Vietnamese-style baked chicken is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines the tenderness of chicken with the delicious blend of Vietnamese herbs and spices. Here’s a simple recipe to make this dish
1. How To Make Vietnamese-Style Baked Chicken
- 4 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced shallots
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass, finely chopped or lemongrass paste
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder (optional, but adds depth of flavor)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil (for added richness and flavor)
- Fresh cilantro and sliced green onions for garnish
In a mixing bowl, combine the fish sauce, soy sauce, honey (or brown sugar), minced garlic, minced shallots, lemongrass, vegetable oil (or melted butter), ground black pepper, and five-spice powder (if using). Stir well to create a smooth and fragrant marinade.
Place the chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure each piece is coated evenly. Seal the bag or cover the dish with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, for the flavors to infuse.
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Take the marinated chicken out of the refrigerator and transfer it to a baking dish. Arrange the chicken thighs in a single layer with the skin side up. Then drizzle the sesame oil over the chicken thighs for added richness and flavor.
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is golden and crispy.
During baking, baste the chicken with the juices from the bottom of the dish a couple of times to keep the chicken moist and flavorful.
Once the chicken is done, take it out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and sliced green onions before serving.
Vietnamese-style baked chicken is best served with steamed rice and a side of fresh vegetables or a light salad. You can also drizzle any remaining marinade from the baking dish over the chicken for extra flavor.
This Vietnamese-style baked chicken is packed with delicious savory and sweet notes, making it a delightful and satisfying dish that will surely be a hit at the dinner table. Enjoy the blend of Vietnamese flavors in every tender and juicy bite!