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Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

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A couple months ago Tuttle Publishing sent me a copy of a cookbook, Easy Thai Cooking by Robert Danhi.  As I consider Thai food is one of my favorite cuisines, I was very happy with this surprise gift and looked forward to trying all of my favorite recipes as well as other delicious new dishes from this cookbook that I have never tried before.

Easy Thai Cooking by Robert Danhi

I put post-its everywhere in this book to mark my favorite ones, but the first recipe I wanted to try was one that everyone in my family loves – Grilled Lemongrass Chicken.  My husband loves spicy food but both my children and I can’t eat really spicy food so we always go for mild flavor when we order Thai food.  Now being able to cook Thai food at home and being able to control the amount of spice, I look forward to trying many recipes from this book at home.  Maybe even making a few spicy ones just for my husband to surprise him.

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken | JustOneCookbook.com

This was my very first time making Grilled Lemongrass Chicken at home, actually my first time making anything with fresh lemongrass but I was extremely happy with the result.  It’s quite easy process too.  I couldn’t find finger-size chilies for the homemade Thai Sweet Chili Sauce so I substitute with dried chilies.  But all the ingredients should be easily found in your nearby Asian store.  I never had palm sugar before but the flavor and fragrance from this sugar is really amazing that I wouldn’t substitute with light brown sugar as the author suggested (unless you really can’t find the palm sugar).  If you are worried about buying lemongrass and don’t know other lemongrass recipes, don’t worry.  There are other delicious lemongrass recipes in the book like Silky Butternut Squash Coconut Soup, Green Curry Pork with Eggplant, Cinnamon-scented Beef Noodle Soup, and more.

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken III

Everyone in my family really enjoyed this chicken that I’ll be cooking this often without a doubt.  This time I had prepared other main dishes so I only cooked 4 chicken thighs.  At the end we wished that we cooked more because the chicken was fabulous and we wished that we had leftover for next day lunch!  If you like Southeast Asian dishes, especially Thai food, this is a must try.

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Grilled Lemongrass Chicken
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 2 tsp. minced cilantro (coriander) stems
  • 2-4 Thai chilies
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground white peppercorns (I used ½ tsp. white pepper)
  • 3 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Thai palm sugar/light brown sugar
  • 6-8 chicken thighs
  • 2 small cucumbers
Thai sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. minced red finger-length chilies
  • ½ Thai chili, minced
  • ½ Tbsp. minced garlic
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt or kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (5.3 oz/150g) sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 6 Tbsp. (90ml) distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup (60ml) water
  1. Remove the outer skin of lemongrass till you see the tender inner part. We only need bottom third and slice it thinly. Mince cilantro stems.
  2. Rinse and score the chicken pieces, at the thickest part, lightly with a knife.
  3. Chop Thai chilies and Thai palm sugar into small pieces.
  4. Make a coarse paste with the lemongrass, cilantro stems, chilies, and peppercorns using a mortar and pestle (or a mini-food processor).
  5. Mix in the fish sauce and palm sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  6. Coat the chicken with this spice paste. I put the spice paste and chicken in a Ziploc bag. Marinate in the fridge for at least one hour. Marinating chicken overnight always improves the flavor and tenderization.
  7. Preheat the grill to medium-low heat. Slowly grill the chicken, turning often until cooked through and golden brown all over. Alternatively you can rotisserie, bake, or broil this chicken until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165F (75C). We have a gas grill, but we also like cooking on a grill over charcoal so the flavor is good.
  8. For Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  9. Boil over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the mixture has reduced to 1 cup (250ml). It might be still runny and not syrupy, but it will thicken further as it cools.
  10. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator for up to a few months.
  11. Serve with wedges of cucumber to snack on and a bowl of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce for dipping.
Be careful when handling fresh peppers in case you are allergic. Peppers can cause painful burn to your skin (It happens to me. More info:

Please Note: The Grilled Lemongrass Chicken recipe is reprinted with permission by Tuttle Publishing.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book but was not asked to review this book by the publisher or author. I chose to review this book because I really enjoy this cookbook.  All the opinions expressed are my own.


