Crispy Chicken & Noodle Salad

You’re not going to believe the crunch on this chicken… and all without deep frying! Served on top of a fresh and vibrant salad, this is the weeknight dinner of champions. Keep your chicken nice and dry before you start with the seasoning – moisture is the enemy of crispiness!


Crispy Chicken & Noodle Salad

5 minutes
20 minutes

180g (6 oz) dried rice vermicelli noodles

2 tsp vegetable oil

4 skin-on chicken thigh fillets

½ tsp ground turmeric

¼ tsp ground black pepper

½ small wombok (Napa cabbage), cut into bite-sized pieces

1 small cucumber, sliced

½ cup mint leaves

3 tbsp roasted peanuts, finely chopped


Thai-style dressing:

3 garlic cloves

4 bird’s eye chillies

1 tbsp finely shaved palm sugar

3 tbsp fish sauce

3 tbsp lime juice

  • Step 1

    To make the Thai-style dressing, use a mortar and pestle to pound the garlic and chillies to a rough paste. Then add the palm sugar, fish sauce and lime juice. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

  • Step 2

    Soak the rice vermicelli noodles in hot water for 2 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse under water until cool. Use scissors to roughly cut noodles into more manageable lengths. Set aside for later.

  • Step 3

    Toss the cabbage and cucumber with a pinch of salt and use your hands to mix and massage the salt into the vegetables. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Then squeeze them dry and add them to the cooked noodles.

  • Step 4

    For the chicken, pat chicken pieces dry with paper towel. Season with salt and add the turmeric and pepper. Mix well. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add 2 teaspoons of oil, then add the chicken pieces skin side down. Place a sheet of baking paper over the top. Then place another heavy pan on top to evenly press down on the chicken. Cook for 12 minutes or until a golden, crispy crust forms. Then turn chicken over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until cooked through. Drain on paper towel and then slice.

  • Step 5

    Just before serving, toss the noodles and vegetables with the dressing and mint. Divide among serving bowls and top with the crispy chicken and sprinkle with the peanuts.

  • Notes

    – After mid week meal inspo? Check out our collection of chicken thigh recipes!

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What our customers say

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Cooking for taste

November 29, 2023

Love the recipes so inviting to cook and enjoy

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The Absolute BEST Crispy Chicken and Noodle Salad EVER!!!

April 7, 2023

Made this in no time at all. Straight to the point and easy to understand. I loved this one soo much and my family did as well! The chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I made a few modifications since I didnt have some items on hand like adding raddishes, fresh greens, and cilantro from my garden. The love things super limey so I added double the lime and it came out AMAZING! Thank you Marion for your awesome recipes! You mam are one talented Chef!!!

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Tina C

Delicious summer meal

February 7, 2023

This is one of my favourite go-to summer dishes. Super simple and delicious. If I’m low on time, or can’t get skin on fillets, I just keep it simple and cut the chicken into stir fry sized pieces and cook it like that.

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