Monday, December 19, 2011

Lemongrass Infused Roasted Chicken

I love the aroma of lemongrass and have been experimenting a few dishes using it. This dish got to be one the favourites. My husband love it.

It's similar to (Singapore) Roast Chicken (which I'm updating a revised recipe to be posted soon),  except I did change some seasoning and bake it instead of oil fry it. There's some amount of work required making this but it's worth it.

I was a bit upset when I was making this dish as my new neighbor came visiting unexpectedly, during the last 10 minutes of my cooking. I turned off my oven but I didn't remove the chicken. The skin of the chicken become over browned and wasn't as nice looking as I want it to be. It tasted great nonetheless.

I will be making this again very soon! And I shall try to prefect it then. :)

  • 1 Chicken, cleaned and pat dry (I'm using a 1kg chicken)
  • 4 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 12 talks Lemongrass, crushed
  • Oil enough to cover the lemongrass
  • A dash of Pepper
  • 2 Calamansi

How to do it:
  1. Rub chicken outside and in the cavity with oyster sauce and pepper.
  2. Leave it in the fridge uncovered for half an hour, to marinate and dry.
  3. Place lemongrass on oven-proof dish and have enough oil to just cover it.
  4. Place the chicken on top and cover.
  5. Roast chicken in preheat oven at 190C for 1 hour.
  6. Baste the chicken with the lemongrass oil every 15 minutes.
  7. After half an hour, turn the chicken around.
  8. Continue to baste the chicken with lemongrass oil every 15 minutes.
  9. During the last 10 minutes of roasting, remove cover.
  10. Increase the temp to 220C, baste the chicken with lemongrass oil.
  11. Roast the chicken for 10 minutes.
  12. Turn the chicken over, baste with lemongrass oil and continue to roast for 10 minutes.
  13. Remove chicken and place in a dish.
  14. Drizzle chicken with juice of 2 Calamansi and serve .

Check if chicken is cooked by piercing a toothpick in the thigh. If the liquid that comes through is clear, the chicken is done.

A bouquet of unwanted part of lemongrass in a vase
to brighten my kitchen for a day. :P


  1. "A bouquet of unwanted part of lemongrass in a vase to brighten my kitchen for a day. :P "-----> trust you to think of that!! never saw lemongrass from that angle before.

  2. I love the very nice and unique aroma of lemongrass too! I even used it with ginger to boil water to bathe during both my confinements after giving birth (I don't like the smell of those herbal baths)! ;)
    This is going to be my next recipe to roast a chicken! ;)
    Love your bouquet of lemongrass flowers, very beautiful!

  3. YL, LOL they are quite pretty actually. ;)

  4. Lyn, yes, I find the aroma very soothing too. Hope you will like it as much as we do.
    Thank you, it's a good way to recycle before we throw them away. ;)