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If you’re looking for something different to switch up your dinner routine, these lemongrass chicken rice noodle bowls are packed with flavor and will leave you satisfied!

overhead shot of lemongrass chicken skewers with rice noodles

Lemongrass Chicken Rice Noodle Bowls

This lemongrass chicken rice noodle bowl recipe is a Vietnamese-inspired dish that is made by layering simple ingredients in a bowl, then letting everyone top it with whatever they want.

The flavorful lemongrass chicken and crunchy fresh vegetables highlight the dish, and the rice noodles really bring everything together.

It’s unlike most recipes you’ve probably made a thousand times. You’ll love how unique and different this recipe is, making it the best addition to your weekly meal plan. Soon it will become a regular staple in your household, as once you try it, you’ll be hooked.

Unlike many noodle salads that can be more like a side dish, this rice noodle bowl will keep you completely satisfied for hours and can hold its own as the main dish for dinner.

up close shot of lemongrass chicken

What is Lemongrass Chicken?

Lemongrass Chicken is an important component of this Vietnamese-inspired noodle recipe. It adds a ridiculous amount of flavor, and you won’t want to leave it out!

Lemongrass Chicken comes to life when fresh chicken is marinated with lemongrass, shallot, sugar, oil, fish sauce, garlic, soy sauce and pepper for a seriously good end result.  You come out with a chicken that is a perfect mixture of sweet and sour, and man is it good!

The Lemongrass Chicken marinade ingredients might seem somewhat lengthy, but it is a quick blending of all the ingredients and then just add your chicken.  Once the marinating is complete, this Lemongrass Chicken can be on your table in less than an hour minutes – which means these Vietnamese-inspired Noodles can be on your table roughly 30 minutes (AKA in your mouth!) if you prep your veggies ahead of time.

What Are Rice Noodles?

Rice noodles are a thin shaped noodle made from rice instead of grain. They come in a range of thicknesses and are white in color. You can usually find rice noodles in the section with other Asian food ingredients since rice noodles are mostly used in Asian dishes.

lemongrass chicken skewers on top of rice noodle bowl with veggies

How To Make A Lemongrass Chicken Rice Bowl

No it might seem like a lot goes into making this recipe, but making lemongrass chicken bowls is quite easy. It all comes together in no time once you get into the swing of things. Pretty much once you have conquered the marinade, it’s all smooth sailing from there.

Take a look at the recipe below!

Do I Have To Use Rice Noodles?

To make this dish the authentic way, you’ll want to use rice noodles, but if you want to switch it up you can use egg noodles, or rice instead.

Really any kind of noodle or rice will work for this, just the rice noodles are the way it is normally served in the Asian culture.

another view and angle of lemongrass chicken skewers on top of rice noodle bowl with veggies

What Can I Add To A Lemongrass Chicken Bowl?

There are so many toppings you can add to a rice noodle bowl. I like to add a variety of things like cucumber slices, carrots Bean sprouts, roasted peanuts.

Tips For Cooking Lemongrass Chicken Skewers

  • To prep the recipe in advance, cover and refrigerate the marinated uncooked chicken skewers overnight; let come to room temperature before grilling. The noodles can also be cooked, covered, and stored in the refrigerator overnight. Just microwave them until just warm when ready to serve.
  • To properly cook meat on a grill pan or grill, don’t forget the skewers. You can use disposable wooden skewers or reusable metal ones. Just make sure any skewers used are safe to be used under high heat.
close up shot of lemongrass chicken skewers on top of rice noodle bowl with veggies

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Lemongrass Chicken Rice Noodle Bowls

Lemongrass chicken rice noodle bowls are packed with flavor and will leave you and your family satisfied!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill time:: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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For the marinade:

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped lemongrass
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped shallot
  • 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons avocado oil or another neutral oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • teaspoon black pepper

For the rest of the dish:

  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1: 8 ounce package uncooked rice stick noodles (maifun)


  • Persian cucumber, shaved into thin strips
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Unsalted roasted peanuts or cashews, coarsely chopped
  • Crispy fried shallots or onions, optional
  • 1 cup Nuoc Cham


  • Pulse all marinadd ingredients in a mini food processor. It'll take about 10 pulses to resemble a slightly coarse puree. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  • Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes and place into marinade bowl. Using your hands, coat and massage the chicken in the marinade then thread onto skewers. If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for 5-10 minutes prior. Let chicken marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • In the meantime, cook the noodles per package instructions and prepare all the toppings and Nuoc Cham.
  • When chicken is done marinading, turn outdoor grill on high. Cook chicken on the grill, turning every so often until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature).
  • Assemble your noodle bowl with a bed of noodles, veggies/toppings, and skewered chicken on top.


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Serving: 1 bowl | Calories: 481 kcal | Carbohydrates: 61 g | Protein: 30 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 135 mg | Sodium: 858 mg | Potassium: 455 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 5 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: grilled chicken dinner ideas, meal prep bowls, vietnamese lemongrass chicken

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