I’m always looking for new and easy marinade recipes for chicken. I tried this recipe recently and thought it tasted pretty good, it was flavorful in a subtle way…not overpowering. So, I thought I’d share with you. If you’re looking for a refreshing and light new marinade for your chicken, then try out this Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken & Shrimp recipe.
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We have a family of five (2 adults, 3 elementary aged kids) and this recipe fed our family. We also had rice and steamed broccoli (kids love broccoli) with the grilled chicken and shrimp. But, you could go with more commonly used veggies such as sliced cucumber, carrots, tomatoes and green leaf lettuce.
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If you purchased fresh shrimp, you’ll want to clean your shrimp before cooking. See this step by step article on how to clean shrimp, click here.
You’ll want to cut the lemongrass into strips (so you can remove easily later) and bruise/mash them in the mortar and gestle grinder to release the flavor when you mix in the marinade. Cut the garlic into small chunks or you can also grind/mash the garlic in the mortar and gestle grinder too. Again, to release the flavor into the marinade.
You’ll want to combine the ingredients above in a large mixing bowl (excluding the chicken and shrimp). Once you’ve mixed well, then you can mix the chicken thighs and shrimp into the bowl (hence the large mixing bowl). You’ll want to let the chicken and shrimp marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour, but more ideal is letting it marinate overnight…just depends on your time constraints.
After you’ve let the chicken and shrimp marinate, you’ll want to warm up your cast iron grill pan over medium heat, then cook the chicken and shrimp. Be sure to remove any lemongrass that is sticking to the chicken or shrimp.
If you’ve used a cast iron grill pan to cook meats, you’ll already understand why I use it. But, if you haven’t used one, you should consider trying. A cast iron grill pan cooks differently than a regular pan, the meats have a different texture and flavor that is superior to grilling on a regular pan. You could also grill over a gas grill or coals too. You’ll want to make sure the chicken and shrimp is thoroughly cooked before plating.
I hope you found this simple and easy Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken & Shrimp recipe enjoyable, I did! Happy grilling!