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Rice Noodle Salad with Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Your new favorite summer dinner, Rice noodle salad with Vietnamese grilled lemongrass chicken and sweet and spicy pickled vegetables and fresh herbs.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 2 tsp grated ginger or about 1 inch of ginger
  • 1/2 jalapeno or Fresno chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 whole lime zested and juiced
  • 2-3 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup grape-seed or other neutral oil

Pickled Vegetables

  • ¼ c Rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ c Water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of carrots cut into matchsticks about 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cup radish cut into matchsticks about 2 radishes
  • ½ cucumber peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 jalapeno or Fresno sliced thin (optional, for added heat)

Lemongrass Chicken

  • 1 large stalk of lemongrass outer leaves removed and chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove roughly chopped
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 tbsp. grape seed or other neutral oil
  • 2-3 skinless boneless chicken thighs

Salad:

  • 1 package of cooked rice noodles
  • Spring salad greens or favorite salad mix
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  • First make the vinaigrette by whisking all the ingredients in a bowl or shaking in a mason jar. Taste for seasoning and set aside.
  • Make the pickled vegetables by whisking together the rice vinegar, sugar, water and salt and add vegetables to mixture. Toss to coat and set aside.
  • For the lemongrass chicken, add chopped lemongrass, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, sriracha and oil to a small food processor and blend until smooth. There may be a few larger pieces but that's OK as it all cooks off.
  • Add the marinade to the chicken thighs and toss to coat.
  • While chicken is marinating, preheat indoor or outdoor grill on high heat and cook chicken for about 4-5 minutes per side and until you have good grill marks.
  • Slice chicken into 1/2 inch slices and arrange on a platter with salad greens, cooked rice noodles, pickled vegetables, tomatoes, boiled egg and fresh herbs and drizzle vinaigrette all over.