Chicken skewers with kaffir lime leaves

I have a Kaffir lime tree, and always want more recipes for the leaves other than the standard curry.  But I hadn’t thought of using them like this, until I read through one of my old notes from a Spirit House class I went to a long time ago.
These are really good. If you try them, I’d love your feedback. If you have any other recipes using whole leaves – please share :)


  • 2 spring onions, peeled, finely chopped bulbs and stalks
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 600g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 25 Kaffir lime leaves (I was told you can use jarred if you have no fresh)
  • ¹⁄³ cup water
  • Extra 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp palm sugar
  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped
  • Steamed rice, to serve
  • Lemon wedges, to serve, (optional)


1 Put 12 bamboo skewers in a shallow dish, cover with cold water and leave to soak for at least 20 minutes or until needed. Put spring onions, lemongrass, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, oil, fish sauce, turmeric, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add chicken and stir until well combined. Cover and put in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.

2 Finely chop 1 lime leaf and put in a small heavy-based pan with water, extra fish sauce, sugar, chilli and remaining lemon juice. Stir over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.

3 Remove skewers from water. Thread chicken and remaining lime leaves alternately onto skewers. Heat a large chargrill pan or large heavy-based pan over a medium heat. Cook skewers, in batches, for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve with steamed rice, cooled sauce and lemon wedges, if desired.

6 thoughts on “Chicken skewers with kaffir lime leaves

  1. I have never heard of Kaffir lime leaves! Perhaps because we don’t live in a warm climate? I doubt I’d even be able to locate it in the store! It would have to be a special order…

  2. Yum will definitely be trying this recipe – I love kaffir lime leaves, the smell alone….yum! Hope it’s not too late to add a tree to my Christmas list :)

  3. I love to use Kaffir leaves, but around here they’re $5 for a dozen, so they’re reserved as a SpecialTreat. I wonder if it would be possible to grow a tree in a large pot (like orange trees)? This recipe looks delicious!

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