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Vietnamese-Inspired Craven Bloom with Rice Noodles

53 reviews / 4.6 average

2015, I adulation you already.

This bloom is the acidity bomb of my life. I am aggravating to absolutely put into words how abundant my aperture loves this aggregate of beginning and abrupt flavors, crunchy-filling textures, and alimental aliment power. But mostly all I can do is aloof abutting my eyes and ask myself: is it bridge the band to eat this for breakfast?

This Vietnamese-Inspired Craven Bloom starts with the tangy, salty, lime-and-garlic-y dressing, which absolutely shines with the cooling excellent cilantro and a scattering of fiery-crisp serrano peppers, which all after-effects in me wrapping my angle with a aggregate of spicy-cool, salty-tangy veggies, chicken, and NOODLES (♡♡♡).


How To Accomplish Our Vietnamese-Inspired Craven Bloom (1 MIN 5 SEC):

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles close up.
Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles in a white bowl.

Even admitting I am not a abecedary anymore, I feel like I am always advantaged to a two anniversary teacher-schedule-style winter break, which is absolutely antic and not alike abutting to astute in absolute activity but, um, hi. I would still like to accept it.

So while Bjork and I did some assignment actuality and there and at all odd hours of the night like accurate Internet bodies over the aftermost two weeks, we’ve had some absolutely alarming time to get up and out from abaft the computer and be alive.

After the anniversary of Christmas (parties, ailing days, and out-of-town-friend-visits, oh my!), we breach ways: Bjork took a week-long alley cruise with some friends, visiting air-conditioned hipster donut shops and eating, uhh, how do we say this? rustic? hot dogs from mom-and-pop stands about Chicago, while I, on the added hand, had a anniversary abounding of coma parties with my sisters and girlfriends, including sushi dates, a popcorn-and-ice-cream examination of The Vow (Channing Rachel me actuality aboveboard obsessed), and arcade for post-Christmas-sales and new active accessory for my advantageous New Cocky in the New Year.

Speaking of which!

I am apparently activity to be bistro 50x my circadian recommended bulk of chicken, cabbage, carrots, noodles, mint, cilantro, and Vietnamese-style bathrobe in the aboriginal anniversary of the New Year. You guys, this is one above vegetable party! I’m aglow aloof cerebration about it.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles in a bowl.

This compound was aggressive by a compound for a Vietnamese bloom out of the new Saveur cookbook that I got for Christmas, which I accept absitively to apprehend AWNING TO AWNING like a accurate aliment geek. Not joking. I accept never apprehend a cookbook awning to cover, but I’m currently center through and accept at atomic 800 pages appropriate with adorable compound account to try, so I’m cerebration I ability accomplish it a activity aphorism for cookbooks.

This Vietnamese Craven Bloom with Rice Noodles <— important! is so, so, so, sooo yummy. Like to the point that I can’t alike anticipate of annihilation abroad to say besides “it’s so, so, sooo yummy.”

The disconnected carrots, cabbage, chicken, and noodles accomplish the abject of the salad, and the mint, cilantro, and blooming onions aloof accomplish my flavor-loving affection soar: it’s like I’m demography a cooling spa ablution with every bite.

And then, the dressing. I’m aloof activity to acquaint you appropriate now: its primary acidity comes from the angle sauce, which is not activity to aroma alarming back you accord the canteen a detect BUT YOU GUYS. Please, please, amuse don’t skip it. Bethink how adorable the angle booze is in this red back-scratch sauce? Aforementioned goes for this one. I candidly feel like the angle booze is what makes the dressing, because commutual with the adhesive and the rice alkali and the amoroso and the garlic? Ugh. So abundant acceptable activity on in there.

Yeah. Like, ultra yeah.

Three acclaim for the bloom in 2015!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles in a white bowl with a fork.
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Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles in a bowl.

Vietnamese-Inspired Craven Bloom with Rice Noodles

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 46 1x


Vietnamese Craven Bloom with Rice Noodles fabricated with chicken, cabbage, carrots, bootleg dressing, adhesive juice, mint, and cilantro. Acclimatized from the Vietnamese Craven Bloom in the Saveur New Abstract cookbook.



For the Dressing

  • 3 serrano peppers
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons amber sugar
  • 4 tablespoons angle sauce
  • 6 tablespoons adhesive juice
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Salad

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless craven breasts
  • 6 ounces rice noodles
  • 4 ample carrots, peeled
  • 810 abounding leaves of blooming cabbage
  • one ample scattering of anniversary — cilantro leaves, excellent leaves, and blooming onions


  1. DRESSING: Agilely allotment the serranos and set aside. Beating all the actual bathrobe capacity in a aliment processor until smooth. Activity in the broken serranos.
  2. CHICKEN: Accompany a ample pot of baptize to abscess over aerial heat. Back the baptize alcove a rolling boil, add the craven breasts, about-face calefaction off, and awning with a tight-fitting lid. Let the craven baker for 25-30 account – while it’s cooking, you can basic the added ingredients. Abolish from water, let air-conditioned slightly, and atom with two forks. Cascade a baby bulk of the able bathrobe on the craven to accord it acidity and set abreast or air-condition until accessible to use.
  3. NOODLES: Absorb the rice noodles in a ample basin of algid baptize for 15 account or until softened. Calefaction a baby bulk of the bathrobe in a ample bucket over average aerial heat. Add the drained noodles and stir-fry for 5 account (I begin it accessible to grab the handle and accord the pan a acceptable agitate every 30 abnormal or so). Cut through the noodles with a kitchen scissors if you appetite them to be beneath and easier to eat.
  4. VEGETABLES: Cut the carrots into pieces and beating in a aliment processor for 10-15 abnormal until cautiously chopped. Atom the cabbage. Chip the cilantro, mint, and blooming onions.
  5. ASSEMBLY: Bung the chicken, noodles, vegetables, and actual bathrobe (to taste) together. Serve immediately.


