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Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken and the BEST dressing!

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These Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken (Bun Ga Nuong) are a satisfying, recent and vibrant meal-in-one medley you’ll crave for days!


Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken reply your cravings for a refreshing taste and texture packed lunch or dinner.  They’re made with seasoned rice vermicelli noodles, juicy lemongrass hen, recent slivered greens and garnished with crunchy peanuts and recent cilantro all drizzled with shiny and tangy Vietnamese rice vinegar dressing.  These Vietnamese Noodles are mild but comforting and make unbelievable meal prep bowls! 

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I’m all about comforting soups like my Curried Butternut Squash Soup and Laksa when its chilly outdoors, however typically you simply want an enormous bowl of recent consolation meals AKA loaded Vietnamese Noodles.  And when you’ve tasted them, you’ll CRAVE them.

These Vietnamese Noodles usually are not solely cravilicious with their layers upon layers of salty, tangy, spicy, gingery, garlicky flavors and textures however they’re wholesome too, good for maintaining all of these New Years Resolutions, with out sacrificing any enjoyable and flirty flavors!  In contrast to many noodle salads, nevertheless, you’re left utterly glad  – nicely, apart from the reality that you’re going to need extra.

chopsticks picking up lemongrass chicken in Vietnamese Noodles

What are Vietnamese Noodles?

Vietnamese noodles embrace many varieties of noodles from Rice Vermicelli Noodles (Bún), Rice Sticks (Bánh Phở), Egg Noodles (Mì), Glass Noodles (Miến) and many extra.

For these Vietnamese Noodles, we’re going to use Rice Vermicelli Noodles (Bún) and Lemongrass Chicken to create Bun Ga Nuong.  It’s a mild, recent, chilly Vietnamese Noodle Salad topped with veggies similar to purple cabbage, bean sprouts, cucumbers, bell peppers, snow peas and matchstick carrots, recent cilantro, crunchy crushed peanuts and a tangy candy and bitter dressing.  Drool….

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What’s Lemongrass Chicken?

Lemongrass Chicken is the star of those Vietnamese Noodles. I really like this aromatic hen SO a lot, the truth is, I’ve a whole submit devoted to its outrageous deliciousness.

Lemongrass Chicken is juicy hen marinated with with lemongrass, purple curry paste, Asian candy chili sauce, garlic, ginger, basil, soy sauce and fish sauce for a tantalizing complicated, can’t-stop-eating hen.  The hen is tangy, the good stability of candy and bitter with hints of lemon and herbs from the complicated barely candy, pungent, and lemony lemongrass.

The Lemongrass Chicken marinade elements might sound considerably prolonged, however it’s a fast mixing of all the elements and then simply add your hen.  As soon as the marinating is full, this Lemongrass Chicken could be in your desk in lower than 15 minutes – which suggests these Vietnamese Noodles may be in your desk in 15 minutes (AKA in your mouth!) in the event you prep your veggies forward of time.

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What are Rice Vermicelli Noodles (Bún)?

Rice vermicelli noodles are a skinny type of rice noodles comprised of, you guessed it! –  rice.  The rice noodles are labeled in a different way relying on their measurement:  rice vermicelli – additional skinny, thread – wonderful, or rice stick – flat.

We would like the thinnest – rice vermicelli.  They’re white in colour, barely agency when cooked and separate into high quality threads which make them very best to select up with chopsticks or a fork on this Vietnamese Noodle Salad.

When on the lookout for rice vermicelli, don’t confuse them with Korean vermicelli like I exploit in my Korean Spicy Noodles, additionally referred to as cellophane vermicelli noodles or glass noodles.

These noodles are comprised of mung bean starch as an alternative of rice and don’t prepare dinner up fairly as agency and are stickier in order that they don’t separate as properly, making them higher for dishes with sauces as an alternative of salads.   In the event you aren’t positive you’re buying the right noodles – simply take a look at the elements ;).

showing how to make Vietnamese Noodles by tossing rice noodles with dressing

The place Do you Purchase Rice Noodles?

You may be capable of discover recent rice vermicelli noodles at an Asian market, however for comfort, this Vietnamese Noodles recipe requires dried rice noodles.

