Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Vermicelli Bowl with Grilled Chicken

Post Christmas Dinner from YEG to YYZ

For Christmas, we had the pleasure of a visit from my brother (Beez) and sister-in-law (Amanda) of Gluten Free Edmonton. Although their visit was really about seeing their nephews, Beez humoured me and made us dinner one evening between Christmas and New Years. Meredith also used her new Whirly-Pop to make everyone fresh stove-top popcorn.

As I mentioned before, I'm not great with rice noodles, so it's nice to have them done right without having to go out. Beez was very accommodating and set up an assembly line on my counter. He also made me grill the chicken (so much for a labour-free dinner).

Vermicelli Bowl with Grilled Chicken
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 boneless-skinless chicken breasts sliced butterfly-style (making four portions)
  • 1/4 head of iceberg lettuce, sliced
  • 1 package vermicelli rice noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 carrot, sliced julienne style
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced julienne style
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 8 tbsp fish sauce (Beez uses Blue Dragon brand available at Wal-Mart)
  1. Marinate chicken in soy sauce and garlic for at least 30 minutes (overnight is best).
  2. Grill chicken until cooked it reaches an internal temperature of 165-degrees Fahrenheit and then slice into strips.
  3. To build the bowl, layer as follows:
    1. lettuce
    2. noodles
    3. carrots and cucumber around the edge of the bowl
    4. chicken in the centre
    5. garnish with green onion
  4. Serve with 2 tbsp fish sauce on the side for diners to pour into the bowl.
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  1. This vermicelli bowl looks delicious :)

  2. I just bought some "rice sticks" the other day, so I will try this soon. Though, me no likie fish sauce. Maybe I could use some schezuan sauce instead! Thanks for sharing on the hearth and soul hop!

  3. Hmm. Trying to think what the closest thing to fish sauce is (made with anchovies). The brand GfreeYEG buys is a dip so it's not dark/strong at all (like the ones used for cooking).

    If you prefer something sweet, you could use Hoisin sauce and water it down with a drop of soy and some seasoned rice vinegar. that's my favourite dip for pot-stickers.


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