If you still have time, please check out my interview at Spicie Foodies today.  It’s one of my favorite food blog that I get constant inspiration from.  The blog author Nancy is a remarkable food stylist and photographer.  My husband showed me her website for beautiful photography before we even started our own blog.  Life is totally unexpected as I didn’t imagine that I would be being featured on her blog.  Hope you enjoy my interview session with her.  Enjoy your visit!

Interview with Spicie Foodie


Finally, the lucky winners of my recent giveaways, a copy of Lemongrass & Ginger Cookbook: Vibrant Asian Recipes by Leemei Tan, are:


Congratulations Candice and Sandra!  Thank you everyone for participating the giveaways.  I’ll be contacting the winners soon.

Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, BBQ, Chicken, Easy Dinner Ideas, Quick & Easy, Reviews, Summer

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  • Ellena | Cuisines Paradise May 21, 2012, 1:53 am

    Hi Nami, love the way you present this Grilled Lemongrass Chicken. I loved this book too! And the recipes are so easy to follow.

  • Charles May 21, 2012, 2:39 am

    Congratulations to the giveaway winners! Love the look and sound of the lemongrass chicken Nami – I’ve actually really gone off chicken recently but I can still appreciate how delicious it looks! Something to save for when my chicken-appetite returns! :D

  • Belinda @zomppa May 21, 2012, 3:11 am

    Hmm…one of the best dishes – can almost taste it through the screen!

  • Zee May 21, 2012, 3:34 am

    Congratulations to the give away winners! This chicken looks so mouth watering! i love the charcoal grilled flavor :)

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook May 21, 2012, 3:50 am

    The moment I saw that title in my Inbox I started to drool uncontrolably and then I saw your gorgous photos of the finished dish and I just wanted to eat my screen. Lovely flavours! Congrats to the winners too!

  • Jenny May 21, 2012, 3:50 am

    That looks excellent, Nami! I don’t know who’s to choose – yours or Jeno’s – I’ll just have to try them both, I think!!

  • Choc Chip Uru May 21, 2012, 3:58 am

    Congrats to the winners :D
    This chicken looks stunning my friend – never even thought of using lemongrass flavouring with it :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef May 21, 2012, 3:59 am

    I was just saying today that I needed to find more recipes using lemon grass because I have a huge pot of it just outside the kitchen door. I love this recipe!

    Terrific interview on Spicie Foodie! You’re the best, Nami!

  • Rosa May 21, 2012, 4:00 am

    Scrumptious recipe! Lemongrass is such a fabulous and fragrant herb.



  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book May 21, 2012, 4:31 am

    I love lemongrass Nami so this recipe really appeals to me plus my hubby would grill 7 days a week if he could.
    :-) Mandy

  • Sandra May 21, 2012, 4:58 am

    This looks very good Nami and I look forward to more of your creations from this book. Will forward this to my daughter she has taken an interest in Thai cooking.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 21, 2012, 5:02 am

    I actually haven’t used lemongrass before but I’m so excited to give it a try now! This dish looks so incredibly flavorful, and just in time for grilling season!

  • FiSh May 21, 2012, 5:25 am

    your dish reminds me of some very aromatic thai chicken :) but yours looks better and more aromatic than i can ever imagine!

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  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 21, 2012, 6:20 am

    My husband and I love Thai food, this cookbook looks like something I need to add to my list. This chicken sounds wonderful. Now I just need to find a place to find lemongrass :)

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen May 21, 2012, 6:41 am

    Oh I love to use lemongrass as an ingredient! We have a Filipino grilled chicken dish that’s similar to this, but with some additional ingredients. Your delish recipe makes me want to go grill something right now! Thanks for sharing, Nami!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking May 21, 2012, 6:41 am

    Nami, Thank you so much! I am looking forward to try many Leemei’s recipes.
    Your Lemongreass chicken look absolutely amazing. I can imagine the taste, and aroma!
    Thank you again, and have a great week!!!

  • Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) May 21, 2012, 6:46 am

    I absolutely love Thai food. This cookbook looks amazing and your selection for your blog post is making my mouth water. Lemongrass is on my list of favorite ingredients. I could smell that lovely scent all day long. Pinning this recipe to make soon! Have a wonderful week.

  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers May 21, 2012, 7:03 am

    This will make a lot of encores on my kitchen table. My kids would love this. Thanks for sharing Nami!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 21, 2012, 7:22 am

    Nami, I’m so glad you shared this recipe with us. I love Thai food, and lemongrass chicken is one of my favorite dishes. Now I can make it at home! :)

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover May 21, 2012, 7:40 am

    I love everything with Lemongrass. I know this is good, you grill it over charcoal , even more fragrant .

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 21, 2012, 7:55 am

    Oh wow. This looks absolutely wonderful!!! I’d love to have it spicy, though. ;)

  • Parsley Sage May 21, 2012, 7:56 am

    I’ve only started using lemongrass this week! I’ve put them in my smoothies. They sound fantastic with chicken! The book looks fantastic, great pictures :)

  • balvinder ( Neetu) May 21, 2012, 7:57 am

    I haven’t used lemon grass yet, but I love its flavors when ever I have eaten out in some dishes. This grilled chicken recipe of yours is just tempting me to try.

  • love2dine May 21, 2012, 7:57 am

    Oh, that textured has me filled with wonderful possibilities!

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) May 21, 2012, 8:05 am

    I love the all the flavors going on in this grilled chicken. I can’t resist charred chicken skin to begin with but this looks like a winner, Nami! This is just perfect for summer!

  • Reem | Simply Reem May 21, 2012, 8:19 am

    Beautiful Dish..
    I have this cookbook, I just love all the recipes in it…
    Need to start making some.
    B/W congratulation to the winners…
    Again my finger are cross for next time ;-)

  • Reem | Simply Reem May 21, 2012, 8:20 am

    Hey I totally forgot to say..
    LOVE LOVE the Turquoise Plate…. Beautiful!!

  • cookingrookie May 21, 2012, 8:35 am

    This is a great recipe. I love lemongrass, it adds such a wonderful aroma to everything. I have to try this :-).
    About the interview with Nancy, I think it’s very exciting! She is one of my favorite food photographers too – she has such a wonderful style! I can just stare at her photos like in a museum :-) It’s an honor to be featured on her site. Congrats!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce May 21, 2012, 9:00 am

    I found Thai food so delicious, it has special flavors and yes, a little bit spicy, but is why it is special.
    This chicken looks terrific, we don’t have lemongrass here (can you believe it?), but we have something very close to it that we call “hierba luisa” and we use it a lot as a tea. There is always a discussion if it’s the same or not, I think it’s not, but they are very close, maybe they are familiar.

  • Ira Rodrigues May 21, 2012, 9:09 am

    Lemongrass is one of my favorite South East Asian herbs and your recipe is totally hooked me, I will definitely checking out the book here in Bali. I had my jump to your interview btw, you’re really such a great inspiration!

  • kitchenriffs May 21, 2012, 9:28 am

    I love lemon grass! When we lived in Florida we grew it all the time. Now that we’re in St. Louis, no. Maybe I should try it, though. Anyway, I love chicken + I love Thai. Think I’d like this? I’ll bet I would! Good recipe – thanks.

  • torviewtoronto May 21, 2012, 9:28 am

    congrats to the winner this looks wonderful delicious presentation Nami

  • Candice May 21, 2012, 10:09 am

    Hi Nami, Great interview with Nancy! =)

    Thanks for sharing this lemongrass chicken recipe. I’ve had lemongrass eating out at restaurants, but never made it at home. This dish is a must try for me. I was thinking of baking the chicken. Any suggestions on what I should preheat the oven to and how long to cook the chicken?

    Also, I’m so excited to be picked as one of the lucky winner’s for the Lemongrass & Ginger cookbook giveaway. I can’t wait to try Leemei’s recipes.

  • Jessica @ Cajunlicious May 21, 2012, 11:51 am

    Yum, just picked up some lemongrass!

