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Vietnamese lemongrass chicken skewers are tender, juicy, and flavorful, marinated with fresh lemongrass. Serve these kebabs with peanut dipping sauce. |

Lemongrass Chicken Skewers

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 skewers
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Vietnamese lemongrass chicken skewers are tender, juicy, and flavorful, marinated with fresh lemongrass. Serve these kebabs with peanut dipping sauce.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 lb. boneless and skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1.5-inch thick cubes
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, finely chopped (for garnish)

For the peanut dipping sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (or dark soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid honey (or granulated sugar)


  1. In a blender or food processor, add all marinade ingredients (vegetable oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic, lemongrass, and onion) and mix for 1 minute until smooth.
  2. Place cubed chicken into a large mixing bowl and pour the marinade on top. Toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight for the best results). You can also store the marinated chicken in a sealable ziploc bag.
  3. Thread 4-5 pieces of cubed chicken on each skewer.
  4. You can grill, bake, or air fry the chicken skewers.
    • To grill the skewers: Lightly apply cooking oil over chicken skewers using a cooking oil spray or silicone brush. Preheat the grill over medium-high heat for 3 minutes until sizzling hot. Place the skewers evenly apart on the grill pan and grill for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F. Do not overlap the skewers at any time to ensure even cooking for all the skewers. 
    • To bake the skewers: Preheat the oven to 425 F. Place the marinated chicken skewers on a parchment-lined baking sheet or on a lightly oiled roasting rack in a baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and the internal temperature for the chicken reaches 165F.  Turn on the broil function on the oven on high and broil for 2-3 minutes until nicely charred on the edges.
    • To cook in the air fryer: Do not thread them and place about 10 cubed chicken pieces in the air fryer basket at a time. Cook at 350 F for 25 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. You won't get the charred grill marks but they taste amazing and so tender.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the peanut dipping sauce. In a medium mixing bowl, combine hoisin sauce, peanut butter, water, lime juice, and honey. Stir well with a spoon and and mix until sauce is smooth and uniform.
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, let it rest at room temperature for 5 minutes. Serve warm with peanut dipping sauce and garnish with green onions.


How to store: Keep leftover lemongrass chicken kabobs in an airtight container for up to four days in the refrigerator.

How to freeze: If you love to meal prep, you need to know that you can marinade, assemble, and freeze these kabobs, then grill them later from frozen. Follow steps one and two, then place your kabobs in a single layer on a clean baking sheet leaving space between each kabob. Cover the entire sheet with aluminum foil and freeze for 3-12 hours until solid. Then, you can transfer them to a Ziplock bag if you want. When ready to cook, allow the chicken to thaw overnight in the refrigerator or for a few hours at room temperature.

Don’t forget to scrub: When grilling, it’s important to use a grill cleaning brush to scrub off any old stuck-on food or char. Doing this ensures your kabobs won’t stick.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese