Lemongrass chicken with vermicelli salad

Fresh, spicy and full of flavour.

  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Vermicelli noodles topped with lemongrass-marinated chicken, fresh herbs and vegetables and dressed with a sweet and spicy Vietnamese Nuoc Cham.
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Lemongrass chicken with vermicelli salad
  • 200 gram bean thread vermicelli
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 3 (600g) chicken thigh fillets, sliced thinly
  • 2 x 10cm sticks fresh lemon grass (40g), sliced thinly
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 cup (120g) shredded iceberg lettuce (see notes)
  • 1 (120g) medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 (130g) lebanese cucumber, deseeded, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup (35g) roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 4 4 radishes (140g), trimmed, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves
Chilli dressing
  • 1/4 cup (75g) white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 fresh small red thai chilli, chopped finely


Lemongrass chicken with vermicelli salad
  • 1
    Place vermicelli in a medium heatproof bowl; cover with boiling water. Stand until just tender, drain.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, to make the chilli dressing: Combine sugar and the water in a small saucepan; stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and chilli.
  • 3
    Heat oil in a wok over high heat; stir-fry chicken, in batches, for 2 minutes or until browned. Return all of the chicken to wok with lemongrass and garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until lemon grass is soft. Add fish sauce; stir-fry until hot.
  • 4
    Serve vermicelli with lettuce, carrot, cucumber and chicken mixture; sprinkle with nuts, radish and herbs. Drizzle over chilli dressing.
  • 5
    Serve with remaining dressing.


Recipe is not suitable to freeze or microwave. You will need about half a medium iceberg lettuce to get the amount required for this recipe.

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