An image of Air Fryer Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken served on a plate. The chicken is marinated in a blend of lemongrass, garlic, scallions, and other spices. It is garnished with green onion oil and herbs and served with rice.

Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Nướng Xả)

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One of my go-to recipes is Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken, also known as “Gà nướng xả”. This dish is not only delicious, yet incredibly easy to prepare, making it perfect for midweek meals or large groups.

🙋‍♀️ What is “Gà Nướng Xả”?

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken (or Gà Nướng Xả) in Vietnamese, typically refers to chicken grilled with lemongrass.

Lemongrass is a popular herb in Vietnamese cooking, and it’s no wonder—it’s a favorite in Southeast Asian kitchens too! This zesty herb brings a citrusy kick with a touch of mintiness that really freshens up any dishes.

Vietnamese Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Xả Ớt) – A flavorful and aromatic dish with succulent chicken infused with lemongrass, chili and other spices.
Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Xả Ớt)

Besides the grilled lemongrass chicken, Vietnamese locals also love Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Xả Ớt), where pieces of chicken are stir-fried with sliced lemongrass and chili, then braised until caramelized.

🍗 Ingredients

  • Deboned chicken legs or chicken thighs: Chicken thighs and chicken legs are especially popular in Vietnamese cuisine because they have a slightly higher fat content than other parts of the chicken, which makes them incredibly juicy and flavorful.
  • Aromatics: lemongrass, garlic and scallions.
  • Seasonings: fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar (or honey).
  • Coconut milk: my secret tip. It helps tenderize the chicken.
  • Vietnamese lemongrass chili oil (sốt sa tế): it’s optional but I highly recommend.

📝 Instructions

Prepare the marinade: Blend the lemongrass stalk, scallions, garlic with 2-3 tbsp of water. With this method, you will not bite into any uncomfortable lumps of lemongrass

Marinade the chicken: combine the chicken with all these ingredients: blended aromatics, fish sauce, soy sauce, coconut milk, black sugar. Set aside for at least 3 hour, up to 24 hours (or marinate the chicken overnight in the fridge).

Instructions for Air Fryer Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken - Ga Nuong Sa

Grill the chicken:

  • Before cooking, leave the chicken at room-temperature for around 20 minutes. Remove as much as marinade on the chicken (It could prevent the chicken from burning)
  • If using an air fryer, place the chicken upside down in the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes at 356°F (180°C). Increase the temperature to 400°F (200°C), flip the chicken, air fry for another 5 minutes.
Instructions for Air Fryer Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken - Ga Nuong Sa
  • If using an oven, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes. Place the chicken on a grill rack with the drip tray underneath, then bake it for 15-20 minutes or until it’s a delicious golden brown.
An appetizing photo of Vietnamese lemongrass chicken cooked in an air fryer. The chicken is perfectly crispy and golden brown, with a flavorful aroma of lemongrass.

🌟 How to serve Gà Nướng Xả

With steamed rice (the most popular way):

Delicious bowl of fluffy jasmine rice ready to be savored
Steamed Jasmine Rice

With banh mi:

Use it as a filling for Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich

A close-up photo of a delicious Banh Mi sandwich with a crispy baguette, filled with vibrant vegetables, fresh herbs, and savory protein.

With rice noodles:

You could create your bowl of Bún Gà Nướng (rice noodle salad with chicken) by yourself.

Do chua (vietnamese pickled carrot and daikon) in a jar.
Đồ Chua
Mo Hanh, or Vietnamese scallion oil. The vibrant green oil is made by infusing scallions in vegetable oil or pork lard, resulting in a flavorful and aromatic condiment.
Mỡ Hành
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Vietnamese Dipping Fish Sauce
Delicious Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao - A flavorful noodle salad dish with tender stir-fried beef, fresh herbs, and rice noodles, topped with peanuts and served with Vietnamese dipping sauce.
Bún Bò Xào (Rice Noodle Salad with Stir-fried Beef)

With rice papers:

Delicious Vietnamese Chicken Rice Paper Rolls - A delectable blend of tender chicken, fresh veggies, and aromatic herbs wrapped in delicate rice paper.
Chicken Spring Rolls

🌟 Helpful Tips

  • Use fresh lemongrass: To get the best flavor from the lemongrass, use fresh lemongrass stalks.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can freeze them for a month.
  • Frozen, marinated chicken should be consumed within 2-3 weeks.

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An image of Air Fryer Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken served on a plate. The chicken is marinated in a blend of lemongrass, garlic, scallions, and other spices. It is garnished with green onion oil and herbs and served with rice.

Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Nướng Xả)

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Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken is both delicious and simple to make, ideal for quick dinners or gatherings. Plus, my recipe ensures no awkward lemongrass lumps.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 2

Equipment

  • 1 Air fryer
  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

Marinating chicken

  • 1.1 lb deboned chicken thighs (chicken legs) (500g)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 big clove garlic
  • 1 scallion
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp black sugar (or honey)
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk

Condiments

Instructions
 

  • Blend the lemongrass stalk, scallions, garlic with 2-3 tbsp of water. This technique ensures that you won't bite any unpleasant lumps of lemongrass
  • Marinade the chicken with all these ingredients: fish sauce, soy sauce, the previous blended aromatics, coconut milk, black sugar (or honey). Set aside for at least 3 hour, up to 24 hours (I often leave it overnight in the fridge).
  • Allow the chicken to sit at room temperature for approximately 20 minutes before cooking. Ensure to remove excess marinade from the chicken to prevent it from burning.
  • Air fry the chicken upside down for 10 minutes at 356°F (180°C). Increase the temperature to 400°F (200°C), flip the chicken, then air fry it for another 5 minutes.
  • If you're using an oven, preheat it to 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes. Next, place the chicken on a grill rack with the drip tray underneath, and bake it for 15-20 minutes or until it's beautifully golden brown and delicious.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
5/5 - (50 votes)

5 Comments

  1. I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thanks again

  2. […] This Air Fryer Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken recipe is a game-changer! The marinade blends lemongrass, garlic, and scallions, which infuses the chicken with a bold and aromatic flavor that is truly irresistible. Serve it with either noodles or steamed rice, and it’s perfect for midweek meals. […]

  3. 5 stars
    Dear Cielle, Thank you for the recipe. Made this with leftover fillets of turkey breast. Run out of fish sauce so I used another tbsp soya sauce & added salt. Grilled it on a teflon pan & it came out super tender & moist. I used it to make Banh Mi following your recipe. My hubby said he loves it, tastes so authentic with pickled radish & carrots, fresh cucumber strips & coriander, no Pate bec hubby does not like. I dare say my Banh Mi is almost as good as street vendors in vietnam. Better than some chain store in Singapore. Thank you again for sharing your recipes. God Bless!

    • Dear Ong KC,
      Your feedback really lights up my day. I’m very glad that you could whip up your Bánh Mì at home with my recipes. If you have any questions about Vietnamese food, feel free to send me an email. As a native Vietnamese, I believe I can help.
      Have a nice day ^^.
      Cielle

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