  • Cassie May 21, 2012, 11:58 am

    I am so glad to hear that you had success with lemongrass, and that your family loved it. I have never cooked with it at home but have wanted to. This looks like a great way to give it a try!

  • donna mikasa May 21, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Oooh, this looks like a dish that will be a family favorite! We love chicken and the seasoning looks delish! Thank you for sharing–off to Amazon to look for the book!

  • PolaM May 21, 2012, 12:14 pm

    This marinade looks so delicious! And the charring on the chicken! Awesome!!!

  • Hyosun Ro May 21, 2012, 12:29 pm

    I love Thai food but haven’t cooked at home. This chicken looks lovely. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 21, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Nami, this chicken looks absolutely wonderful! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I’d love to try it for myself!

  • Sissi May 21, 2012, 12:40 pm

    First Jeno’s lemongrass chicken and now yours… I feel I will not resisting making something with this wonderful ingredient. This grilled Thai chicken looks luscious and very Thai. I love Thai and as you probably know I am crazy for hot food, so Thai is also one of my favourite ethnic cuisines. Thanks for sharing your impressions on this apparently excellent book.
    Congratulations for the interview!

  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) May 21, 2012, 12:54 pm

    that chicken looks so delicious! and i think i actually have almost all the ingredients somehow – i will definitely need to make it this week!

  • Suzanne May 21, 2012, 1:19 pm

    What a lovely plate of chicken, with great flavors. I like Thai food too like your husband on the spicy side. Beautiful photos!

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious May 21, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Oh that chicken looks good!! I need to get these ingredients to make it soon. Im so behind on my blog reading… I never have time anymore with work and etc!!

  • Gourmantine May 21, 2012, 2:01 pm

    Thanks for introducing the book Nami, I don’t usually cook a lot of thai at home (though love eating). Will have to try this recipe once the weather is decent enough to take the grill out! :)

  • Shirley May 21, 2012, 2:11 pm

    We threw out our crappy gas grill before we moved, but are planning to get a new one this week. I am so making this! Hope I remember where I found palm sugar last time… I remember it took 3 stores before I found some. Lemongrass is readily available. :)

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie May 21, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Hi Nami,

    That book is going on my wish list immediately! I also put post-its all over my new cookbooks:) The chicken looks so delicious, and perfect for the holiday weekend.

    Thank you for letting me interview you and for the sweet words:) It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you better. Looking forward to a great future of Just One Cookbook. Big hugs:)

  • A_Boleyn May 21, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Another great recipe to try out on my bbq this summer once the school year finishes. I can hardly wait. :)

  • Janet@FCTC May 21, 2012, 5:27 pm

    This sounds great! Lemongrass is a fairly new addition to my pantry staples (I can’t find the fresh so use the jarred lemongrass) and I love it with chicken so this goes straight onto my ‘to try” list.

  • Gina May 21, 2012, 6:12 pm

    I’ve only eaten this dish out, I will have to hunt down some lemongrass and try this at home. Have to stop over and read your interview, Nancy always does such a great job. Hope you are having a great week Nami.

  • Mel May 21, 2012, 6:27 pm

    Delicious Grilled Chicken….. it must be full of flavours once it is grilled!

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice May 21, 2012, 6:43 pm

    Lemongrass is my favorite when comes to Southeast Asian cuisine. You will not look back once you start using it:) This grilled chicken looks full of flavor. Absolutely a great recipe!

  • Nic@diningwithastud May 21, 2012, 6:43 pm

    Beautiful recipe! I love Thai food now. Thailand really inspired me

  • Jen at The Three Little Piglets May 21, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I love the flavor of lemongrass but it’s often really hard to find fresh lemongrass where I live. This looks beautiful Nami!

  • tigerfish May 21, 2012, 7:10 pm

    Definitely delicious with the lemongrass, cilantro, garlic, chili Thai-based marinade! Since I don’t have a outdoor grill, I tried making similar as a roast whole chicken dish before. Works well too.

