A healthier version of a banh mi sandwich, this amazing chicken meatball bahn mi sandwich recipe is super flavorful and from one of my favorite cookbooks: 100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh. If you’re interested, here is a list of my favorite cookbooks!
A Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that is traditionally layered with pork, pickled vegetables (especially important for a textural crunch), jalapeno, cilantro, mint, pate and mayo and topped with Sriracha.
Banh Mi sandwiches originated as a street food in Saigon. In my opinion, some of the best food comes from street carts or food trucks. I am shamelessly obsessed with food trucks. I think they offer a great launching pad for budding chefs to test out recipes and cuisines. But I digress…back to the recipe!
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After the vegetables are made, it’s time to whip up the spicy mayonnaise. For this, I like to use a little trick; just simply combine mayonnaise and something like Sriracha sauce and viola – spicy mayo! If you’d prefer the authentic way of preparing it, take a peak at the recipe card for more info. Either version is super delish and will work wonderfully on this sandwich.
Now, onto the meatballs! These seem daunting because of the number of ingredients, but they come together easily and they’re totally worth it. Side note though, you can absolutely use frozen meatballs if you’re in a hurry or don’t have all of the ingredients. I’ve certainly done it on those super busy days and the sandwich is still super tasty.
Once your meatballs are formed and cooked, it’s time to assemble your sandwich!
- Slice your rolls
- Spread with spicy mayo
- Add meatballs
- Top with pickled vegetables, jalapeno and cilantro sprigs
You’re now a Banh Mi expert – I hope you enjoy this amazing chicken meatball banh mi recipe, enjoy!