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Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken from JBF Award–Nominated "A Bird in the Hand" Cookbook

Hilary Deutsch

April 05, 2016

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Cookbook queen Diana Henry has created a legion of loyal readers with her series of reliable, accessible titles that transform the home kitchen into a vehicle for global exploration. With her ninth and most recent venture, A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood, Henry conquers the versatile protein with recipes that are seen on the dinner table in Vietnam, the U.K., Greece, and all around the globe. Nominated for our 2016 JBF Award for Best Cookbook: Single Subject, this ode to chicken demonstrates how and why the familiar fowl is enjoyed as a comfort food and eaten during celebrations across nations. With this easy-to-follow recipe for a quick chicken stir-fry, it's easy to see why Henry has such a dedicated following. Fragrant lemongrass is paired with red chiles, garlic, fish sauce, and lime for a dish that captures the perfect balance of salty, sweet, hot, and sour.

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Hilary Deutsch is editorial assistant at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Instagram.