Say it with us: “An!” It means “eat” in Vietnamese. Follow Helene An, executive chef at Beverly Hills hot spot House of An, as she recounts the family history that brought her to culinary fame in Los Angeles and shares the recipes she and her daughter cook for their never-ending line of hungry fans.

In our large family — five kids, 11 grandchildren and counting! — this is a dish that always goes over well with everyone. The younger ones love the fragrant and moist chicken, while my mother loves that she can do most of the preparation the night before and then just relax and play with her grandchildren when they visit for a meal. This is an easy and delicious introduction to my mother’s favorite flavors: basil and thyme, Vietnamese parilla (tía tô), lemongrass, and fish sauce. At our home we eat this with rice, spooning the pan juice over top, with a side of sliced tomatoes and butter lettuce with Helene’s Lemon-Sugar Dressing.

Reprinted with permission from An