Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches (Bánh Mì Gà)

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  • Preparation: 20 mins
  • Cooking: 20 mins
  • Skill level: Easy
  • Servings: 4

Description Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches (Banh Mi Ga)

Some food arguments may never be settled. For one, who makes the best Vietnamese Sandwich (Bánh Mì) in America?
Vietnamese Sandwich may inspire heated debate, but some facts are incontestable. A culinary embodiment of French colonial rule in Vietnam, Bánh Mì are composed equally of French and Vietnamese Cuisine. They all begin with a whole baguette, preferably baked in-house and dressed with an aioli spread infused with pork, garlic and fish sauce. These ingredients then hold a wide variety of fillings: barbecue pork, fried tofu and thick-sliced ham are the most common options, along with pork pâté, grilled chicken, meatballs, sauteed vegetables and, occasionally, whole sardines.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, plus more for spreading
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, halved crosswise and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup pickled cocktail onions, halved, plus 1/4 cup of the pickling liquid from the jar
  • One 10-ounce baguette, split lengthwise and toasted
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce, for spreading
  • 1 Kirby cucumber, very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Cilantro sprigs

Method Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches (Banh Mi Ga)

1, In a bowl, toss the chicken with the soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and the shallot. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2, Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix the carrots with the pickled onions and their liquid and let stand for 1 hour.
3, Heat a grill pan. Grill the chicken and shallot slices over high heat until charred and the chicken is just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
4, Spread mayonnaise on the cut sides of the baguette, then spread with Sriracha. On the bottom half, layer the carrots, onions and cucumber, then top with the chicken and shallots. Lay cilantro sprigs over the chicken and close the sandwich. Cut crosswise into 6 pieces and serve.

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