  • Malou | Skip to Malou May 21, 2012, 7:29 pm

    Congratulations with the feature… and you are lucky to receive a cookbook from tutle publishing. Maybe next time around you will have a cookbook by the same publishing company. Who knows just like you didn’t expect to be featured with Spicie Foodies right?
    We cook with lemongrass and we have a similar dish like this too. Great presentation and great step by step procedure shared.

    Happy Monday!

  • Kim Bee May 21, 2012, 8:17 pm

    This looks delicious Nami. It took me forever to find lemongrass locally but I finally scored some.

  • Eha May 21, 2012, 8:33 pm

    Am kind’of lucky: in spite of winter well and truly on the way, my two massive lemon-grass plants [in pots] are still talking to me! Chicken thighs, totally by accident, out of the freezer, do guess what I’ll be doing half an hour from now?! OK, Thai chillies not quite on offer, but substitutes . . . Yup, love ‘Spicie Foodies’ too, so, perhaps > first :) !

  • ava-j May 21, 2012, 9:36 pm

    My hubby and I are huge fans of Thai food and so i’ll be saving this recipe to surprise him when he goes into his recurring “I wish we were in Thailand again” mood,lol! Thanks Nami!

  • Eha May 21, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Nami – back from reading and commenting on your interview with Nancy. Just thank you, beautiful lady!

  • Christine May 21, 2012, 10:00 pm

    This looks good.

    Congrats to the winners!

  • Nandita May 22, 2012, 12:11 am

    Lemon grass is my current obsession. I have been having lemon grass in the form of tea. I guess it’s high time I started incorporating it in curries as well. Love to try a veggie version of this :)

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy May 22, 2012, 12:28 am

    Oh my Nami..these looks so so good.Drool Drool! I want to run to you after seeing the first picture. Will you make for me ?

  • Beth Michelle May 22, 2012, 1:36 am

    I adore Thai food. This cookbook sounds great and this chicken looks amazing!!!

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan May 22, 2012, 3:54 am

    Dear Nami,

    the moment I saw this recipe, I thought it would either be a Thai or Vietnamese inspired recipe. Lemongrass is such a fragrant and important herb in South East Asian cooking. I love this recipe especially in a summer BBQ with a few cold beers around the pool.

  • Lilly May 22, 2012, 5:03 am

    Nami this chicken looks amazing! Love your charcoal grill. It makes everything taste so much better!

    Ps: I buy my lemon grass in bulk and keep it in the freezer. This way I’ll always have it at hand, since it goes so well pretty much everything (pork, fish, beef). It’s amazing on fish!

  • Kristy May 22, 2012, 6:08 am

    I love this photo!! Gorgeous and happy colors. It sounds delicious too. I’ve never had Thai food, but I think Mike is pushing for us to try it soon. :)

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb May 22, 2012, 6:19 am

    I wanna start cooking more with lemon grass too. love the flavoures plus its a healhty ingredient for the body system! Thanks for the inspiration nami!

  • Fern @ To Food with Love May 22, 2012, 7:08 am

    Bright, beautiful and delicious looking dish! Love the colour scheme too! By the way, did you use thigh fillet, without the bones?

    • Nami May 22, 2012, 9:08 am

      Thanks Fern! In the US, thighs with skin-on comes with bones automatically. I asked a butcher to remove bones for me.

  • mjskit May 22, 2012, 7:56 am

    What an absolutely perfect chicken for this time of year! Bobby is the grill master but he leaves the marinade to me. I am definitely pinning this one to be made very soon!

  • Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking May 22, 2012, 8:20 am

    Oh this looks amazing!

  • Purabi Naha May 22, 2012, 9:27 am

    Nami this chicken sounds delicious with lemongrass…this book looks really interesting! I have eaten lemongrass chicken here in HK so many times here and fell in love with the taste. This recipe looks like a good one worth trying!

  • Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) May 22, 2012, 10:16 am

    Everything about this just looks fantastic! I love the colors in your photography too–the plate is so pretty! both the plate itself and the food on it, hehe

  • chinmayie @ love food eat May 22, 2012, 11:25 am

    I love Thai food and I have a lovely Thai cookbook I bought in Thailand. I use it very regularly! I am sure my hubby will love this chicken dish.

