Tender chicken breast marinated in grated cucumber, garlic and herbs. Served over fried onion and vermicelli rice with a Creamy red onion and garlic white sauce.
WHATS GOING ON HERE:
Chicken Breast: Chicken breast is a great cut to work with. It’s super versatile and takes on any flavor. Chicken breast can always be swapped out with other cuts of chicken like thighs or even wings.
The Marinade: The marinade is super simple and flavorful. It’s majority cucumber, garlic and olive oil. Cucumber is a low calorie and flavorful marinade that needs only a few hours to work.
Rice and vermicelli: Buttery rice and vermicelli is a chicken and rice staple for me the buttery rice comes fluffed with fried onions and tender vermicelli noodles. making it the perfect bed for the chicken to lay on.
Creamy Red Onion & Garlic Sauce The creamy red onion sauce is really the star of the show. This white sauce is simple with pantry staples on hand. I opted out of adding cucumber to the sauce since cucumber really shines through the chicken. The white sauce can turn red if too much red onion is added to the blend.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST GRILLED CHICKEN & VERMICELLI RICE + RED ONION & GARLIC WHITE SAUCE
creamy sauce: all chicken and rice dishes need a white. traditional white sauce needs a whole heap of garlic and time to tone down. short cut it by cutting the garlic with sour cream and mayonnaise. i do use allot of garlic here so making the sauce ahead will give everything time to come together.
prep & marinade: this chicken dish really benefits from marinating. the cucumber is super flavorful and aromatic so the more time in the marinade the better. i like to let my chicken sit for at least 4 hours but overnighting it will give you the best results.
cooking the chicken: cook the chicken in batches to form a nice crust. overcrowding the pan can cause the chicken to steam resulting in pale chicken. work with medium high temperatures and small batches.
timing: start the rice around the time you start the chicken. that way once the chicken is done the rice is ready to be plated. nothing is worse than finishing your cook and still having to wait to steam rice. set and forget your rice so its piping hot with your chicken.
SIMILAR INGREDIENTS TO:
- CRISPY CHICKEN & COCONUT STICKY RICE BOWL
- SMOKED CHICKEN + HOT BUTTER RICE
- YOGURT LEMON CHICKEN W/ CILANTRO OIL
ENJOY THIS RECIPE WITH:
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