Dried rice vermicelli noodles are quite common and must be straightforward to seek out in the Asian part of your grocery retailer, in any other case, you possibly can undoubtedly discover them on Amazon or an Asian Market.

How do you prepare dinner Rice Vermicelli?

To prepare dinner your rice vermicelli noodles, be sure to comply with the directions on the package deal as an alternative of simply boiling them like conventional noodles.  Rice vermicelli don’t have to be boiled, however as an alternative, solely must be soaked in scorching water.

To provide the noodles extra taste in these Vietnamese Noodles, we do one thing somewhat totally different and reap the benefits of each the Lemongrass Chicken marinade and the dressing – see part under “How to Make Vietnamese Noodle Salad” for this flavorful hack.

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Is there an alternative to Rice Noodles?

For those who can’t find rice vermicelli noodles, you’ll be able to substitute them with linguine or skinny spaghetti.  Prepare dinner them based on package deal instructions simply till al dente.

What’s the sauce on Vietnamese noodle bowls?

Vietnamese Noodles are sometimes served with a sauce referred to as Nuoc Cham and it’s zingy, tangy, bitter taste bomb.  It’s made with rice vinegar, fish sauce, sugar/honey and lime juice and my model additionally consists of Three tablespoons of reserved Lemongrass Chicken marinade with with lemongrass, garlic, ginger, purple curry paste, and so forth. which takes this dressing to an entire new degree of YUM.

Whereas many may draw back from fish sauce – don’t skip it!   It provides a depth of savory, salty taste that may’t be created another method.  You may also customise the dressing with further lime juice to make it tangier, honey to make it sweeter, or fish sauce to make it saltier.

What Greens do you add to Vietnamese Noodles?

For these Vietnamese Noodle Bowls, I exploit:

  • pink cabbage
  • bean sprouts
  • cucumbers
  • bell peppers
  • snow peas
  • matchstick carrots
  • cilantro
  • crushed peanuts

You can even embrace or swap the veggies out for:

  • shredded Napa or inexperienced cabbage
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced purple onion
  • shelled edamame
  • chopped recent basil
  • mint
  • slivered almonds
  • cashews

As with all salads, be happy to make use of kind of of your favourite greens. You’ll be able to even omit some greens utterly and substitute with your favs or just no matter you’ve available.  This Vietnamese Noodle Salad can also be FABULOUS (though not conventional) with chopped pineapple or chopped mangos.

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How do you make Vietnamese noodle salad?

Step 1:  Marinate Lemongrass Chicken.  You’ll be able to marinate the hen for 30 minutes at room temperature or as much as 24 in the fridge – the longer, the extra flavorful.  I like to make use of this time to prep the remainder of the Vietnamese Noodles elements.

Step 2:  Make Dressing  Whisk collectively all of the dressing elements.  You can also make the dressing at any level whereas the hen is marinating and retailer it in the fridge.  You simply need to make the dressing earlier than you prepare dinner the noodles, as a result of you’ll toss the noodles with a few of the dressing.

Step Three:  Chop Greens.   You possibly can chop the greens both after you prepare dinner your hen or whereas your hen is marinating.  When you chop your greens beforehand, maintain them in particular person plastic luggage or hermetic containers in the fridge.  That is my most popular technique as a result of then you possibly can simply pull them out and dinner is served!

Step 5:  Prepare dinner Lemongrass Chicken.  The unique Lemongrass Chicken recipe we’re linking to calls for two ½ kilos hen however we’re  solely going to make use of 1 ½ kilos and use the additional marinade in our dressing.  If hen has been refrigerated, let it sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time allowing) earlier than cooking.  This enables the hen to prepare dinner extra evenly.  Prepare dinner hen in a big skillet over medium excessive warmth till properly browned on all sides, about Three-Four minutes per aspect – you might have to work in batches.  Let hen relaxation 5 minutes earlier than slicing to permit all the juices which have pushed to the outdoors of the hen to be redistributed all through the hen to realize juicier hen.

Step Four:  Prepare dinner rice noodles.  After you prepare dinner the lemongrass hen, take away it from the skillet and add water to the similar skillet to take in all the leftover lemongrass flavors and convey to a simmer. Take away the skillet from the warmth and add noodles to soak in line with package deal directions till al dente.  For max taste, we then add the drained noodles to a big bowl and toss with 1/Four cup of the tantalizing zingy dressing. This helps the noodles to not stick to one another and ensures each component of our Vietnamese Noodles are infused with taste by way of and by way of.

