If you’re looking for a Vermicelli noodles recipe, look no further. This is my new favourite recipe.
This chicken Vermicelli recipe tastes as good as a Chinese takeaway, whilst being lighter and fresher.
The salty, umami packed combo of the sweet soy sauce and regular soy sauce, with the chicken, vermicelli noodles and veggies makes for the most delicious, balanced meal. It’s ideal for a weeknight dinner, as you can whip it up in under 30 minutes.
Vermicelli noodles are thin noodles, that are often referred to as rice noodles or rice sticks. They are made of either rice flour or mung bean starch, depending on which noodles you buy.
Asian Vermicelli noodles originated in China and they’re often used in stir-frys.
Dishes you might see with these noodles include; Singapore style noodles, Vietnamese pho, chicken noodle soup, chicken stir fry with noodles, Vermicelli salad bowls, Chinese Vermicelli and rice noodles
Often paired with pork, Singapore style noodles. And my fave, chicken vermicelli noodles
The star of the show for this recipe. The thin noodles are light and delicious. They absorb the flavours of the recipe so well and make for the best foundation for this stir-fry recipe.
For nutrients, crunch and sweetness.
I love the flavour and volume that the Chinese cabbage adds to this chicken vermicelli recipe. It looks like a lot of cabbage but once you get cooking, it reduces down significantly.
For crunch and flavour.
I use thinly sliced chicken breast, which is marinated in sweet soy sauce and cooked on a high heat with the garlic. This results in the most tender chicken, which mimics Chinese takeaway chicken.
This is a sweeter version of an aromatic soy sauce, which has more of a syrupy texture to it. It provides the best sauce to pair with our noodles, veggies and chicken.
For a crunchy kick of flavour to top our noodles with.
I use 4 garlic cloves for this recipe as it can take it, if you’re a garlic hater though you can use less cloves/no cloves.
A kick of acidity (along with the rice vinegar) to balance the salty, sweet flavours in the Vermicelli recipe.
Add the noodles to boiling water and cover with a lid or plate for 2 minutes. Remove the lid and drain before drying and adding to the vegetables.
Start by chopping the carrots into thin matchsticks and the Chinese leaf cabbage and the onions into thin slices.
To a bowl, add the thinly sliced chicken breast. Add 1 tbsp of the sweet soy sauce and stir to evenly coat.
Add the rapeseed oil to a large frying pan and increase the heat to medium. The chicken should cook quickly as it’s thinly sliced, so fry for around 4 minutes then set the chicken and garlic aside, deglazing the pan with a splash of water.
Set the chicken and garlic aside, deglazing the pan with a splash of water ready to add the vegetables.
Add the remaining rapeseed oil to the pan along with the chopped cabbage, onion and carrots. Season with salt and fry on high for around 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the Vermicelli noodles to a bowl of boiling water, cover and leave 2 minutes to soften.
Also combine the sweet soy sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and cornstarch in a mixing jug. Once the veggies have softened, add the sauce and noodles into the pan, stirring to combine.
Add the chicken and continue to cook until the sauce thickens, this should take around 2 minutes.
Serve with a sprinkle of chopped spring onion, coriander and chilli flakes.
Yes, this recipe is great for meal prep. You could either prep the veggies and chicken soy sauce marinade ahead of time and pop in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
Or you could make the whole recipe from start to finish, store in individual meal prep containers and refrigerate for 4-5 days.
To reheat, you could stir fry the noodles in a non-stick frying pan over a high heat for a minute or two. Or reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes on high. Then add sliced spring onion and coriander over your chicken Vermicelli.
Yes you can freeze this chicken Vermicelli recipe for up to 3 months. Freeze in individual portions, so you can grab a portion when you want to tuck into it.
Remove from the freezer the morning that you want to eat it for dinner and leave to thaw. Then follow the steps above to reheat.
Can I substitute the Vermicelli noodles with other noodles?
Yes! You could use egg noodles instead, which would work perfectly with the flavours in this chicken recipe. Follow the packet instructions to cook the egg noodles and add them into the pan at the same time that you would with the rice noodles.
Are Vermicelli noodles gluten free?
They are gluten free! Usually noodles are made with durum wheat, which contains gluten. Whereas Vermicelli rice noodles are made with rice flour, thus making them gluten free!
Do I have to use sweet soy sauce?
Sweet soy sauce is richer in flavour and thicker in texture. It makes for a saucier sauce buuut if you want to make this in a hurry and only have soy sauce, it’ll still be delicious. Just add a tbsp of honey for some sweetness.
Where can I buy Vermicelli noodles?
Most large supermarkets have Vermicelli noodles in the ‘world food’ isles. This is also where you can find the sweet soy sauce.