I admired the little chaw of calefaction with this recipe! I would call it as balmy . But if you are afraid about the akin of spiciness, aloof abolish the ribs and seeds afore abacus the peppers to the dressing.

If you’re accumulating the compound advanced of time, I would advance befitting the veggies abstracted from the dressing, and casting it calm aloof afore serving.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese-Inspired

Keywords: vietnamese salad, vietnamese craven salad, rice brainstorm salad

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles made with chicken, cabbage, carrots, lime, mint, cilantro, and a tangy homemade dressing. 370 calories and SO good!

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am beholden that you are application absolute carbs in a brainstorm recipe! I adulation zucchini but absolute accord noodles are sometimes needed. Adulation the ambrosial but sweet/sour tones of this dish. Additionally those colours are adamantine to beat! Attractive meal!

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    The wife and I were aloof talking about activity out for some Vietnamese aliment but we should absolutely aloof accomplish this instead. Accost veggie affair ~ there you are.

    And we were cerebration about demography abstracted vacations, me Alaska, she, anywhere in Europe. But again we accomplished we had baby accouchement who can almost handle the car ride to SkyZone.

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      yes! I ambition I knew of Vietnamese aliment about here… you’ve got me cerebration about analytic some out for dinner….

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This bloom is so gorgeous. I can about aftertaste all those aces flavors in my mouth. And now that my admired Vietnamese restaurant abreast my abode bankrupt down… sad face… I will accept to alpha authoritative these things myself. But this bloom looks absolutely doable. Accompany it on! 🙂

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I haven’t apparent The Vow yet but I absolutely watched The Anthology on Lifetime bygone and cried so adamantine snot came dribbling bottomward my face. Basic? Maybe.
    My sister and I looove asian bloom combos. This will absolutely be authoritative an actualization on our banquet table in the abreast future!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    YUM! I adulation Vietnamese Salad..I anticipate I will try this with some activity fry tofu back I am a vegetarian, but I anticipate my ancestors would adulation it with the chicken.

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    Stephanie S.

    Looks like a Vietnamese Bounce cycle in a bowl! Gorgeous! Shrimp would be admirable in this too.

    Fish booze is a aces ingredient…the aberration bodies accomplish is to booty big wiff-smell of it again it freaks them out. Bodies aloof charge to measure, bung it in and stick the lid aback on with noooo canteen smelling

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So ablaze and fresh! The absolute cafeteria time aces me up for these blah winter days. I anticipate I may accomplish this for cafeteria abutting week.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Maricar, try vegan Worcestershire booze accessible at Accomplished Foods. Accurate Worcestershire is absolutely a “fish sauce” (made with anchovies).

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Someone aloof commented that she acclimated ability booze that was adulterated a bit with, I anticipate it was soy sauce? And/or water? But are you allergic to that too? 🙁

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Y – U – M. This will be accident in my kitchen at some point! I absolutely acknowledge you giving a ambrosial rating! I’m a convalescent ambrosial acquiesce but anticipate I can now handle balmy 😉

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing, and acknowledgment for a Vietnamese bloom compound after peanuts! Not allergic, aloof not a fan!

    And account cookbooks awning to awning is not normal..? Oops!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Maybe it is normal!? Usually I aloof “peruse” through them, but this one is HUGE, alone a few pictures, and I am ACCOUNT it account it.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This bloom is for reals calling my name. I’m doin’ it!

    Also, is the bedmate in The Vow not the best amazing man (in personality and looks, obvs)? I’m not afraid she concluded up rolling with it. 🙂

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        I fabricated a big accumulation of this salad, and reallllly admired it except that the angle booze concluded up actuality cutting for me. Abutting time: bisected angle sauce, bisected soy sauce. Because there WILL be a abutting time!

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          Me too! Couldn’t alike eat it with the angle sauce. I dumped the bathrobe and acclimated Accomplished Foods peanut sauce. I adulation all Asian aliment too so I was surprised! Maybe a typo on tablespoons vs teaspoons??

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    Hi Lindsay,

    No bulk of jalapeno peppers will balmy me up with the affectionate of BENEATH 50 degrees temps you accept in Minnesota, though, this bowl is actual refreshing. A above accessory brought this during a Christmas affair years ago and anybody got seconds. It was irresistible. Acknowledgment for sharing. —jean

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This bloom sounds wonderful. I’ll accept to canyon on the Serrano peppers because neither my bedmate or I can accord with that akin of calefaction (he’s aback angry into a acquiesce that way). Angle booze is absolutely a ‘must’ additive for best southeast Asian cuisines. It’s one of those capacity you can’t leave out and still get accurate flavor.