as sweet as the restaurant version and the soy and lime dipping sauce is a rather good break away from the universal Vietnamese sauce nouc cham for once!

recipe for the chicken and sauce adapted from Pleasures Of The Vietnamese Kitchen
serve 3 as a very filling one dish meal
oven preheated at 180 C
you'll need;
3 free range chicken maryland
2 tbs of minced garlic
3 tbs of minced ginger
2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp of five spice powder
2 tbs of sugar
2 tbs of soy sauce
3 tbs of vegetable oil
salt to taste
3 star anise, toasted and ground
*for the marinade - pound garlic, ginger and sugar to a fine paste before adding the rest of the ingredients (except the star anise powder).

you'll also need;
500 g of sticky rice, soaked overnight and steamed til tender
cucumber slices to serve
tomato slices to serve
crispy shallots to serve

for the lime and soy dipping sauce;
1/3 cup of light soy
2.5 tbs of sugar
1 clove of garlic
3 bird chili
1/4 cup of water
2.5 tbs of lime juice with pulp

Remove excess fat from the chicken and make a few slits and marinate overnight. Add star anise powder just before cooking.

Place marinated chicken on a rack over an oven tray with 2 cm of water in it. Alternatively, grill them on your bbq.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and cook through, baste with the remaining marinade from time to time. Rest chicken for 5 to 8 minutes before serving.

Place soaked sticky rice in a bamboo steamer and steam til tender.

Prepare the dipping sauce - pound chili, garlic and sugar to a fine paste. Add water, soy and juice of one lime and mix well. Check for seasonings.

Serve chicken with some sticky rice, dipping sauce, cucumber and tomato slices.

The chicken will be delicious over a bed of egg noodles with spring onion oil.

This has been submitted to Delicious Vietnam,  an event co-hosted by Anh of A Food Lover's Journey and Hong and Kim of Ravenous Couple.  Javaholic is hosting the current event.


  1. That is a fabulous one-dish meal! The chicken must taste so good with the marinade!

  2. I have never seen this on the menu....which Viet joint do you go to?
    Looks delicious as usual!

  3. this looks great and love the use of sticky rice with this dish.

  4. You have done a good job Suresh. The 5 spice chicken reminds me of my childhood in Vietnam!

  5. sungguh menyelerakan! tiba2 perot saya terasa lapar.. opss sudah tukar ke vietnam yer? nanti saya nak cuba.

  6. This looks great, your kitchen must smell so good with the chicken being grilled in the oven.

  7. wow! u have bamboo steamer!

    guess what? I'm making your sambal tumis today! May i know how long can i keep it? Must keep it in the fridge right for all future use?

    Many thanks!

  8. This looks fantastic! It's such a shame that our seasons are out of sync, as this would be great at a BBQ but it's getting cold and miserable here.

  9. hi tummy..hehe..ini yg malas nak terjah dapur tummy ni,tenguk ayam dgn pulut kukus je dah terasa lapar pula,padahal I've just taken my lunch..
    tummy kami orang kelantan makan pulut kukus dgn ikan rebus goreng n kepala muda yg diparut..versi ni nak cuba mesti sedap.

  10. Mouthwatering grilled chicken and rice..

  11. Awsome dish and I must try something new like this when I am in Little Saigon next!

  12. อร่อยมากมาก

  13. Gorgeous. Definitely Comfort Food! Definitely one I want to try! Thankyou!

  14. What a delicious meal! Wish I can have that :D

  15. Hello my dear...finally I am able to start reading your blog again and I can see I have a lot of catching up to do. I am glad the moving is finally over! This looks delicious and I might just try the chicken with normal rice
    Sophia xxx

  16. Fantastico el plato, me encanta los ingredientes que has usado.


  17. sticky rice is my favourite, i want some please...look so delicious.

  18. Thanks for the recipe. This is another must try for me!

  19. That grilled chicken is calling me!!! Gosh, I'm a chickenlover and this is seriously tempting! Looks like I have to start grilling chicken again...hehehe! :D

  20. Looks so flavourful! Love the sound of that tangy dipping sauce and sticky rice!

  21. does look full of flavor and I will be making this very soon. I love new ways to make chicken.

  22. I really love the combination. The chicken looks absolutely delicious!

  23. This sounds so good!! Have a great day!

  24. Mmm...another delicious one dish meal!

  25. wow love this I will give it a try for sure, Rebecca

  26. I love spicy food! As usual you've cooked up a winner, my friend!
    I can't wait to try this out!

    Bear hugs,

    B xx

  27. I must try something new too lol This looks like my kind of food!

  28. Oh you are torturing me with these pics, I'm in an internet cafe and I haven't had breakfast yet, and I WANT chicken and sticky rice now...waaaaaah. :) Great work!

  29. Lately I have been absolutely fed up with chicken, it is too plane, tasteless and sometimes dry so why eat it? I am glad I found your blog and this chicken recipe will be something to try for sure, I feel very excited!

    Thank you,


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