Spicy Fish Sauce Chicken Wings with Vermicelli Salad

Serving Size: 6
Total Time:

These wings are sauced with a vinaigrette made from fish sauce and coconut water and served on top of a refreshing noodle salad that’s packed with herbs.


  • 0.5 Pound rice vermicelli
  • 0.5 cup mint leaves
  • 0.5 cup basil leaves
  • 0.5 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 4 shiso leaves, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Canola oil, for greasing
  • 2 Pound chicken wings
  • Kosher salt
  • 0.5 cup roasted peanuts, crushed
  • 3 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1.5 cup coconut water
  • 0.5 cup Asian fish sauce
  • 0.33 fresh lime juice
  • 3 Thai chiles, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, tender inner white bulb only, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 cup shredded red cabbage
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish


  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook the vermicelli until al dente, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain, transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool and drain well.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the coconut water with the fish sauce, lime juice, chiles, lemongrass, garlic and sugar. Refrigerate the fish sauce vinaigrette until chilled.
  3. In a bowl, toss the shredded red cabbage and iceberg lettuce with the peanuts, mint, basil, cilantro, chives and shiso (if using).
  4. Light a grill and lightly brush the grate with canola oil. Season the chicken wings with salt. Grill over moderate heat, turning once, until the wings are crisp and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer the grilled wings to a large bowl and toss with 1/2 cup of the fish sauce vinaigrette until thoroughly coated.
  5. Pile the cabbage-and-herb salad on a serving platter. Toss the vermicelli with some of the fish sauce vinaigrette and arrange on top of the salad. Top with the grilled chicken wings and drizzle with some of the fish sauce vinaigrette. Garnish the salad with sliced scallions and serve the wings warm, with the remaining fish sauce vinaigrette on the side.

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Recipe Credit: Danny Bowien
Image Credit: Con Poulos