  • Kitchen Belleicious May 22, 2012, 11:37 am

    you always have the most amazing dishes! I have always wanted to use lemongrass in my cooking but shocker- I never have! You have inspired me to get out of my comfort zone! This chicken looks beyond wonderful!

  • Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts May 22, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Without even having to taste this dish, i just know that it’ll be delicious especially with that amazing sauce.. the flavours will just dance in my mouth! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Patty May 22, 2012, 5:21 pm

    Hi Nami! I am love, love, loving this recipe for grilled chicken;-) We will be enjoying this hot off the grill one night this Summer, thanks for passing on the recipe;-)

  • Velva May 22, 2012, 5:35 pm

    This looks delicious! I love the bold colors and complex flavors that Thai food provides-great cookbook.


  • yummychunklet May 22, 2012, 5:49 pm

    I can see why your family loved this chicken. It looks delicious!

  • Valerie Brunmeier May 22, 2012, 6:14 pm

    This looks like such a simple and delicious dish. Just perfect for our grilling weather and Memorial Day weekend!

  • Carolyn Jung May 22, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Lemongrass chicken on the grill is the most amazingly fragrant dish. I can’t get enough of it in the summer.

  • Ramona May 22, 2012, 6:39 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway and recipe!! Congratulations to the winners!! Superb job Nami! :) The lemondgrass chicken looks amazing!!

  • Claudia May 22, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Utterly scrumptious – I also love Thai cuisine. But can never find lemongrass stalks. I may have to just grow it!

  • Stephaie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 22, 2012, 8:25 pm

    I love how light and flavorful this chicken looks, Nami!

  • wok with ray May 22, 2012, 9:41 pm

    Just like you, I’ve never cooked with lemongrass before and there are so many good recipes out there using lemongrass. I love these chicken, Nami. They are perfectly charred. Hey, that was a very nice interview with Nancy, congrats on being featured there. Good job my friend. :)

  • Raymund May 22, 2012, 11:56 pm

    I got to love this one, you wont go wrong with a grilled chicken and Thai. This also looks similar to the Filipino Chicken Inasal (http://angsarap.net/2012/04/18/chicken-inasal/), I hope you try that as well, specially now I am noticing you are posting non Japanese dishes

  • Emily @ Life on Food May 23, 2012, 3:32 am

    Great recipe! It seems like the perfect way to jazz up a summer night of grilling.

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love May 23, 2012, 6:30 am

    I love lemongrass chicken, it tastes so fresh, perfect for summer! As always, your photos are beautiful and very nice presentation!

  • Alyssa May 23, 2012, 6:38 am

    This sounds great! We eat a lot of chicken wings, so I’m always looking for new recipes. And leave it to you, Nami, to make chicken wings look so pretty :)

  • Ann@Anncoo Journal May 23, 2012, 6:48 am

    Hi Nami, Sorry I’m late! I love Thai food and your lemongrass chicken looks so delicious. Definitely try this for my family during the weekend.

  • Lori Lynn May 23, 2012, 6:57 am

    Hi Nami – that chicken looks so delicious, love the bits of crispy charred skin too. And your colorful plate arrangement…

  • ATasteOfMadness May 23, 2012, 7:24 am

    Wow!! I’m always looking for more chicken recipes. This looks wonderful!

  • Kelly May 23, 2012, 9:12 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! I love all the flavors you used! :)

  • Mango Ginger May 23, 2012, 9:14 am

    Your blog is simply delightful. I live in Bangkok and I love seeing the simple dishes which I can buy on the street turned into something so elegant. Please come visit some time! http://www.mango-ginger.blogspot.com

  • Katerina May 23, 2012, 10:07 am

    For years lemon grass was not available in Greece! The chicken looks very well cooked and I am sure it was packed with flavors. Congrats to the winners!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) May 23, 2012, 10:54 am

    Grilled lemongrass chicken is my favorite…it’s simple yet really good! Your version looks superb, Nami and the sauce sounds awesome too!

