Bánh Mì Gà Recipe

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Vietnamese chicken sandwich (bánh mì gà) is a quick yet incredibly tasty and nutritious recipe that is perfectly suitable for busy bees. Forget your ordinary, greasy, cheesy hamburgers and say hello to this combination of crisp baguettes, flavorful chicken, and fragrant, healthy herbs.

Like other delicious bánh mì dishes, you can conveniently munch a chicken sandwich for any meal of the day. Even better, you can be creative with the sauces and ingredients and add in your favorite things. Care to know more? Then let’s scroll down!

Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich

A Brief History Of Vietnamese Sandwich And Its Chicken Variety

Vietnamese bánh mì stems from the baguette, which the French brought to Vietnam in the 19th century. After the initial doubts and hesitation, locals embraced the bread and used it widely in Vietnamese cuisine, albeit with some changes in the size and ingredients to suit their taste.

When Vietnamese people first learned how to serve the baguette, they followed the Western way. The baguette was placed on a plate with some accompanying savory dishes on the side and eaten with a knife and a fork.

However, as time went by, they turned the baguette into the iconic stuffed sandwich that the world has come to love. Vietnamese bánh mì is the beloved child of Western elegance and the passion for Eastern cuisine.

In terms of protein, most versions often consist of ham or pork roast. But let me show you a healthier and more exciting type of Vietnamese sandwich with chicken filling. It will be unlike any bánh mì you have known before.

Plus, if you have any chicken leftovers, like chicken steamed with coarse salt, rotisserie, etc., you can use it to make the sandwich. But you have to adjust the seasoning to ensure your sandwich taste as you expect. 

Tools

You only need a simple set of kitchen tools to get this chicken sandwich right. Let’s go to the kitchen and find the following things:

Tools Vietnamese Sandwich
  • Chopping board: Remember to use separate boards for slicing raw meat and vegetables.
  • Knife: Likewise, don’t use the same knife to cut meat and vegetables.
  • Peeler: A sharp peeler creates thin shavings of veggies that improve the texture of the sandwich.
  • Small spoon and measuring spoon: To scoop out the spices and sauces.
  • Pan: to cook the chicken – the star of the sandwich.
  • Small pot: To contain the ingredients.
  • Small dish and bowl: You need them to hold the ingredients for stuffing your bread.

Ingredients

While you can stuff your sandwich with a lot of things, there are certain ingredients that can’t be ignored. Take a quick glance at this list to see what to add to your shopping list.

Sandwich Ingredients
  • Bread: The best choice is a crisp, Vietnamese-style short baguette with a crisp crust and airy texture. But you can opt for your preferred type of baked goods, such as a round bread roll.
  • Chicken breasts: This is the best cut of meat for this recipe because it is reasonably lean and perfect in texture. Besides, you can cut and cook it more easily than other types of meat.
  • Onion: For the appetite-stimulating spiciness.
  • Turnips and carrots: Their grassy taste flawlessly complements your chicken.
  • Cucumber: Another important veggie for this recipe. You can also add them along with tomatoes.
  • Mayonnaise: An indispensable ingredient of any worthwhile Vietnamese sandwich.
  • Herbs: They separate this Vietnamese culinary delight from ordinary kinds of fast food. Popular options include parsley, basil, scallion, etc.
  • Other condiments: rice vinegar, red chili powder, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, seasonings, etc.

How To Make Chicken Sandwich

Follow these easy steps, and a delicious Vietnamese sandwich will be yours to enjoy in no time. You won’t believe how simple they are!

Step 1: Prepare The Filling

Wash the vegetables and pat them dry with a clean towel.

Peel the cucumbers into long, thin ribbons. Remember to leave the skin on (for the crunch) but remove the soggy seeds.

Peel The Cucumbers Into Long

Remove the skin of the turnips and carrots and cut them into matchsticks. Then, cut an onion in half and slice it thinly.

Remove The Skin Turnips And Carrots

In a bowl, mix ½ cup of warm water, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of rice vinegar. Soak the turnips, carrots, and onions in the mixture for 15 minutes.

Soak The Turnips Carrots

Clean the chicken breasts and remove unwanted fats before cutting them into medium-sized strips.

