27 November 2022
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Looking for a quick and easy chicken recipe that gets even better the next day? I got you! Here is a flavorful and moist braised Vietnamese chicken recipe to enjoy with steamed rice.
The chicken is slowly braised in coconut juice so that it reduces to a thick and umami-packed sauce. Drizzle this amazing sauce over hot and steamy rice for a satisfying and delicious meal.
The best cut of chicken for this recipe is bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. However, bone-in chicken thighs are thick so they can take some time to marinate and cook. But there is something you can do to make the marinating time shorter if needed. Simply cut the meat from the bone on the underside of the chicken. Don’t cut off the meat. Simply cut it away from the bone where it’s the thickest.
This makes the chicken less thick and allows more surface area for the seasonings to cling to. You will still have to marinate for an hour, but you don’t have to marinate overnight and it will definitely be worth the wait.
Of course, you can make this recipe a lot quicker if using boneless chicken thighs. It won’t have the same great flavor as with bone-in chicken but it will do.
In Vietnam, fresh coconut juice is used. However, here in the States, many Vietnamese families use Coco Rico coconut soda. It’s easy to find in a typical Vietnamese market here in California. It’s cheap. it’s pantry-stable. And it tastes good.
If you can’t find Coco Rico coconut soda, use fresh coconut juice/water or any other bottled or canned coconut juice alternative. Recently, I’ve seen canned coconut juice made specifically for these classic braised Vietnamese dishes. When using other alternatives other than Coco Rico coconut soda, keep in mind that the sweetness level may vary. You may have to adjust to your taste.
Make a Large Batch
As I mentioned earlier, this chicken recipe gets better over time. Just like Vietnamese braised pork belly and eggs (Thịt Kho Tàu), the marinade seeps into chicken more so the flavor is intensified. For this reason, I’d recommend doubling the recipe for a tasty leftover.
This recipe is also great for meal packing and planning. Serve or pack it with steamed rice, sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, and you’re good to go. Recipe below! Happy cooking!
Yield 8Author Vicky PhamPrep time5 MinCook time40 MinInactive time1 HourTotal time1 H & 45 M
Vietnamese Braised Coconut Chicken (Gà Rim Nước Dừa)
Looking for a quick and easy chicken dish that gets even better the next day? I got you! Here is a flavorful and moist braised Vietnamese chicken recipe to enjoy with steamed rice. And don’t forget about that umami-packed sauce! Drizzle that baby over the steamed rice for a satisfying and simple meal.
- Marinate chicken with sugar, salt, chicken bouillon powder, and ground black pepper for one hour or overnight in the fridge for better results. For a shorter marinating time, cut the meat away from the bones on the underside so that the chicken is not so thick.
- In a large 12-inch skillet, heat vegetable oil on high. Pan fry chicken until you get a nice brown sear on the top and bottom (about 3 minutes per side on high heat). Fry in batches to prevent overcrowding that would steam the chicken instead. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.
- To the now empty skillet, add shallots and garlic. Pan-fry until fragrant (about 20 seconds). Add browned chicken (it should all fit in a 12-inch skillet now) and coconut soda. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until liquid has slightly reduced. Season to taste with fish sauce. Serve chicken and its sauce over steamed rice for a complete meal.
If using boneless chicken thighs, reduce simmering to 15 minutes instead.
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