Lisa and I just got back from Atlanta, where we stuffed ourselves with cheese dip, Waffle House, BBQ, and various other gut-busting fare, so we’re looking to keep things light this week as we ease back into our routine. This chicken and noodle salad definitely fit the bill. The chicken has a wonderful citrusy glaze, and the mint and veggies add texture and crunch to the bean thread noodles. This recipe comes from Asian Flavors.
Hooray; our first recipe using our mint from the planter out front!
Hooray; our first plant we haven’t managed to kill! Yet.
I think you’ll really like that chicken. The sugar in the marinade caramelizes a bit and makes a nice thick glaze.
I do like the chicken — but the noodles need more sauce.
There isn’t any sauce.
That would be why then.
Actually, if you mix it all up, the noodles soak up the glaze from the chicken and get a little saucy.
Ooh, you’re right; good tip. Well, this definitely passes our “light” test.
I know — what’s for dessert?
Vietnamese Lime & Mint Chicken
2 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 large or two small chicken boneless chicken breasts
1 tbsp peanut oil
3.5 oz bean thread noodles
1/4 cucumber, cut into sticks
1/2 carrot, cut into sticks
small handful of mint sprigs
1/2 red jalapeÃ±o, seeded and finely chopped
Peel 1/2 the zest from the lime and cut into fine shreds. Set aside, then squeeze all the juice from the lime and add to a bowl. Mix with the fish sauce, garlic, sugar, and ground pepper. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add the chicken to the bowl, making sure it’s coated well, and marinate for 30 minutes.
Heat the peanut oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken skin-side down and cook for five minutes until the skin is browned. Set the heat at medium-low, turn the chicken over, and pour the rest of the marinade in. Cover the skillet and cook for 10 minutes, then uncover and cook until chicken is cooked through, another 5 minutes or so.
Meanwhile, soak the noodles in hot water for 3-5 minutes or until softened. Drain, and mix with the carrot, cucumber, and mint leaves. Slice the chicken and arrange over the noodles. Garnish with the chopped jalapeÃ±o and lime zest.