Cutting Chicken Breasts

Marinate the chicken in a mixture of minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame sauce, honey, red chili powder, etc. Stir well and let everything rest for at least 15 minutes.

Marinate The Chicken In A Mixture

Step 2: Cook The Chicken

Heat olive oil in the skillet and add the marinated chicken breasts to it. Cook on medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until the meat turns golden brown and emits a fragrant smell.

Marinated Chicken Breasts

Let the hot chicken breasts cool down before removing them from the skillet. Place them on a separate plate for the next step.

Hot Chicken Breasts Cool Down

Step 3: Assemble The Chicken Sandwich

Get the pickled vegetables out and let them drain. Arrange them alongside herbs and sliced chili on the table.

Pickled Vegetables Out

Split a baguette lengthwise. Scoop out some of the crumbs with a small spoon so that you can add more stuffings to the bread.

Spread each side of the baguette with mayonnaise. Finally, stuff the bread with the chicken, pickles, herbs, and fresh chili (if you’re into spicy food).

Extra Tips For Serving

Here are a few things you should keep in mind in order to enjoy your chicken sandwich properly. They are extremely easy to follow, anyway.

  • Your baguette will be more tempting and delicious if you toast it beforehand. Put it in a toaster or a microwave for 15 – 20 seconds.
  • You can adjust the recipe by using other kinds of spices and condiments. For example, hot chili sauce will provide a more peppery taste, while a sprinkle of salt and pepper or some extra soy sauce on your bread will give you a more intense taste.
  • Though the sandwich can be refrigerated for up to 48 hours, you should enjoy it within the day, especially if you like your chicken sandwich to have a crispy texture.
  • It is acceptable to prepare the pickles and store them in the fridge prior to assembling the sandwich. All you need to do is to keep them in an airtight mason jar.

Add Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich To Your Quick Meal List Now!

You have just learned an exciting twist on classic Vietnamese street food. Though this chicken sandwich is not very lavish or fancy, it is more than able to steal your heart at the first bite. Roll up your sleeves, get to work, and see for yourself how effortless this recipe is.

How is everything going? Don’t hesitate to share your result in the comment section. I am always happy to read it, and so are many other readers. A small favor to ask: Tell your friends about this post so that they know how to whip up a quick, delicious meal on a budget.

Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich

This Vietnamese chicken sandwich recipe has all the virtues you can ask for: It is cheap, delicious, healthy, and easy to make. Check out how it manages to do so.
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Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 582kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of bread, preferably a short baguette
  • 300 grams chicken breast
  • 0.5 onions
  • 0.5 turnip
  • 0.5 carrot
  • 0.5 cucumber
  • 0.5 cup rice vinegar
  • Herbs: parsley, basil, scallion, etc.
  • 10 ml soy sauce
  • 5 ml oyster sauce
  • 5 ml sesame oil
  • 5 ml honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh chilies
  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic

Instructions 

  • Cut the turnip, carrot, and onion into thin slices and pickle them for 15 minutes.
    Remove The Skin Turnips And Carrots
  • Soak The Turnips Carrots
  • Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips and marinate them for 15 minutes.
    Cutting Chicken Breasts
  • Marinate The Chicken In A Mixture
  • Cook the chicken breasts on medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
    Marinated Chicken Breasts
  • Split the bread lengthwise and fill it with the chicken, pickles, thinly peeled cucumber ribbons, mayonnaise, herbs, fresh chilies, and seasonings.
    Pickled Vegetables Out

Video

Notes

  • Toast the bread before making the sandwich for a more pleasant experience.
  • You can top the bread with other condiments of your choice, such as hot chili sauce, soy sauce, or salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1322mg | Potassium: 979mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2647IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 6mg
Richie

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Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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  • Focus: Vietnamese and Asian cuisines with intensive training and hands-on approach.

Vietnam Australia Vocational School (VAAC), Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • Focus: Basic knowledge on how to store, preserve and select ingredients, and practice cocktails, mocktails, hot and cold drinks.

Richie, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a dynamic Content Writer with a talent for capturing the essence of culinary art.

Richie specializes in creating visually appealing and tasty content, offering a new angle on Vietnamese and other culinary traditions. With a background in graphic design and a love for food styling and photography, he expertly combines beauty with food narratives, encouraging his audience to discover the culinary world through his imaginative perspective.

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