Crispy air-fried lemongrass chicken served with marinated tomatoes. Aromatic Asian inspired lemongrass chicken breasts are air-fried until golden and crispy served over parmesan herbed rice and marinated cherry tomatoes. This dish is simple, quick and light and fresh for a summer inspired meal. Ready in just about 25 minutes, it makes for the perfect weeknight meal.
This lemongrass chicken is everything. It’s juicy, perfumed with fresh citrusy lemongrass flavors, earthy turmeric notes and ginger combined all together in a quick marinade. Once the chicken is finished marinating, this dish can be ready in 25 minutes. Honestly, it makes for an amazing meal when your in a rush or don’t want to overthink dinner. Cooking the chicken in the air-fryer keeps things quick and mess free, plus the chicken comes out super moist but with a little bit of a crispy exterior layer.
To keep this simple and easy, we opted for some store bought lemongrass paste which we added a few extra touches for a tasty marinade. The lemongrass adds a sweet lemony taste while balanced with ginger, garlic, cumin and turmeric giving the chicken a yellowish tint. We love adding these spices because they provide your body with some added healthy properties such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and digestive goodness. Even though it’s not large quantities, you will still feel the benefits after eating and potentially the next day too.
The first thing you’ll want to do is prep the chicken. We used breasts but if you wanted to use cutlets, skin-on or even drums they would all turn out the same. Because we’re using breasts, we wanted to pound the chicken down into the same thickness. This is an extremely important step and should always be taken when preparing chicken. When each piece of chicken is different, which is often the case, they will cook at an uneven rate. Of course checking the internal temperature is very helpful but we don’t often think about it. Pounding the meat also tenderizes the chicken so that it cooks more tender.
This makes for such a light easy side to accompany the chicken. It’s perfect because it takes the same amount of time to cook as the chicken and we added a few finishing touches to give the rice a pop of cheesy goodness and fresh flavor. Once the rice is done and all the liquid has been absorbed, you’ll want to stir in the parmesan cheese and herbs right away so that the cheese melts a bit and coats the rice perfectly.
The marinated tomatoes add so much more to this dish. It’s almost like making a bruschetta mix, cherry tomatoes halved and tossed with more grated parmesan, fresh chopped basil and oregano, garlic, salt and pepper and some olive oil. The tomatoes elevate this dish from just chicken and rice to something that feels more well prepared, though out, and even restaurant quality.
If you don’t have an air-fryer, well you should buy one! HAHA! Seriously they are a great tool to have in the chicken. Pretty much anything can be done in there. But if you don’t have them, you can pan-fry the chicken in a large skillet with a few tablespoons of oil flipping only once when the under side has turned golden.
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