Edit ModuleShow Tags

Recipe: Vietnamese Chicken Patties


Terry Brennan

We’re right in the thick of grilling season and the all-American beef burger isn’t the only way to use ground meat on the grill. In this recipe by cookbook author and meat expert Bruce Aidells, which appeared in Real Food, ground chicken gets a flavorful Asian flair and provides a way to mix things up in your repertoire. And there are a number of ways to serve these chicken patties: with Vietnamese sweet vinegar dipping sauce and lots of salad greens and herbs; on a bed of cooked thin Asian rice noodles or cooked vermicelli with an assortment of herbs; or simply as a burger garnished with lettuce, herbs, red onions, and mayonnaise mixed with a little of the dipping sauce. (If serving as a burger, skip the noodles.) You can buy pre-ground chicken at the grocery store, but Aidells likes to make his own to make sure there’s plenty of flavorful dark meat in there.

Vietnamese Ground Chicken Patties

Makes 4 servings

Ground chicken patties
1¼ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into ½-inch dice
     or 1¼ lbs. ground chicken
3 green onions (white and green parts) finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. finely chopped ginger
2 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Cold noodle salad
½ lb. dried bun (Vietnamese rice vermicelli), cooked until soft but still firm, 4 to 6 minutes, rinsed and drained
     or ½ pound Italian vermicelli, cooked and drained

6-8 leaves red leaf or romaine lettuce, washed and shredded
2 c. bean sprouts
1 c. thinly sliced cucumber
½ c. shredded carrot
½ c. thinly sliced sweet red onion
20 sprigs cilantro
10 sprigs Thai basil or sweet basil
Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (see below)

Chill the diced chicken in the freezer until firm, about 15 minutes. Place in a food processor and pulse several times to make a coarse ground mixture. (If using pre-ground chicken there is no need for this step.)

Transfer ground chicken to a mixing bowl. Add the green onions, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, brown sugar, salt, and pepper to the bowl and stir to blend. Shape the ground chicken into 8 patties about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick. Set them aside until ready to cook.

Preheat a grill or broiler to medium-high heat. Grill the patties until the meat is done and the edges are nicely charred on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. (You can also cook in a frying pan). Transfer to a serving plate. Set the dining table with a platter of cold rice noodles and bowls of the garnishes.

To serve, let diners serve themselves a portion of noodles and provide them each with a small bowl of dipping sauce. Let each diner dip a couple of patties into the dipping sauce, then lay them on top of the noodles. Encourage each guest to garnish with an assortment of salad greens and fresh herbs then drizzle over some dipping sauce to dress the mixture.

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. Japanese rice vinegar
13 c. fish sauce
23 c. warm water
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. finely chopped hot green chile such as Serrano or jalapeño (optional)

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except the chile and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add optional chile if desired. Divide into 4 small bowls and serve.

If using as a flavoring agent with mayonnaise add mayonnaise to taste, then serve with Vietnamese burgers.


Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

VOTE: Girl Scouts Team Up with Hi-Lo Diner

Girl Scout cookie pies, donuts, and shakes—and you choose the local troop to get the sale

Pepito’s to Become El Burrito Minneapolis

The Pepito’s/Parkway Theater combo is sold to local entrepreneurs who have a restaurant tenant and theater remodeling plans.

James Beard Semifinalists Are Cheaper by the Dozen

Ten chefs and two restaurants were named to the 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist list

Banana Pudding Pie Recipe

Make some new sweet memories with a retro dessert

Bonterra Vineyards and the Future of Organic Farming

Learn how Bonterra Organic Vineyards set the standard for organic winemaking, then sample Bonterra at this year's Food & Wine Experience March 3-4, 2018

10 Best Friday Fish Fries for Lent

Christian or not, get your fried fish here around the Twin Cities

3 Things to Eat This Week: Valentine's Edition

If you forgot to make reservations for Valentine's Day week, you're not too late—these, ahem, romantic spots will still have you

Kimchi and Gruyère Pizza Recipe

Step up your pizza game with outside-the-box homemade pie

Great Breakfast with Great Coffee

Stellar food, top-tier coffee—at these Twin Cities restaurants
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags