Chicken Mi Quang Recipe (Mi Quang Ga)

Chicken Mi Quang (Mì Quảng Gà, or Chicken Quang-style Noodle) is a deliciously popular dish from Quang Nam province in the middle of Vietnam, together with Hoi An Chicken Rice or Hoi An Chili Sauce. If Pho represents Hanoi in the North and Com Tam (Broken Rice with pork chop) represents Saigon in the South, Mi Quang with Chicken, Pork, or Shrimp is the symbol of Vietnamese cuisine from the central region of the country. In this post, I’ll show you how to make it.

chicken mi quang recipe

Turmeric Noodles

Known for their distinctive yellow color, Mi Quang’s turmeric noodles can be seen as a special rice noodle. Besides rice flour and corn starch, which are two main ingredients of many types of Vietnamese rice noodles, this yellow noodle also includes turmeric powder. Turmeric powder gives the noodles a vibrant yellow color and a special flavor.

To make Mi Quang, you can buy dried turmeric noodles in Vietnamese/Asian grocery stores. In case you can’t find any, it’s still possible to make them at home. I didn’t find them in my region, so I tried making them myself; it was not difficult at all! Here’s the guide on how to make fresh turmeric noodles.

Turmeric Noodle

There is still another way to make yellow turmeric noodles that you can try, using Pho rice noodles. Simply boil Pho noodles with turmeric powder to dye the noodles yellow like turmeric noodles. In my opinion, the similarity is around 60%. The difference in thickness makes the texture not the same, and the turmeric flavor can’t be as impressive as the original turmeric noodles. However, if you don’t have time to make fresh turmeric noodles, this is the best replacement.

Rice Crackers

One of the toppings that makes Mi Quang so special is the rice cracker (Vietnamese: bánh tráng nướng or bánh đa nướng, which means “toasted rice paper”). Rice crackers play an important role in Vietnamese cuisine, especially in the central part of the country. I remember when I was a kid, there were rice crackers in every grocery store and market. There are two popular types of rice crackers to serve with Mi Quang, one with and one without black sesame.

To make rice crackers, we roast rice paper on an open flame or in a microwave. Of course, roasting rice paper on fire is always the best idea; however, if it’s too inconvenient to light the grill, a microwave becomes the game-changer. Note that when you microwave a rice paper for 1-2 minutes, the cracker will be curly. I don’t like that, but it’s the best choice for a home cooker.

Other Toppings

Besides rice crackers, which are irreplaceable, there are many other toppings for Mi Quang. Fresh vegetables, young eggs, and soft-boiled eggs are some common ones. For vegetables, depending on the availability in your region, you can select lettuce, spring onions, and so on; but in the original version, they are usually baby green mustard, mint leaves, and sliced banana blossom.

Chicken Mi Quang Broth

There are several variations of Mi Quang, including Pork & Shrimp Mi Quang (Mì Quảng Tôm Thịt), Shrimp Mi Quang (Mì Quảng Tôm), Frog Leg Mi Quang (Mì Quảng Ếch), and Chicken Mi Quang (Mì Quảng Gà). The difference between each variation is the broth and the protein parts. Here, for the Chicken Mi Quang Recipe, I used chicken thighs, braised them with shallot, garlic, turmeric powder, and annatto oil to get a deep, rich broth for Mi Quang. Chicken thigh is the optimal option because it’s firm and can be braised for a long time without becoming crumbly.

Chicken Mi Quang Recipe

  • 600g (21oz) dried turmeric noodles (or 1kg – 35oz fresh ones)

Broth

  • 4 chicken thighs (around 600g-21oz)
  • 1L (33.8 fl oz) water
  • 2 tbsp of minced shallot
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • Condiments: turmeric powder, salt, ground pepper, fish sauce, etc.

