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Cilantro-Lemongrass Chicken

I grow Lemongrass in my garden, along with Cilantro, so when I ran across this recipe, it was a natural.

I haven't found many people who grow Lemongrass in their gardens, so I put some information about it at the bottom of this page. It's easy to grow and tastes great in recipes. 


1 can (13.5 oz. coconut milk. 

2 Tbs. dried lemongrass (fresh is even better)

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

1 shallot, peeled and chopped. (small onion will also do)

1/4 cup chopped fresh Cilantro

1 whole roaster chicken (approx. 5 lbs.)



Combine the first five ingredients listed above in a large bowl. Add chicken to bowl, turning to coat. While

remaining in the bowl, refrigerate the chicken for 4 hrs, turning in the marinade every 30 minutes. 


Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Place the chicken on a rack set in a 

roasting pan. I usually brush the chicken with a final coating of the marinade just before I place it on the rack. Cook for 30 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and cook for 1 hr., or until thermometer inserted in the thigh, not touching bone, reads 180 degrees. 


Great when served with any  number of wild rice recipes. 



This lemony flavored grass has a hot and spicy surprise waiting underground. The blanched white end of each stalk adds a sharp lemon tang to soups and stir fry's and is an essential ingredient in many Asian dishes. After a good size clump of Lemongrass has developed, pieces can be broken off at the base of the clump for cooking.  It's a tender plant and should be protected, or brought in where winters go below 10 degrees. And, while we don't cook with the coarse leaves, they do make great sun tea. One word of caution when working around Lemongrass plants, be sure to wear long sleeves. The blades are extremely sharp and can slice skin very easily.

If you don't use your Lemongrass fast enough, you will want to divide and replant when the plant gets two feet or so in diameter. Or better yet, share it with your friends! Makes a great door prize at any Herb Society Meeting.