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Recipe:  Warm Vietnamese lemongrass chicken salad

Recipe: Warm Vietnamese lemongrass chicken salad

Spice up your evening with this low-fat Vietnamese-inspired bowl.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 200g dried thin rice stick noodles
  • 500g chicken stir-fry strips
  • 1 lemongrass stalk (white part only), finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar, extra
  • Pinch of ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1/2 butter lettuce, leaves torn
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Shallots, fried, to serve
  • Unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped, to serve

CHILLI DRESSING

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

METHOD

  • Step 1
    Place sugar and vinegar in a small bowl. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add carrot. Stir to combine.
  • Step 2
    Make Chilli Dressing: Place garlic, chilli, sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Step 3
    Cook noodles following packet directions. Drain. Refresh under cold water. Drain.
  • Step 4
    Place chicken, lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, extra sugar and white pepper in a glass or ceramic bowl. Toss to coat.
  • Step 5
    Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add oil. Swirl to coat. Stir-fry chicken, in 2 batches, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
  • Step 6
    Drain carrot mixture. Divide noodles among serving bowls. Top with lettuce, cucumber, chicken, carrot, coriander and mint. Sprinkle with fried shallots and peanuts. Drizzle with Chilli Dressing. Serve.

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