  • Liz May 23, 2012, 12:48 pm

    This sounds amazing, Nami! And I’d have to lessen up the heat for my family, too :) Sounds like a wonderful cookbook!

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) May 23, 2012, 1:32 pm

    I am going to make this immediately. I am always looking for a lovely new chicken recipe. Yum!

  • Sarah @ Homestyle Cooking Around The World May 23, 2012, 2:15 pm

    This looks wonderful! I have recently discovered lemongrass and have bookmarked and pinned this to try very soon. I will have to look for this cookbook since I, like you, am discovering that Thai food is wonderful make-at-home food!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 23, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Your lemongrass chicken looks wonderful! And I can always tell how much I like a book depending on the number of post it notes! :P

  • Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz May 23, 2012, 4:56 pm

    I adore Thai food too, pretty spicy. And I am a huge fan of lemongrass. Glad you got to try it fresh. Preparing Thai at home is best as you said so you can control the heat. Even if you make a dish for the family you can separate a portion for your hubby and add spice for him, everyone will be happy.

  • Happy When Not Hungry May 23, 2012, 5:40 pm

    This looks beautiful and so perfect for summer! I def have to try this. YUM!

  • Daksha May 23, 2012, 8:57 pm

    I like lemongrass flavor, This looks good. Congrats to the winners!

  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake May 24, 2012, 7:23 am

    I’m in love with Thai food, it’s always so full of flavour and spices, especially lemongrass! I don’t understand what you’re talking about when you say you don’t have good photography, these are amazing, like always! I’m getting hungry…

  • Magic of Spice May 24, 2012, 9:54 am

    I adore Thai flavors, and your chicken is gorgeous!
    Congrats to the winners :)

  • kankana May 24, 2012, 11:17 am

    I love anything citrus-y and lemon grass is one of my fav! I can imagine how amazing this chicken would taste with that beautiful flavor. Got to try this one sometime soon.

  • Soni May 24, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Oooh I love Thai dishes and this one is perfect for the barbeque season!!The sauce looks like a perfect combination for these delicious chicken thighs!!Have to try this for sure Nami :)

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  • Evelyn May 25, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Nami, I’ve been wanting to search this recipe for a long time. Now I am so excited that I’ve got it from you. Thank you and I can’t wait to try it out.

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen May 26, 2012, 11:56 am

    This chicken looks amazing, Nami!!

  • daphne May 28, 2012, 2:17 am

    what lovely presentation not to mention great grilled flavours!! Loving the sauce and the photos.

  • Jennifer (Delicieux) May 28, 2012, 2:31 am

    What a beautiful dish! I love lemongrass, it’s so beautiful and aromatic. I love the colour of that plate too.

  • Kelly May 28, 2012, 3:59 am

    That looks great!! I love using Lemongrass. In fact I think I’ll make this this week! :D

  • Terra May 28, 2012, 8:54 am

    My hubby and I just got a wood smoker, and we are having WAY too much fun:-) I just said we need to make a delicious Asian dish on the wood smoker. This recipe would be perfect, and I have not worked with lemongrass yet:-) Sounds lovely! Hugs, Terra

  • Anne May 28, 2012, 9:02 am



    私も良くチキンを使っています 昨日もチキンを使ったばかりです

  • Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings May 28, 2012, 9:54 am

    Nami, I like lemongrass in Thai cooking! I don’t have a decent Thai cookbook yet, maybe this is a good one! Beautiful, tantalizing photos as usual!

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals May 28, 2012, 9:01 pm

    Nami, sorry to hear about your hot pepper allergy, it must have been painful! The first few times I handled fresh Thai pepper, my fingers felt hot for a few hours and I didn’t make that mental connection, though now a days I know it’s the potent seeds doing their thing…

    Your lemongrass chicken looks delicious, we don’t cook enough Thai dishes at the house, though we do eat at the local Thai restaurant alot. Palm sugar is something I need to make a note to buy the next time we got grocery shopping!

  • bakerbynature May 29, 2012, 10:18 am

    This looks sensational! I have been hooked to lemongrass since the first time I cooked with it, i’ll have to give this a try!

