Vietnamese Chicken Chop

Jean would like to learn how to use lemon grass. Being a Canadian, Jean is fascinated with the stuff she finds in Asian groceries stores. The only problem is she does not how to use them. So, Tanni demonstrated a Vietnamese Chicken Chop recipe in the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen which uses lemon grass. Tanni got the recipe from a friend who married a Vietnamese. The marinates in this recipe can be used on chicken or pork chop.



  • 4 pieces of chicken thighs


  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped lemon grass
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce


Click on the link below for the instructions.


Preheat oven to 425F.

IMG_5702Chop the garlic, shallot and lemon grass with an electric chopper or by hand.As for the lemon grass, peel away a couple of outer layer of skin and use the inner core stem. The lemon grass is very fibrous and hard to digest. That’s why it needs to be chopped very fine. Otherwise, pound the root part of the lemon grass to release flavour and use the whole lemon grass to flavour soup or curry and remove it before serving.
IMG_5703Mix all the marinating ingredients together in a small bowl.
IMG_5705Rub the marinates on the chicken thighs. Give it a good message and let marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
IMG_5707Brush the skin with vinegar in order to have crispy skin.
IMG_5712Bake in a preheated oven on a rack on top of a baking pan to catch the dripping oil. This way, the chicken will not sit on its own oil. Bake for 30 minutes or until the juice runs clear.
IMG_5738The chicken will be golden brown when done. It’s crispy on the skin and moist and flavourful.
IMG_5711You may eat the chicken with a dipping sauce made of chopped garlic, finely grated carrot, rice vinegar and sugar.

Tanni, thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  1. jutus

    Thanks for this great blog Suanne & Ben. My wife and I enjoy it a lot.. recipes and resto reviews. Would you be able to recommend the best neighborhood in Vancouver to live in for bakeries / cheap eats / grocers / butchers? We are in Toronto returning home to Vancouver but it has changed so much, I don’t know the neighborhoods anymore.

  2. zozoyork

    Looks so yummy =)~ drools

  3. Angel

    Thank you for the recipe. Ever since my fav Vietnamese restaurant got bought out by other owners near our area, we totally missed the lemongrass chicken and pork there. I’m going to try this out. 🙂

  4. monica

    Thanks for the recipe, I wanted to share this I always have any kind of chicken with this drink called purple. You must have heard about since it’s doing a lot of rounds in the celebrity circuit and is all over the news. Its tastes amazing with chicken, try it and let me know if you liked it or not. It is a health drink which is made up of 7 fruits juice and is high on antioxidants and you know about antioxidants right? it prevents premature ageing, what else do growing women want huh, LOL!! If you want more information to check whether what I am saying is right you can get it at . You can get it at GNC and drug stores.

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