Banh Mi Sandwiches
These aren’t the most authentic (we skipped the pâté and didn’t pickle our veggies, for starters) but they are seriously good. Buy the cheapest “French-style” baguette you can find—the fancy ones won’t give you the right texture.
for the marinated chicken:
1 3-inch piece lemongrass, cut into ¼-inch slices
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 small or ½ large shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
¼ cup sunflower oil
6 cilantro sprigs
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
for the spicy mayo:
½ cup vegenaise
2 tablespoons sriracha
juice of ½ lime
for the sandwiches:
1 baguette or 4 french baguette rolls
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
1 small or ½ large English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
12 whole cilantro stems
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. To make the marinade, combine all ingredients except the chicken in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl or baking dish with the chicken, and marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes or in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
3. When ready to assemble, pop the baguette in the oven for a couple of minutes to crisp it up.
4. Meanwhile, cook chicken in a grill pan over medium high heat until nicely browned and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes per side.
5. Combine vegenaise, sriracha, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. Cut baguette in half, and spread each side generously with spicy mayo.
6. Slice chicken thighs and fill the baguette with chicken, grated carrot, sliced cucumber, sliced jalapeno and cilantro stems.
Originally featured in An End of Summer Picnic