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Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì

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How to Make a Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì 

Say hello to my favourite sandwich and one of the few types of sandwich that I eat – a Bánh Mì. This recipe is for a Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì with sriracha mayo (yum) and we’re sharing how you can make several meals from a batch of yummy lemongrass chicken to make your meal planning all that much easier!

Before we know it the kids will be back in school and we want to make lunches for them and us easier. The kiddos can add the toppings they like and so can you!

lemongrass chicken banh mi with sriracha mayo on a cutting board

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Make sure to look at our lemongrass chicken recipe that you will be using to make these sandwiches. That same recipe also shows how to make Nước chấm which is the fish sauce served with and on a lot of Vietnamese food including the deep fried spring rolls.

bánh mì

We’re also sharing how you can easily make your own pickled veggies to go with this tasty sandwich. You’ll want to make the pickled veggies and lemongrass chicken in advance as they both require marinating time in the fridge.

bánh mì

The good news is you’ll be able to make more than one meal with both the lemongrass chicken and pickled veggies. The pickled veggies can last a long time so make extras!

lemongrass chicken banh mi

If you have a picky eater like I do, good news, they can add whatever toppings they want. If they don’t like the pickled carrots and daikon they can just have it with the sliced cucumbers. They don’t want the sriracha mayo, that’s okay to they can have regular mayo or be like my daughter who doesn’t use any mayo at all. 

lemongrass chicken banh mi

What is a Bánh Mì?

If you’re not familiar with what a Bánh Mì is you’ve been missing out! I’m completely biased though as I’ve said it’s one of the few sandwiches that I like to eat as I grew up eating these tasty delights. Basically a Bánh Mì is a Vietnamese sandwich which is always made on a baguette and can have mayonnaise and usually contains pork or chicken.

lemongrass chicken on a French baguette prepping to make the banh mi

A more traditional Bánh Mì has pork (what I call Vietnamese cold cut meats) and pâté. They are then topped with pickled vegetables usually carrots and daikon along with fresh cucumber, and cilantro. You can also had hot peppers which is also common on a Bánh Mì.

julienned carrots and daikon

The History of the Bánh Mì

The word bánh mì, means “bread” The French introduced Vietnam to the baguette, along with other baked goods in the 1860s, when they ruled Vietnam (1860s-1954). The sandwich had a heavy French influence of course, and the most common one until the 1950s typically had a French sliced ham called jambon-beurre and so that the sandwich wasn’t dry they also added mayonnaise and/or moistened with a mayonnaise or liver pâté spread.

pickled carrots and daikon with hot peppers in a small mason jar

I grew up eating bánh mì very similar to this style but they have evolved over the years and now you can find a wide variety of these sandwiches including lemongrass chicken bánh mì. For those who may not have seen this before the reason I grew up eating bánh mì and other delicious Vietnamese food is because I am half Vietnamese.

My mother and I

I was born in Vietnam, my mother was Vietnamese and my Canadian father met her in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. We came to Canada when I was just a toddler and my mother who went from not knowing how to cook to teaching herself and became known for being an amazing cook not just for Vietnamese food but pretty much everything she ever made.

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lemongrass chicken

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lemongrass chicken banh mi ingredients

Make sure to PIN this Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì recipe.

This recipe is for a Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì with sriracha mayo (yum) and we're sharing how you can make several meals from a batch of yummy lemongrass chicken to make your meal planning all that much easier! Before we know it the kids will be back in school and we want to make lunches for them and us easier. The kiddos can add the toppings they like and so can you!

Make sure to check out our other delicious recipes like the ones below.

lemongrass chicken banh mi

Okay I’m sure you’re ready for the recipe by now right? Let’s get to it shall we? Don’t forget you can get the lemongrass chicken recipe which is part of our Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Bowl Recipe. You can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs which is mentioned in that recipe.

Serve up this healthy noodle bowl recipe with tender chicken, veggies and flavours of lemongrass. The perfect recipe to make #mealprep #ricenoodlebowl #easy #lunch #lightmeal #Vietnamese #lunch #shredded #rotisserie
Lemongrass chicken noodle bowl

Yield: 4

Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì

lemongrass chicken banh mi with sriracha mayo on a cutting board

Enjoy this Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì with sriracha mayo for a tasty but easy lunch any time. Enjoy several different lemongrass chicken meals

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes


  • 2 Cooked Lemongrass Chicken Breasts *
  • Pickled veggies**
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 inch knob of daikon
  • ½ hot pepper
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Baguettes***
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Bunch of cilantro
  • Limes
  • Sriracha Mayo
  • ¼ cup of mayo
  • 1 tsp siracha


  1. If you haven't already make lemongrass chicken per this recipe HERE
  2. When you are ready to assemble your Bánh Mì slice baguettes and place sliced chicken on top. Place veggies on top and top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
  3. Mix mayo and siracha and drizzle on top (you can also spread it on the side of the baguette that doesn’t have the chicken and veggies)


*Prep time does not include the time to make the lemongrass chicken. You'll want to marinate the chicken for at least one hour, longer is better.

**Pickled veggies - make in advance, preferably 24 hours ahead and make extras so you have them on hand the next time you make the Bánh Mì as there will be a next time.

***If you can't find small baguettes get a larger one and cut it to sandwich sizes. You want the long narrow French baguette not an Italian loaf.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 1136mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 24g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

lemongrass chicken banh mi

It may look like a lot of steps to make this lemongrass chicken bánh mì but it’s really not a lot of work. You’re mostly waiting on the chicken and pickled veggies to marinate. Once you have those done you’re now good to go with more than one meal.

bánh mì

You can make the lemongrass chicken bánh mì, you can have the lemongrass chicken with rice or vermicelli noodles and the pickled veggies go with both too! In fact they’re better with the pickled veggies and that’s and they’re served with chicken and beef dishes in Vietnamese restaurants. 

lemongrass chicken banh mi

If you try this recipe let us know how you liked it. 

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By on August 8th, 2021

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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11 thoughts on “Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì”

  1. I would love to make this. So many people are familiar with pho, but I know that fine Vietnamese cooking goes way beyond that. As a matter of fact, why not team this up with pho for a really good meal? I’m going to!

  2. I agree with your daughter, I don’t like mayo either. Yuck! This sandwich looks super yummy. It looks so difficult t make, but your recipe seems pretty easy to follow. I might try to tackle this one soon

  3. First time hearing of this so I must give it a try! Sure we will enjoy since my family loves chicken! I am always looking for new recipes!

  4. What a unique sandwich recipe, it sounds delicious! It definitely has a great flavor combination, I am going to have to make these. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  5. I am such a fan of our local Vietnamese restaurants. So many delicious choices but the lemongrass chicken is my favorite. Thanks for this recipe.

  6. This sandwich looks so mouthwatering. I like everything except the sriracha mayo, this would kill me 🙂

    I love pickled veggies this is something I can make.


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