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Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Leg with Coconut Rice

Dear Santa

I need your help urgently. Tomorrow ,I'm plan to cook a Christmas 's eve dinner for my family.I'm scratching my head now,what should I cook for our Christmas's eve dinner? .Or should I take a day off cooking to shop till I drop or savvy myself in the kitchen ?

from your dearest :



While waiting for Santa reply,let's me present you my grilled Lemongrass Chicken Leg with Coconut Rice.

I still have plenty of lemongrass spices in freezer which I prepared during this summer.Usually I store my blended lemongrass spices in freezer for rainy day.Chicken whole leg was on sale last week, I bought a family pack chicken whole leg at $0.58 a pound .I decided to marinate the whole leg with blended lemongrass spices and serve with coconut rice for dinner.Sort of satay (grilled chicken on stick) but without spices.Actually this meal is quite simple and easy to cook especially I have the ready blended lemongrass spices in fridge.All I need is an oven to broil the whole leg.


4 chicken whole legs (clean and fat removed)

4 tbsp Lemongrass spices

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp salt

4 tbsp coconut milk for brushing

For Coconut Rice

2 cup Jasmine rice

1 tsp salt

3-4 screw pine leaves (pandan)

1 can coconut milk (400 ml),plus extra if you want a softer version rice


1: Clean and wash chicken whole leg, cut or slide inner drumstick,set aside.Mix lemongrass spices with sugar and salt,then rub lemongrass spices mixture all over and cover the chicken for overnight or 5 hours in Ziploc bag.

2: Preheat oven at 375 F. Prepare a baking tray with rack over aluminum foil with some water,arrange whole chicken leg over aluminium and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked and tender.Brush some coconut milk on all the chicken leg,let it broil for another 5 -10 minutes before from the oven.

3: Meantime,wash jasmine rice for few wash before add in coconut milk and salt in rice cooker.

4: Use a chopstick or bamboo stick to pierce the meat all the way through to test the meat.Serve warm with coconut rice.


I didn't add in chili or pepper into this chicken coz afraid my daughter can't eat it.If you like spicy,add some spicy pepper with the mixture for marination. Or you can use spicy chili sauce on the side.


I would like to wish all my readers,family and friends a Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas!! May all your wishes comes true!! Ho Ho Ho!

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Anonymous said...
December 24, 2008 at 7:25 AM

Nothing is satifying when you see your family enjoy the food you cook. You can delay your shopping till later. Sales will stay until new year's eve. How about preparing food that everyone in your family will enjoy. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...
December 24, 2008 at 7:27 AM

Hello there. =) I clicked your blog through serious eater!Proud there's a Malaysian introducing nyonya food pictures. Keep it on!^^

Anonymous said...
December 24, 2008 at 11:21 AM

I guess your family will have a very sumptious Christmas eve's dinner as you are such a talented cook! Wishing you and your family a great Christmas and brighter year! ;)

Anonymous said...
December 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Salivating big time, looks so delicious!

Also, wishing you & family a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...
December 24, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Have a Delicious Christmas!

Anonymous said...
December 24, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Yum. It looks so crispy and delicious. And I love coconut rice!

Anonymous said...
December 24, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Lesley, i too grill some drumstick last night for dinner but yours look so much better. I am sure yours taste so much better too especially with your homemade sambal belachan :)

Anonymous said...
December 25, 2008 at 12:32 AM

That looks good I love chicken.If you want more recipes or if you want to take a look at the collection of tips I have for grilling you can visit

Anonymous said...
December 25, 2008 at 3:46 AM

I take your advice to make dinner for family instead of shopping!! but I'm going to shop the day after Christmas.

Thank you for dropping by:)) Hope to see you again here.Happy Holiday to you too!!

Food4 tot:
Thank you for your confidence:).Meery Christmas to you and family too:P

Thank you:0.Merry Xmas and Happy holiday to you too!!

Thank you.Merry X-Mas to you too:))

Thank you.Merry Xmas to you!!

Gert,this lemongrass don't have smabal belacan,hyst have everything omit belacan and pepper.Not spicy at all!!But I'm sure your grill chicken taste good!

Thank you for dropping by:).Thanks for the tips.I will visit you soon:)

Anonymous said...
December 25, 2008 at 1:44 PM

wow! the chicken looks so yummy! I need to try your lemongrass spice recipe. and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Anonymous said...
December 25, 2008 at 8:07 PM

hope u had a great christmas feast. happy holidays! :D

Anonymous said...
January 1, 2009 at 9:39 AM

That lemongrass chicken sounds tasty!

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About the Author:

Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.