If you like the aromatic of lemongrass, you should try this dish! Seriously. My hubby doesn't really into lemongrass, but when he tried this dish he likes it a lot.
Both chicken and the sauce are having lemongrass aromatic.

There are 2 kind of grilled lemongrass chicken. One is Vietnamese style and the other is Thai style. And I made the Thai style this time. The original name of this dish is Gai Yang Dtakrai (please correct me if I am wrong).

I love Thai foods, might be because Thai food's ingredients are similar with Indonesian food's ingredients. And plus, I love the combination of sweet and sour which is a common taste in Thai foods.

Better I stop talking and let's try this yummy grilled chicken :).....

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken with Lemongrass Sweet Chilli Sauce

7 pieces chicken - legs and thighs, rinse and pat dry

Marinade Sauce:
2 stalks of lemongrass, finely minced the white part only (I used food processor to mince it)
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup shaoxing wine
4 tbsps soy sauce
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp galangal powder
1 tbsp blackpepper
1 tsp dried crushed chilli
3 tbsps brown sugar

Lemongrass Sweet Chilli Sauce:
1-1/2 stalks of lemongrass, finely minced the white part only (I used food processor to mince it)
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsps shaoxing wine
1/4 cup fish sauce
3/4 cup rice vinegar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp dried crushed chilli (you can reduce it if you dislike too spicy)
1/2 cup water
2 to 3 tbsp tapioca starch solution

For the Marinade Sauce:
Mix all ingredients. Put chicken in the ziplock bag and pour the marinade sauce over the chicken. Make sure all chickens are soaked in the sauce. Keep it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Alot better if you marinate it for overnight.

For the Lemongrass Sweet Chilli Sauce:
Mix all ingredients except the tapioca starch solution. Boil it over high heat. Once the sauce is boiling, pour in the tapioca starch solution. Keep stirring until the sauce is thicken. Let it cool before you serve it.

Brush the grill pan with olive oil. Preheat it over high heat. Place the chicken on the grill pan. Reduce the heat into medium heat. Grill and brush the chicken with the marinade sauce. Grill it until both sides are browned.


Preheat the oven over 375F.
Put the marinated chicken on the baking dish. Cover it with alumunium foil. Bake it for an hour. Don't forget to brush the chicken with the marinate sauce every 15 minutes. Uncover the chicken. Brush the chicken with the marinate sauce. Bake it for another 20 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the chicken when it is ready to serve.


  1. oh these looks delicious!! im gonna try this tomorrow, it's going to be perfect for our family gathering :)

    thanks for sharing and very very nice meeting you :)

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  2. Hi Puw, thanks for visiting my blog. Please give your comment after you try this dish :). Hopefully you and your family would like it :).

    You're welcome. Nice to meet you too. I'm going to your blog now ;).

  3. Belzy, I just made your kue talam. I think I might have used wrong type of rice flour ( michiko sweet rice flour). Still delicious nevertheless;). Will make it again for sure. Thanks for the recipe ya say!

    Btw, I love gai yang chicken too. It's my family favorite.
    Dewi (elra)

  4. @Mbak Dewi (Elra): sama2 mbak :) hasilnya gmn mbak pake tepung michiko? Jadi keraskah? Iya kue talam enak ya...aku wkt masih di indo sukaaa sekali ama kue talam, pas ampe seattle kaga ada yg jual :(. Jd bikin ndiri dah :(.

    I love gai yang chicken too! Especially I love lemongrass!

  5. Dik Belzy, ternyata pakai sweet rice hasilnya lebih chewy (kenyal?), coconut milknya tak infused pakai sere and daun jeruk purut :)

  6. @Mbak Dewi: jadi kenyal ya mbak? Aku mau coba ah pake sweet rice. Kalo pake rice flour biasa sih ga kenyal mbak. Iya juga ya, pasti hasilnya wangi yah kalo diinfuse pake sere ama daun jeruk.

  7. Belzy, thks for sharing this recipe....I'm salivating looking at your pic! :)
    aku juga doyaaaaaaan ama Thai food soalnya hihi....

  8. @Alice: you're welcome lis :). Thai food mah emang ga ada duanya ya...enak bener rasanya ada asem2 nya gitu ya :).

  9. Hi belzy, 7 pcs of chicken is roughly how many kgs? I just bought 2 kgs of chicken wingettes for this coming fri bbq dinner. Just want to know the ratio tat I need to increase for making 2kgs of meat. Thanks.

  10. Hi Mistygal, so sorry, I don't remember the weight of the 7 pcs of chicken. Might be about 1 kg? I guess the easy way is, first, you make 2 recipes of marinade's sauce and pour it on the chicken. If the marinade sauce doesn't cover the whole chicken, then you add 1 more recipe of the marinade sauce. You should make sure the chicken is soaking in the marinade sauce. Hope it helps!

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    1. Hi Alice, thank you for the awards :). Sure I'll go to ur blog to grab it ;).

  12. hmmm..must be nice n fragrant...i like thai n vietnamese food belz..but never try to cook it yet..only order in restaurant when outing with my family...

  13. This is really lovely, I love all the combination of lemongrass and galangal - sweet tastes of childhood! www.LinsFood.com