Friday, September 27, 2013

Caramelized Chicken Ga Kho

The last of the frozen thighs were thawed and needed to find something that I could make with what I have left in the house.


2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs -skinless, you can debone them, I didn't.

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup fish sauce

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/3 cup water

4 cloves garlic - crushed

2 tablespoons chopped ginger

2 shallots minced( used green onions)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil


2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar


1. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of the fish sauce and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar and mix well.  Place the chicken in a air tight container and add the fish sauce and brown sugar marinade and let it sit for 1/2 an hour.

2- In a medium bowl make the sauce- mix the brown sugar,water,rice vinegar and the fish sauce and mix until dissolved. Add the ginger, onion and garlic and set aside.

3- Heat the oil to a large pan and place the flat surface of the thigh facing down. Don't touch for a minute and allow to sear. Pour in 1/4 of the sauce.

4- The chicken will caramelize, don't move it around and let it sear.

5- The sauce will start to thicken and the chicken will brown after a few minutes.

Garnish with roasted sesame seeds and green onion tops cut into bite size

adapted slightly from Food


  1. Anything that is cooked with brown sugar is a hit with me. This sounds so good. The picture is making me drool. I guess you could make this with chicken breasts also.....Yummy.....not so sure about the fish sauce tho...Have a great Friday to all.

    1. Hiya Myra-nice to see I'm not the only one unsure about fish sauce! :)

  2. OOOOoooooo look at the pretty color on that chicken......MMMMMMmmmm.

    You're gonna think I'm nuts........I have fish sauce here and am afraid to use the dang stuff. Bob keeps after me to TRY IT.........I did the same with oyster sauce, tried that in a dish and loved it.......guess I need to pull up my big girl pants and give it a go. the key is to open the bottle and NOT take a whiff of it, right? ;) That's the mistake I made last time I had a bottle of it......Ohhhhhhhh Lordy...........

    This looks like a good recipe to start with.

    Thanks Linda! :)


  3. Hi Carol.......big girl pants LOL !!! I don't think I could stand the smell. I am soo soo fussy about what I eat. I have to know exactly what it is I am eating, or I don't eat it. Call me Picky...

  4. I love these "pantry" style recipes. And know what? I have everything... except the chicken. Know why? Because I used my chicken to make your High Springs chicken earlier tonight. Thumbs up all around and will make again!

  5. OMG, you two are funny. You don't have to use that much fish sauce, cut it in half. I almost never use the whole amount in a recipe. It compliments the flavor and adds another dimension to it. Thanks for the great photo's Linda, i'm getting hungry and I had dinner already! LOVE the your photographs. copied this off to try.