  • Mary May 29, 2012, 11:52 pm

    Beautiful photos, Nami. The cookbook sounds great. Congrats on your interview too!

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious May 30, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Lemongrass is so HARD to find where I live, but I absolutely adore their flavors. Thanks for sharing Nami, this looks delicious.

  • Aya June 4, 2012, 3:13 pm

    This was AMAZING! Thank you for posting Nami san! :D

  • Michael @ BlueberryChuckle June 7, 2012, 3:06 am

    Looks great! Love the Thai sweet chili sauce – I’ve got a recipe for Spicy Thai Burgers on my blog. Must be on a Thai kick or something!

  • Shirley June 12, 2012, 8:10 pm

    Nami, I’ve made this twice now, but never early enough to take a good photo. (Plus, we just want to eat.) It’s so good! The fish sauce is stinky while marinating, but once it hits the grill it smells heavenly. And the flavors really infuse the chicken. Definitely a new favorite!

    • Nami June 12, 2012, 9:57 pm

      I’ve made a couple of times already too! I’m glad you enjoyed making this (you cook the same recipe on East coast while I cook on West coast – kinda cool)! I totally agree. It has that funky smell but that transform into something amazing after grilling… now you made my mouth water! =P Thanks for your feedback!

  • A Little Yumminess July 9, 2012, 8:17 pm

    will make this for sure. looks like a good book!

  • Sam September 17, 2012, 10:28 am

    Hi Nami, I’ve tried this recipe twice and both times it was a hit! You can get away with a few hours for effect but it’s a huge difference marinated overnight.

    Thanks for the recipe, this one’s a keeper for me.

    • Nami September 18, 2012, 1:11 am

      Hi Sam! Yay! Thank you for stopping by to give me your feedback. I really appreciate it! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • TheKitchenLioness August 28, 2013, 11:38 pm

    Nami, so this looks easy enough but I can see that I will have to wait until tomorrrow to enjoy – it should marinate overnight, you are right and so I shall follow the instructions, of course. I really appreciate the “ease” of the ingredients – not hard to find in stores and the list is rather short – perfect for weekdays.

    • Nami August 29, 2013, 12:06 am

      Andrea, I hope you enjoy this dish – we have been making this dish many times and the sauce is so delicious that my family really enjoy this dish. The fragrance of lemongrass, palm sugar, fish sauce… very Thai, and delicious!! If you decide to cook this dish, I hope you and your family enjoy it! :)

  • Alana November 18, 2013, 7:51 am

    My first attempt at cooking Thai! I could hardly taste the lemongrass flavour though… Not sure if I had removed too much of the outer skin of the lemongrass. But overall my dinner companions gave a thumbs up for the dish :)

    • Nami November 20, 2013, 10:36 pm

      Alana, thank you for trying this dish. Try adding more. I followed the recipe in this cookbook, and it worked for my family (maybe if it has more lemongrass flavor, my kids may not like it). Don’t worry, you probably didn’t remove the outer skin too much because you would know you are throwing away the skin too much. :)

  • Jeanna February 2, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Hi! I love Thai food but I live in South Florida and I can’t find lemongrass anywhere! Not even in the large Asian market. Is it possible to substitute for it in Thai recipes?

    • Nami February 3, 2014, 10:20 pm

      Hi Jeanna! Lemongrass is pretty important in this particular recipe. There are sweet basil that Thai recipes use often. Hope you can find lemongrass somewhere…

  • Lizzy June 15, 2014, 11:22 am

    It’s cooking right now under the grill. I made the following changes due to what was in my pantry:

    Used dried Cayenne chillies instead of fresh ones
    Used Vietnamese nuoc mam fish sauce
    Used frozen lemongrass
    Used frozen cilantro

    Hope this turns out well! We’ll eat it with white rice and store bought Thai sweet chilli sauce, and have fresh cantaloupe melon for dessert.

    • Nami June 16, 2014, 11:24 pm

      Hi Lizzy! Thank you for trying this recipe! I hope you enjoyed it. :)