Other Toppings

  • (Optional) Lettuce, Baby Green Mustard, Mint Leaves, Sliced Banana Blossoms
  • Rice crackers or sesame rice crackers
  • (Optional) Young Eggs, Soft-Boiled Eggs

Instructions

Step 1. Making fresh turmeric noodles/boiling dried turmeric noodles

  • To boil dried turmeric noodles for Mi Quang, you can follow the instructions on the package. It’s similar to boiling Phở or rice vermicelli: add noodles into a pot with water, boil it until it’s boiling, and keep boiling for 5-10 minutes more. Remember to check the doneness of your noodles before turning off the heat.
  • With fresh turmeric noodles, please follow the instructions on how to make them here.
Turmeric noodle
Making fresh turmeric noodles for Mi Quang

Step 2. Cooking Chicken Mi Quang Broth

  • Marinate chicken with minced garlic and shallot, 1 tbsp fish sauce, ½ tsp salt, 1 tbsp turmeric powder, and a pinch of pepper. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, add 2 tbsp of annatto oil (if available) or regular cooking oil to the pan and stir-fry chicken until cooked.
  • Add 1 liter (33.8 fl oz) of water to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and braise the chicken until the water evaporates 75% (around 250ml (1 cup) of broth remaining).
Chicken Mi Quang Broth

Step 3. Preparing Toppings

  • Wash vegetables thoroughly and boil eggs. Refer to how long to boil eggs here. Depending on your preference, you can make soft-boiled, medium-boiled, or hard-boiled eggs.
  • With rice crackers, lay a rice paper in the microwave and microwave it at 900W for 45 seconds -1.5 mins based on the size of the rice papers. Keep an eye on it to not over roast it in the microwave.

Step 4. Assembling everything

  • In a bowl, add turmeric noodles, chicken, young eggs/boiled eggs, vegetables, etc., then pour a ladle (around 40-50ml) of the broth in. Serve with rice crackers.
chicken mi quang recipe
Chicken Mi Quang Recipe

Chicken Mi Quang Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Chicken Mi Quang (Mì Quảng Gà, or Chicken Quang-style Noodle) is a deliciously popular dish from Quang Nam province in the middle of Vietnam

Ingredients

Turmeric Noodles

Broth & Chicken

Other Toppings

Instructions

Step 1. Making fresh turmeric noodles/boiling dried turmeric noodles

  • To boil dried turmeric noodles for Mi Quang, you can follow the instructions on the package. It’s similar to boiling Phở or rice vermicelli: add noodles into a pot with water, boil it until it's boiling, and keep boiling for 5-10 minutes more. Remember to check the doneness of your noodles before turning off the heat.
  • With fresh turmeric noodles, please follow the instructions on how to make them here.Turmeric noodle for mi quangMaking fresh Turmeric Noodles

Step 2. Cooking Chicken Mi Quang’s Broth

  • Marinate chicken with minced garlic and shallot, 1 tbsp fish sauce, ½ tsp salt, 1 tbsp turmeric powder, and a pinch of pepper. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, add 2 tbsp of annatto oil (if available) or regular cooking oil to the pan and stir-fry chicken until cooked.Chicken Mi Quang Recipe
  • Add 1 liter (33.8 fl oz) of water to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and braise the chicken until the water evaporates 75% (around 250ml (1 cup) of broth remaining).Chicken Mi Quang Broth

Step 3. Preparing Toppings

  • Wash vegetables thoroughly and boil eggs. Refer to how long to boil eggs here. Depending on your preference, you can make soft-boiled, medium-boiled, or hard-boiled eggs.soft-boiled eggs
  • With rice crackers, lay a rice paper in the microwave and microwave it at 900W for 45 seconds -1.5 mins based on the size of the rice papers. Keep an eye on it to not over roast it in the microwave.

Step 4. Assembling everything

  • In a bowl, add turmeric noodles, chicken, young eggs/boiled eggs, vegetables, etc., then pour a ladle (around 40-50ml) of the broth in. Serve with rice crackers.Chicken Mi Quang Recipe
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 250g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 395

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