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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lao-Style Chicken Baguette Sandwiches


Robotics, dance class, library program and Target's 90% of summer sale, oh my!  So when I spotted this recipe, I thought of Food TV Great Food Truck Race and the Nom Nom truck.
The recipe calls for watercress but my one stop shop didn't have it so I opted for baby arugula and fearful of the spiciness I eyed the ingredient for the Chile-Garlic sauce.
First question as they sat down, "What is in it? Take out the tomatoes".  "But I just picked the tomatoes from our garden."  Another one agrees to try it as is and the third on demands that she makes her own sandwich.  Sold after the first bite.  "Yum", cried out in unison.  "I want more sauce."  "My stomach is dancing!!!"

Lao-Style Chicken Baguette Sandwiches with Watercress
from Sebastien Rubis
 Chile-Garlic Sauce
1/8 cup grapeseed oil
1 large shallot, thinly sliced and separated into rings
3 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1/8 cup Korean coarse red pepper powder (I used chili pepper powder)
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce

~ heat a small skillet over moderate heat
~ add the oil
~ add the shallot rings and cook over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes
~ with a slotted spoon, transfer the shallot rings to a bowl
~ add the garlic to the hot oil and cook over moderately low heat, stirring a few times, until golden, about 1 minute
~ with a slotted spoon, transfer the garlic to the bowl
~ add the ginger to the skillet and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes
~ add the red pepper powder and sugar and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds
~ scrape the sauce into the bowl
~ stir in the fish sauce

1-tablespoon vegetable oil
2 boneless chicken breast halves, (6 ounces each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chile-Garlic Sauce
Four 6-inch lengths of baguette, split and toasted
1 small bunch baby organic argula
2 medium organic tomatoes, sliced
1 cup coarsely shredded organic carrots

~ heat a medium skillet
~ heat the oil
~ season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet, skin side down. Cook over moderately high heat until 4 minutes
~ reduce the heat to moderate
~ turn the chicken breasts over and cook until white throughout, about 5 minutes longer
~ transfer the chicken breasts to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes  
~ slice the chicken crosswise 1/3 inch thick
~ spread the chile-garlic sauce on the cut sides of the baguettes and spread mayonnaise on top 
~ fill the sandwiches with the arugula, chicken, tomatoes and carrots and serve  


  1. Yum! This looks like one amazing sandwich!

  2. Too cute! I love making sandwich's! This one looks awesome!


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