Simple Vietnamese Grilled Chicken – Paleo

It's only fair to share...Share on YummlyTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on FacebookEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest
Easy Vietnamese Grilled Chicken - The Most Amazing Chicken You Will Ever Taste!

This is one of those really deceiving recipes.

Kind of like the item of clothing you see in the store and swear it will look awful on you: but try it on, and voila! A perfect fit.  A match made in heaven.

How can so few ingredients yield anything special?  Trust me on this one, this IS a special dish.  It is easy to throw together, and creates a pretty fabulous dinner!

Andrea Nguyen  hit a home-run again with this recipe.  Don’t be deceived by the simple ingredients, it is really delicious and the dipping sauce is a must!  I could eat this every week, no problem!  My kids gobble it up too.

If you are not accustomed to fish sauce, or think you will hate, try again!  Fish sauce is the salt in many Asian cuisines.  I am a very finicky fish eater…any sort of fish taste and I head for the hills, really.  Even as far as my taste buds have come from my picky beginnings.  Fish sauce even smells funkilicious, but once in your food and cooked, it makes dishes truly sing.  If you have ever eaten Thai or Vietnamese food, you can bet you have had fish sauce.


The Deceiving Dipping Sauce...A Must!

The Deceiving Dipping Sauce…A Must!

Simple Vietnamese Grilled Chicken
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, or if you prefer, with skin (lean cuts of meat will not work overly well with this dish)
  • Marinade:
  • ¼ teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons light olive oil
  • Dipping Sauce : (adjust to personal preferences, this is enough for 1-2 people):
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 serrano chile, sliced (w/ the seeds will be more spicy, without less so)
  1. Mix all marinade ingredients together.
  2. Add in chicken and marinate for at least 3 hours, I usually put it together in the morning or at lunchtime.
  3. Preheat grill to hot.
  4. Add chicken to quickly sear for a couple of minutes, then flip to do the same to the other side.
  5. Turn down temp to med-low, close your lid, and let cook gently until done (Meat will register 165 degrees)
  6. Remove from grill, tent with some foil, and let the meat rest a couple of minutes.
  7. Slice and serve with sticky rice and dipping sauce!

Quick & Easy Vietnamese Grilled Chicken- Paleo-5497

This post was shared on  Natural Living MondayMostly Homemade Monday Fat Tuesday,Tuesday Talent Show, Totally Talented TuesdaysTasty Tuesdays Hearth & SoulGluten Free WednesdaysWaste Not Want NotWildcrafting WednesdayReal Food Wednesday, Fresh Foods Wednesday Wellness Wednesdays,  Full Plate Thursday,  Simple Lives Thursday,  Pennywise PlatterGF Friday,  Real Foods FridayFight Back FridaySimple Meals FridaySavouring Saturday,

It's only fair to share...Share on YummlyTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on FacebookEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

Posted in Main Dish Tagged with: , ,
23 comments on “Simple Vietnamese Grilled Chicken – Paleo
  1. klmoreno says:

    will i still taste the serrano if I seed it? how hot are they?

  2. Tessa says:

    yes you will…but as with all peppers, some can be fiery, others more mellow, even if they are the same variety. I've never had a problem with the seeds myself, but I do like spicy things! And you don;t have to eat the peppers/seeds if it is too much for you.

  3. klmoreno says:

    I made this dish with chicken breasts b/c it's what I had in the freezer AND wouldn't recommend it. I think the thighs would offer more flavor…fyi!

  4. Tessa says:

    not surprised…..I'd thought about it, but chicken breasts do not lend themselves to charring, they dry out too quickly! Thanks for letting everyone know for sure! As with any recipe that has very few simple ingredients, each ingredient pays an even larger roll in the finished product.

  5. Yum! I pinned this one for this summer.

  6. I CANNOT WAIT to try this!!! Pinning!! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Tessa, I have purposefully stayed away from chicken for awhile, just because it seemed like that was all we were eating. This recipe has encouraged me to stop and pick up a pack of thighs and prepare this for dinner one night. Our daughter is not fond of ‘hot’ or ‘spicy’ foods, so I will probably have to cut back in that area. Thanks for sharing this week!

  8. you are a diva indeed! thanks for linking with KiK

  9. Miz Helen says:

    This chicken would be delicious, Tessa. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Michelle says:

    Mmmm…I love this recipe! My husband is Vietnamese so we eat a lot of the traditional foods here. I like how you educate everyone about fish sauce…it really does make the food “sing.” Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. Diane Balch says:

    I cook a lot with fish sauce and anchovy paste it really heightens flavor. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday and I will pin it too.

  12. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  13. This flavor combo looks really good. Thanks for sharing with GAPS Friendly Fridays! A reminder for GAPSters: Choose the honey, not the sugar!

  14. I love the simplicity of this Tessa. Beautiful flavors are allowed to shine through. You’re right that fish sauce smells really funky but it imparts such great flavor.

  15. Carole says:

    This is a very nice chicken dish. Would you be happy to link it in to my Chicken Edition of Food on Friday? This is the link . I found you via Melt in Your Mouth Monday.

  16. buttoni says:

    This looks MARVELOUS! Think I’ll do it with drumsticks and and thighs. Thanks so much.

  17. Lori says:

    How can I make this recipe on the stove or in the oven? I don’t have a grill. Thanks!

  18. Linda Warren says:

    First time seeing your blog and love the way you focus on healthy eating and dietary restrictions.
    Love all types of Asian cuisine and, as my daughter-in-law is part Vietnamese, next time she visits I will surprise her with this meal. It really looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday.

  19. What an interesting and delicious looking recipe! I’ve pinned for later so that I can try it. I’ve never used fish sauce. Where do you find it? Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays!

  20. Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays! I hope you join us again next week :)

    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple

  21. Betsey says:

    Delicious! My husband and I have made it several times and love it. Our grill is broken this week, so going to try in our grill tray in the oven tonight.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Rate this recipe:  
CommentLuv badge

Welcome, I am happy you are here!

My name is Tessa, and I have learned to cook without almost all major allergens! I have a focus on making family foods as healthy as possible. Real food is my obsession. Gluten free, casein free, vegan, Paleo, sugar free: I have a little of something for anyone with restrictions., Take a peek, you're sure to find something delicious, and if you need any help, I am always willing to help you tweak things to YOUR tastes and dietary needs!

Looking for Something?

The search bar we bloggers are given is maddeningly useless...the best way is to do a simple Google search with any key words and my name (tessa domestic)!
Social Media Facebook Email Twitter Stumble Upon Pinterest Velvet Aroma

Receive All New Posts Via Email!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Keep Up With Me on Facebook!



Stalkerville My Gallery Badge

All Gluten-Free Desserts...All the Time
Food Frenzy Digest