Step 5:  Serve.  To serve, divide noodles between Four or 6 bowls (relying on serving measurement) and divide toppings between bowls OR divide toppings into serving bowls to create a topping bar.  Drizzle bowls with desired quantity of dressing.  Add freshly squeezed lime juice or Asian chili sauce to style if desired.

Vietnamese noodles with chopsticks picking up sliced lemongrass chicken

Are you able to Make Vietnamese Noodles prematurely?

Sure!  This Vietnamese Noodle Salad make fabulous meal prep for lunch, dinner and even entertaining.  You possibly can both hold the veggies separate from the noodles and hen and convey them out and assemble or create a topping bar OR equally divide the noodles, hen and greens between sealable containers. In both state of affairs,  I recommend maintaining the dressing separate so it stays punchy and vibrant.

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Vietnamese Noodles

These Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken (Bun Ga Nuong) are a satisfying, recent and vibrant meal-in-one medley you’ll crave for days!
They’re your reply for a refreshing taste and texture packed lunch or dinner.  They’re made with seasoned rice vermicelli noodles, juicy lemongrass hen, recent slivered greens and garnished with crunchy peanuts and recent cilantro all drizzled with vibrant and tangy Vietnamese rice vinegar dressing.  These Vietnamese Noodles are mild but comforting and you possibly can prep all the elements forward of time, so when its “go time” all you must do is prepare dinner your hen!

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Elements

NOODLE BOWLS

  • 1 recipe Lemongrass Chicken utilizing 1 ½ lbs – see notes
  • 1 6.75 pkg. rice vermicelli noodles
  • 2 cups purple cabbage chopped
  • 2 cups Bean Sprouts
  • 2 cucumbers spiralized or julienned
  • 1 purple bell pepper julienned
  • 1 cup Snow peas ends trimmed, julienned
  • 1 cup matchstick or julienned carrots
  • 1/Four cup chopped inexperienced onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro or extra to style

Dressing

  • Three tablespoons Reserved marinade in instructions
  • 1/Four cup coconut milk might sub water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Garnish

  • cilantro
  • crushed peanuts
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Asian chili sauce

Elements

NOODLE BOWLS

  • 1 recipe Lemongrass Chicken utilizing 1 ½ lbs – see notes
  • 1 6.75 pkg. rice vermicelli noodles
  • 2 cups pink cabbage chopped
  • 2 cups Bean Sprouts
  • 2 cucumbers spiralized or julienned
  • 1 pink bell pepper julienned
  • 1 cup Snow peas ends trimmed, julienned
  • 1 cup matchstick or julienned carrots
  • 1/Four cup chopped inexperienced onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro or extra to style

Dressing

  • Three tablespoons Reserved marinade in instructions
  • 1/Four cup coconut milk might sub water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Garnish

  • cilantro
  • crushed peanuts
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Asian chili sauce
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Directions

  1. Marinate Lemongrass Chicken based on instructions. Take away Three tablespoons of the Lemongrass Marinade to a small bowl and whisk in all dressing components. Cowl and refrigerate dressing. (I exploit this time to prep my veggies.)

  2. Prepare dinner hen based on instructions.

  3. Take away hen then add water to the similar skillet you cooked the hen in and convey to a simmer. Take away from warmth and add noodles (if skillet isn’t giant sufficient then add noodles and water to a big bowl). Soak noodles in line with package deal directions till al dente. Drain noodles and rinse with cool water. Add noodles to giant bowl and toss with 1/Four cup of dressing.

  4. To serve, divide noodles between Four or 6 bowls (relying on serving measurement) and divide greens and garnish between bowls OR serve greens and garnishes in particular person bowls a la carte to create a topping bar. Drizzle bowls with desired quantity of dressing. Add freshly squeezed lime juice or Asian chili sauce if desired (extremely really helpful).

Recipe Notes

**The Lemongrass Chicken recipe calls for two ½ kilos hen however we’re solely going to make use of 1 ½ kilos and use the additional marinade in our dressing.

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