Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken

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Learn how to cook Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken (Pressure Cooker Lemongrass Chicken)! Your family will enjoy these super flavorful Vietnamese lemongrass chicken thighs packed with complex sweet-savory-umami-lemony flavors & refreshing aroma. Tasty yet super easy chicken recipe for busy days!

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What is Lemongrass Chicken?

Lemongrass chicken is one of my favorite dishes to order in Vietnamese restaurants! 

The irresistible Grilled Lemongrass Chicken is usually served with rice or in a vermicelli bowl.

Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli Bowl (Bun Ga Nuong) is a refreshing bowl of noodle chicken salad, served with pickled carrots, bean sprouts, cabbage, fresh herbs, lime wedges, and the spicy-salty-sweet-sour-umami Vietnamese dipping sauce Nuoc Cham (Nước chấm)!

You’ll love how the unique scent & flavors of lemongrass brings out the deliciously complex sweet-savory-umami-lemony flavors & bright refreshing aroma. mmMMmmm…sooo good!!

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What is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass is a speicies of perennial grass with the lower stalk widely used in Asian cuisines for flavoring. It’s mostly used in Thai & Vietnamese cuisines for making dishes like Tom Yum Goong, Beef Rendang, and Laksa…some of my all-time favorites!!

Besides flavoring food, lemongrass is also commonly used for producing citronella oil for soaps, insect repellent, candles, and aromatherapy.

I just love the unique refreshing scent & flavor of lemongrass – it somewhat resembles a lemon’s scent. It releases a clean, bright, mild, refreshing, plesant, complex citrusy flavor & aroma.

How to Buy Lemongrass?

When buying lemongrass, look for fresh lemongrass for best flavors.

  • Texture: Firm stalks (not soft, whimpy, rubbery, dried out)
  • Color: Lower stalk – pale yellow; Upper stalk – bright green (not brown)

*Note: If your local grocery doesn’t sell lemongrass, try to find them from an Asian grocery store.

How to Store Lemongrass?

  • You can store lemongrass in the fridge – make sure it’s tighly wrapped.
  • Lemongrass freezes well, but some aroma & flavors may be lost over time.
  • You can place your dried lemongrass into a pot of rich, moist soil for it to grow new blades.
  • When fully dried out, you can cut the lemongrass into smaller pieces or ground them into powdered lemongrass. Store dried lemongrass in airtight containers in dark cool places.

Time to cook Flavorful Juicy Lemongrass Chicken in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken

Learn how to cook Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken (Pressure Cooker Lemongrass Chicken)! Your family will enjoy these super flavorful Vietnamese lemongrass chicken thighs packed with complex sweet-savory-umami-lemony flavors & aroma. Tasty yet super easy chicken recipe!
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Marinate: 1 hour
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 462
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 5 - 6 (1106g) bone-in chicken thighs
  • 3 stalks (55g) lemongrass , white part thinly sliced
  • 6 (23g) garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 (23g) shallot , thinly sliced
  • 3 pieces (6g) ginger , thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) regular soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) lime juice from 1 fresh lime
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water
  • 2.5 tablespoons (32g) brown sugar

Garnish:

  • Green onions , thinly sliced

Thickener

  • 1.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) cold water

Instructions

  • Marinate Chicken Thighs: Place 6 chopped garlic cloves, thinly sliced shallot, thinly sliced ginger, thinly sliced lemongrass, and 2.5 tbsp (32g) brown sugar in Instant Pot. Add in 2 tbsp (30ml) lime juice, 3 tbsp (45ml) fish sauce, 3 tbsp (45ml) regular soy sauce, and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water, then mix well. Add in 5 - 6 bone-in chicken thighs (with skin side down). Place Instant Pot’s Inner Pot in the fridge, then let it marinate for at least 1 to 3 hours.
  • Pressure Cook Lemongrass Chicken: After marinating the chicken in Instant Pot, flip the chicken so the skin side is facing up.
    Close the lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 7 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. After 10 minutes of Natural Release, release remaining pressure, and open the lid.
  • Thicken & Season: Set aside the chicken thighs. Then, bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the "Saute" button. Taste and season the lemongrass mixture if necessary (it should be salty enough).
    *Pro Tip: If you want a sweeter lemongrass sauce, add in more brown sugar.
    Mix 1.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 2 tbsp (30ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the lemongrass sauce until desired thickness.
    *Note: The Lemongrass Chicken is fully cooked at this point.
  • Optional Flavor-Boosting Step - Broil Chicken in Oven: In an oven tray, generously coat the chicken with the tasty lemongrass sauce. Place oven tray under the broiler for 5 – 7 minutes until the chicken skin is browned.
  • Serve Lemongrass Chicken: Garnish Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken with thinly sliced green onions, then serve. Enjoy!~ 🙂
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Recipe Notes:

