We saw this banh mi recipe in this month’s Sunset Magazine and were drawn to this Vietnamese sandwich, with its piles of vegetables and promise of a great marinade. We loved the sweet, spicy, tangy sauce so much we ate two servings each. And, what a great way to enjoy basil and mint, which should be growing voluminously in your garden right about now.
Marinate the chicken Take 2 boned, skinned chicken breast halves and slice them open horizontally, so they open up and thin out. Put them in a pan and add 2 T hoisin, 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder, 1 T soy sauce and 1 T oil, and coat thoroughly.
Grill the chicken Heat your grill to medium and grill the chicken. Turn it one time, and cook it through – about 10 minutes. Let it rest another 10 minutes, and then slice on the diagonal into long strip.
Prepare the vegetables Chop the following vegetables into similar-sized matchsticks: 1/2 English cucumber, 1 medium carrot, 4 oz. jicama, 1 red Fresno or red jalapeno chile.
Make the sauce Mix 2 T hoisin 1 T oil, 2 T lime juice and 1 T fish sauce in a little bowl.
Make the sandwiches Take 4 rolls or 1 baguette cut into four pieces. Spread mayo on one side of the bread, then layer chicken on top. Top with the chopped vegetables. Sprinkle chopped cilantro, basil and mint on top of that. Drizzle each sandwich with the extra sauce, and enjoy!
And if you’d like to eat this with a twist, try it over rice vermicelli noodles. We did, and loved it!
- 2 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (1 1/2 lbs total)
- 4 T hoisin sauce
- 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice pwder
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 2 T lime juice
- 1 T fish sauce
- 4 sandwich rolls or 1 baguette, sliced into 4 equal lengths & split
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 1 medium carrot
- 4 oz jicama
- 1 red Fresno or red jalapeno chile
- Cilantro, Basil and Mint
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