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Video: How to Make Caramel Chicken

Try Chef John’s version of a wildly popular Vietnamese dish.

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In this video, Chef John shows you how to make a delicious, Vietnamese-inspired caramel chicken recipe that’s based on the famous chicken dish served at a popular San Francisco restaurant. You’ll learn why chicken thighs are your best bet for this one. Then you’ll see how to caramelize the brown sugar-based sauce, cooking it down to a syrup that adheres beautifully and deliciously to the chicken pieces. Serve this delicious mahogany-colored chicken over white rice garnished with cilantro, sliced jalapenos, green onions, and roasted peanuts. And in a Chef John BONUS moment, you’ll learn why he recommends eating it while listening to the Rolling Stones. Get the recipe for Chef John's Caramel Chicken.

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Jun. 21, 2012 2:47 pm
What a great recipe this is and the video really helps to visualize the deep rich color that is should be. Thanks!
Apr. 25, 2012 5:29 am
There is a link at the bottom of the end of the paragraph for the recipe (Where it says Caramel Chicken in blue). This takes you to his foodwishes page which has the recipe below.
Apr. 11, 2012 8:25 am
looks like the same measuring cup he used before.... 1/3 cup. I use the pause (=) button to write down each step and then restart using the right arrow (>) since I couldn't find the recipe either.
Jan. 31, 2012 1:12 pm
oops it is the caramel chicken my bad lol
Jan. 31, 2012 1:09 pm
I would like to make this but from scratch as i am allergic to sugar/mushrooms any help would love to receive it i would use honey instead
Jan. 10, 2012 10:15 am
Yes, love these videos but how do you find a printed version so you can keep it? This is frustrating to me! The video goes so quickly and trying to write down as you watch is very difficult. Please make these so you can print them. Thank you!
Dec. 10, 2011 1:56 pm
I can never find the recipes for these videos. What am I doing wrong?
Nov. 19, 2011 11:56 am
Hi I found the recipe on
2.5 pounds chicken thighs (boneless, skinless, about 8-10 thighs) 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup water 1/3 cup fish sauce 1/3 cup rice vinegar 1 tsp soy sauce 1 tbl grated fresh ginger 4 cloves garlic 2 jalapeno peppers 1 bunch green onions 1/2 cup roasted peanuts fresh cilantro to garnish
Nov. 13, 2011 4:32 pm
He used 1/3 cup of fish sauce. Same measuring cup he used for the rice vinegar.
Nov. 11, 2011 6:57 pm
Diddo on the printable recipe... Thanks for the video.
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