Fish Sauce: The quality of your Fish Sauce makes a huge difference to the final dish. High quality Fish Sauce doesn’t taste fishy at all, yet they're extremely umami-filled. From our blind taste-test, our personal favorite is Red Boat 40N Fish Sauce.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 230mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 500mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Asian, vietnamese
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken Guide

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Here are the ingredients for cooking Lemongrass Chicken in Instant Pot:

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*Note: Lemongrass chicken is usually made with boneless chicken thighs, but we are using bone-in chicken thighs here.

First prepare the lemongrass by cutting off the base and the green spiky tops, then peel off the tough outer layers (3 – 4 layers) [as shown in photo below].

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Bruise the lemongrass stalk to release the flavors by lightly crushing the lemongrass with the side or the back of your knife. Then thinly slice the lemongrass.

1

Marinate Chicken Thighs


Place 6 chopped garlic cloves, thinly sliced shallot, 6g thinly sliced ginger, 3 thinly sliced lemongrass, and 2.5 tbsp (32g) brown sugar in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

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Add in 2 tbsp (30ml) lime juice, 3 tbsp (45ml) fish sauce, 3 tbsp (45ml) regular soy sauce, and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water, then mix well.

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Add 5 – 6 bone-in chicken thighs (with the skin side down) in the Instant Pot.

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Place the inner pot in the fridge and let it marinate for at least 1 hour to up to 3 hours. 

2

Pressure Cook Lemongrass Chicken


After marinating the chicken thighs in Instant Pot, flip the chicken so the skin side is facing up.

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Close the lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 7 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release

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After 10 minutes of Natural Release, carefully turn Venting Knob to the Venting position to release the remaining pressure.

Once the floating valve drops, remove the lid.

3

Thicken & Season


Set aside the pressure cooker lemongrass chicken thighs.

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Then, bring the liquid mixture back to a boil using the “Saute” button.

Taste and season the lemongrass mixture if necessary (it should be salty enough).

*Pro Tip: If you want a sweeter lemongrass sauce, add in more brown sugar.

Mix 1.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 2 tbsp (30ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl.

Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the lemongrass sauce until desired thickness.

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*Note: The Pressure Cooker Lemongrass Chicken Thighs are fully cooked at this point.

4

Optional Flavor-Booster – Broil Chicken in Oven


*Pro Tip: You can make the Instapot Lemongrass Chicken way more yummy with slightly crisped skin by broiling them in the oven.

In an oven tray, generously coat the chicken with the yumyum lemongrass sauce. 😀

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Place oven tray under the broiler for 5 – 7 minutes until the chicken skin is browned.

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5

Serve Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken


Garnish Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken with thinly sliced green onions, then you’re ready to serve 🙂

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Enjoy your flavor-packed juicy Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken!~ 🙂

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  1. We really enjoyed this but found it very hard to find fresh lemongrass. I had to use paste. I am wondering if we use half chicken breasts, ( as some of our family will not eat thighs), and half thighs if we will need to make any adjustments in the ingredients.

  2. Made this tonight and it was delicious. Will definitely make again. Didn’t have time to marinate and still wonderful. Placed chicken in glass pie pan then in 425 oven to brown. Strained the thickened sauce then poured over the top of the chicken thighs. Substituted garlic powder due to an allergy. Served with home made pad Thai. Thank you!!!

  3. Hi guys, another great recipe! It says to marinate up to 3 hours, can it be longer like overnight, or even vacuum seal the marinated chicken for months? I’ve seen other recipes where they suggest not to marinate the meat for longer than 24 hours if there are acidic ingredients so just thought I’d ask.
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi KC,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You will want to remove the lime juice from the marinade and it will work fine.

