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Lemongrass Chicken Recipe

Creative Cooking for the Health Conscious Gourmet

Low-Calorie | Low-Carbohydrate | Low-Cholesterol | High-Protein

Healthy Chicken Recipe

This recipe is appropriate for low-calorie, low-cholesterol, low-carbohydrate, and high-protein diet regimens. It is delicious and easy to make with a stovetop skillet and/or a wok.

Check the nutritional information below. There is also an option to further reduce the sugar if you are diabetic.


  • 2 tbsp Asian fish sauce

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder

  • 0.5 tsp kosher salt

  • 2 tbsp plus 1.5 tsp sugar

  • 1.5 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1.5-in. pieces (or leave on bone 1.5 – 2 lb., remove skin after partially cooked)

  • 3 tbsp water

  • 3 tbsp canola oil

  • 2 fresh lemongrass stalks, tender inner white bulbs only, minced

  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced

  • 3 serrano chiles, seeded and minced

  • 5 cilantro sprigs

  • Steamed brown jasmine rice, for serving


In a bowl, combine the fish sauce, garlic, curry powder, salt, and 1.5 tsp sugar. Add the chicken to coat. In a small skillet, mix the remaining 2 tbsp sugar with 1 tbsp water and cook over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Cook without stirring until a deep-amber caramel forms (2-3 min). Remove from heat, and stir in the remaining 2 tbsp water. Transfer to a very small, heatproof bowl.

Heat a wok over high heat. Add the oil, and heat until shimmering. Add the lemon¬grass, shallot, and chiles, and stir-fry until fragrant (~ 1 min). Add chicken and caramel, and stir-fry over moderate heat until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened (~8 min).

Transfer to a bowl, and top with the cilantro. Serve with rice.

Nutritional Information

Servings: 4

Amount per serving (not including rice):

Calories: 339

Total fat: 16.9g

Saturated fat: 3.1 g

Cholesterol: 99mg

Sodium: 1,165 mg

Total carbohydrate: 3.8g

Dietary fiber: 0.9g

Total sugars: 0.4g

Protein: 41.7g

Editor’s note: If you are diabetic, you can decrease amount of sugar used.

Healthy Lemongrass Recipe Author: Justin Gillette

Medically Reviewed by FibonacciMD editors.

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