November 10, 2016

Lemongrass & Chilli Chicken

The one ingredient which is always stocked in my pantry is lemongrass, either fresh or in a powder form. The love of subtle citrus flavour is the main reason and in addition, this also has lots of medicinal values. I had already mentioned in Lemongrass & galangal Tea post regarding its benefits. This recipe is inspired by Vietnamese cuisine and have made few changes in method of cooking according to our tastebud.
The chicken is marinated with lemongrass, garlic and onion paste for half an hour and then sautéed in a pan along with spicy green chillies gives a wonderful aroma while cooking. Apart from flavour, this curry gives a refreshing feel while eating.  Adding sugar to the recipe gives a lovely colour to the chicken. Adjust the quantity of chillies according to spicy level. This goes delicious with any varieties of rice like Jasmine rice, sticky rice, white rice, brown rice etc.

Ingredients :

200 Gms Chicken Boneless, cut into cubes
1 Medium sized Onion, chopped
4 Garlic pods, peeled
1/4 Cup Lemongrass, finely chopped
4 - 5 Green chillies, sliced
1 Tbsp Fish sauce
1 Tsp Chicken powder
Few Basil leaves + garnishing
1 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
1/2 Cup Water ( Add extra if required )
Salt to taste
2 Tsp Sugar

Method :

Grind lemongrass, garlic pods and chopped onion into paste.

Marinate the chicken with the ground paste for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan and add sliced chillies followed by the marinated chicken and few basil leaves.

Saute it together for couple of minutes.

Now add sugar, salt, fish sauce and chicken powder to the chicken and cook it for a minute.

Add the measured water, cover and cook till the chicken gets cooked.

Garnish with basil leaves and remove from the flame.

Serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve hot with any varieties of white rice.