Vietnamese Vermicelli Salad with Peanut-Crusted Chicken

by Megan on May 11, 2012

This is the kind of meal where you can’t help but take giant, un-ladylike, but totally respectable, bites. These noodles are Lady and the Tramp-esque. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your true love mid-noodle.

But mostly just know that this is one tasty dinner. It’s perfect for a casual weeknight. It’s filling AND it’s pretty. And I promise you’ll be full before you want to be. You might get mad at your tum for not being able to fit more of this rainbow in there. But don’t fret, it makes for awesome leftovers. I know from experience. You see, this serves 6, but I made it for 1, and I’ve been eating it for dinner since. I miss it in advance, and I bet you won’t get sick of this either. (Is that a way to sell it?)

P.S. If you’d like to make this vegetarian check out Tracy’s method involving grilled tofu!

Vietnamese Vermicelli Salad with Peanut-Crusted Chicken
Recipe adapted from Shutterbean {serves 6}

Ingredients:

dressing –

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sriracha, or chili garlic sauce, to taste
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • juice from 3 limes, to taste
  • 1/2 t salt

salad –

  • 1 (8 oz.) package of vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced into thin half-moons
  • 1 small red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned or shredded
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thinly

gremolata –

  • 1/4 cup+ fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped or torn
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, roughly chopped or food processed into crumbs

chicken –

  • 1 lime, plus more to serve
  • 2 large chicken breasts, sliced in half thin-ways
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts, chopped in a food processor until teeny
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour

Please note: I bought scant a pound of peanuts, and used most of them for garnish and crusting the chicken, so get extra for topping, if you want!

Directions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and shake until combined. Place chicken in a large bag or shallow dish and pour about scant half up of the dressing over them, squeeze the juice from one lime into the bag as well. Set aside at room temperature to marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet or two with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. Take the chicken out of the marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut into strips. Get ready to peanu-crust your chicken by placing the flour in a shallow dish, whisk the eggs in another shallow dish, and then put the chopped peanuts in another. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then egg, and then press into the peanuts. Place on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until no longer pink in the center and cooked through. Set aside.
  4. Cook the noodles by placing them in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over them until submerged. Set aside for about 3 minutes or until done. Rinse with cool water.
  5. Make the gremolata by stirring together the fresh mint with the chopped peanuts. Place in a small dish.
  6. Plate the salad by dividing up the noodles, vegetables, and chicken between the plates. Pour sauce over to your hearts content. Sprinkle with gremolata and eat like you mean it. Personally, I like to have the sauce and gremolata near by at all times for there to be more of each in every bite. Squeeze lime over your plate if you’re feelin’ it.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Prep your vegetables and then have a drink.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy May 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

how could you get sick of eating a rainbow for dinner?! this looks so good AND pretty!

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Megan May 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

Yeah girl! I bet you’d love this. 🙂

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Rebecca May 12, 2012 at 1:07 am

Looks beautiful, and it doesn’t have any cilantro in it! Yayyyy….I hate cilantro, haha.

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Megan May 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

Yeah girl! Mint is happening! No cilantro allowed in this salad.

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Hannah March 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

What could you use in replace of wheat flour? Do you think rice flour would work ok?

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Megan March 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I bet rice flour would work, but I haven’t tried it. Or you could skip the flour all together. 🙂

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