Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Grilled Chicken & Peanut Sauce

I love these kinds off noddle salads. I often order it when I go out for Vietnamese but it so easy to make at home. This time I served it with grilled chicken, but you can also use tofu. Or keep the salad plain for a quick lunch. It’s great to take to work too. This dish comes together pretty quickly. I buy my carrot already shredded to save time.

This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

300gr of rice vermicelli noodles

For the salad dressing:

1 bird’s eye chili, minced

½ cup of fish sauce

½ cup of white vinegar

4 tablespoons of granulated sugar

Pinch of garlic powder

For the chicken:

400grs of deboned chicken legs (excess fat trimmed off)

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

Pinch of lemongrass powder

Wooden skewers

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

For the peanut sauce:

1 ½ teaspoons of lemongrass powder

1 cup of coconut milk

1 cup of peanut butter

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

juice of half a lime

pinch of garlic powder

1 bird’s eye chili, chopped

Toppings:

Fried onions (I used store-bought)

1 cup of unsalted peanuts, chopped and toasted

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

100grs of bean sprouts

1 cup of shredded carrots

Coriander, chopped

Lime wedges for serving

 

To make the salad dressing: place the chili, vinegar, fish sauce, garlic powder and sugar in a medium pot over medium-low heat. Stir for a couple of minutes till the sugar has dissolved. Then transfer it to a bowl to cool down.

To make the peanut sauce: just blend all of the ingredients together until smooth. Set it aside.

To make the chicken: If you are using wooden skewers for the chicken, make sure to soak them in water a few minutes before. Trim off the excess fat from the thighs. Then slice them into bitesize pieces. Season them with lemongrass powder, salt and pepper.

Arrange some of the chicken pieces in each skewer. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a large pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken skewers. Cook for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally until they become golden and the chicken is completely cooked.

Cook the noodles as instructed on the package. They need to be tender but not mushy. I cooked mine for 4 minutes. Then quickly rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking.

Drain them. I like to pat them dry with some paper towels to remove the extra water otherwise it will water down the salad dressing.

To serve: Divide the noodles into 3 bowls. Add some cucumber, bean sprouts and carrots. Add the chicken skewers. Drizzle some of the peanut sauce over each skewer. Sprinkle with some toasted peanuts and fried onions. I also like to sprinkle some chopped coriander and chili flakes over the chicken. Serve with the dressing on the side and some lime wedges.

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Sesame & Peanut Ramen with Ketjap Marinated Chicken

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If you have never heard of Ketjap, it is a sweet Indonesian soy sauce. It is very popular here and you can find it at any supermarket. For this recipe you need to marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes in the fridge but the rest is done very quickly. The chicken caramelizes very nicely in the pan and it is still juicy inside. I love the creamy sesame and peanut sauce, and it makes a filling dish.

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This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

For the chicken:

700gr of boneless and skinless chicken thighs

1/3 cup of Ketjap manis

1 ½ tablespoons of ginger syrup

2 tablespoon of white vinegar

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

½ teaspoon of onion powder

½ a teaspoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of chili oil

A good pinch of salt

Pepper

For the sesame and peanut sauce:

4 tablespoons of sesame oil

1/3 cup of smooth peanut butter

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime

1 teaspoon of chili oil

1 tablespoon of ginger syrup

1 tablespoon of water

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

2 spring onions, thinly chopped

1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds

1 tablespoon of white sesame seeds

3 tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander

Extras:

300gr of ramen noodles, or the noodles of your choice

A handful of chopped toasted peanuts (optional)

 

Place the chicken along with the rest of the ingredients for the marinade in a medium bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To make the sesame and peanut sauce, just whisk all the ingredients together in large bowl. Set it aside.

Once the 30 minutes for the chicken are up, heat up a large pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken in batches, be careful because it will splatter. Let it cook for about 3 minutes per side until they are cooked through and caramelized.  Repeat for the rest of the chicken. Finally slice the chicken and taste for salt.

Cook the noodles as instructed in the package. Then drain them and toss them in the sesame and peanut sauce.

Divide the noodles among 3 bowls, add the sliced chicken and if you want top it with tasted peanuts. I only realized I forgot to add the peanuts after I had taken all the pictures so I added them later. Enjoy!

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