Recipe courtesy of Justin Chapple

Rice Noodle Bowls with Sweet Chili Chicken

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
One of my favorite Vietnamese dishes is bun thịt nuong, which consists of cold or room temperature rice vermicelli topped with grilled pork and pickled and fresh vegetables. When I can't get to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant, I make this easy and tasty riff at home. It's layered with incredible flavor, which comes from sweet and tangy stir-fried chicken, aromatic basil and the best-ever quick pickles. Don't have the rice noodles? Swap in your favorite grain, pasta or spiralized vegetable.



  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil, then add a small handful of salt. Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of the canola oil and toss to coat.
  2. While the noodles cook, in a medium bowl, mix the cucumber, onion and jalapeno with the 1/4 cup rice vinegar and a generous pinch of salt. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the sweet chili sauce with the soy sauce, cornstarch and the remaining 1 tablespoon of the rice vinegar. In a large cast-iron skillet or wok, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili sauce mixture and cook until the chicken is glazed, about 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the noodles to bowls and top with the chicken. Serve with the pickled vegetables and basil leaves.