      Just add the lime juice prior to pressure cooking.

      Please take care
      Jacky

  4. Hi! I would like to try this reçipe but I was wondering if I can use lemongrass essential oil instead? Just not sure how much?? I have used it in soups and it’s delicious (1 drop).

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jamie,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      We haven’t tried using lemongrass essential oil as a substitute for lemongrass 🙁

      Please take care
      Jacky

  5. Just a question- since the chicken is fully cooked when removing from the IP- won’t it dry out adding 6-7 minutes under broiler?

    1. Hi Karla,

      So happy to hear from you 🙂 Hope you are doing well.

      No as the chicken were set aside to cool off a bit (while the sauce is thickening) before placing in the broiler.

      The skin and the sauce will also act as a protective shield so it will be fine 🙂

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. Hi Amy,

    Just made this for dinner tonight. I didn’t have time to broil it, but it still tastes great. My family really enjoyed this one so thank you!

  7. I plan to cook this this evening, however, my husband does not like dark meat, can I use chicken breasts? And what time would you recommend for the chicken breasts? I think I will try 1/2 breasts and 1/2 boneless thighs. Thoughts$

  8. Beyond amazing! And easy. Flavors are incredible.Now the proud owner of my first bottle of fish sauce. 🙂 I’m new to IP, so appreciate this resource and all your tips!

    1. Thanks Kathy! Yay to both a delicious Lemongrass Chicken meal & first (of many) fish sauce meals!! hehe~ 😉
      And huge welcome to the Instant Pot world! I’m sure there will be lots more tasty meals to come. Have fun!
      Take care,
      Amy

  9. I just wanted to add that freezing lemongrass as you suggested works pretty well. I chopped the white part off the stalks and pureed it in the food processor. My grocery store actually had put it on special(and then never carried it again. I processed a few bunches and then froze it in an ice cube tray. Later I put the cubes in a plastic bag in the freezer. I usually use a whole cube for 1 stalk. I agree that you may lose some flavor, so I use a bit more. Fresh is best of course, but this is far better than the lemongrass powder I used to have. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Your recipes are always tasty!

  10. It pains me greatly to report this was terrible! It stunk up almost my entire house. It smelled so funky, my husband refused to eat it and we ordered DoorDash! Too much fish sauce, surely. I hope I have a better experience with your Tuscan chicken, which is my plan for tonight.

    1. Hi Deborah,

      Oh no 🙁 May I know which brand of fish sauce did you use? As quality can varies greatly from one brand to another.

      Please take care & have a great week
      Jacky

    1. Hi Amber,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You will want to reduce one minute for the boneless skinless thighs.

      Chicken drumsticks will take 1 more minute.

      Please take care
      Jacky

  11. This recipe was delicious and your directions are so helpful! I do not usually eat chicken thighs but my local grocer had a special so gave it a try. It reminded me of the chargrilled chicken I have had on pho. I made the recipe with thickened sauce and broiled 6 minutes in the oven to finish. Fabulous flavor!

  12. You left out the cornstarch in the ingredient list. We are making this tonight. Thanks you for all the good tips and good food.

    1. Ahh!! Thank you so much for the heads up and kind words Joy & Dan 🙂

      We just added the cornstarch to the ingredient list.

      Have a wonderful week
      Jacky

  13. Love this fish and can’t wait to cook it at home!! Thank you!! My husband is allergic to fish. So I can’t use fish sauce. Should I replace it with something else or just leave it out? Thank you!!

    1. Hi Annie,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      You can substitute it with soy sauce. Please taste and adjust accordingly

      Please take care
      Jacky

    2. In Australia you can buy a Vegan fish sauce, I had to use it one day for a party – and then the other night when I didn’t have any of the normal one – the family didn’t even notice!

    1. Hi Aye,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Chicken drumsticks will take 1 more minute and boneless chicken thighs will take 1 less minute.

      Please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Tom,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It will be fine. You will probably want to increase the liquid ingredients by 25% only.

      The cooking time can be reduce by 1 minute.

      Please take care
      Jacky

  14. Sounds wonderful but I prefer cooking the thighs boneless and without skin, therefore should I cut down on the cooking time?

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