Gochujang Chicken Banh Mi with Daikon Pickle

Gochujang Chicken Banh Mi with Daikon Pickle

Prep time: 1 hour active, 4-24 hours inactive | Cook time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 Servings, with extra daikon pickle

Bahn Mi, or Vietnamese style sandwiches, are such a mind-blowing treat with the addition of cilantro, jalapeno, and pickled daikon and carrots. Gochujang is Korea’s answer to ketchup. Tangy, sweet, and a tad bit spicy, it’s a great marinade for chicken. This sandwich takes a little bit of effort but is well worth the payoff. Serve with extra daikon pickle on the side, along with Sriracha, hoisin, and fresh lime. 


Ingredients for the Daikon Pickle:

2 carrots, peeled and sliced into matchsticks (about 2 cups)

1 pound daikon radish, peeled and sliced into matchsticks (about 4 cups)

1-4  jalapenos, halved lengthwise

1 cup vinegar (rice or distilled white)

½ cup water

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

Place vegetables in a glass bowl or jar. Boil the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt until dissolved, pour over vegetables. Cool and cover in fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Pickle will keep for 2 weeks.


Ingredients for Gochujang Chicken:

4 small chicken breasts

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. sesame oil

2 tbsp. gochujang paste

1 tsp. soy sauce or tamari

1 tsp. sugar

1 tbsp. rice vinegar

1 tsp chopped fresh ginger

Mix all of the above in a bowl, cover and marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour in the fridge. You can bake the chicken in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, or place on a hot grill for 5 minutes per side.


Ingredients for Banh Mi:

8 slices Alvarado Street Bakery Sprouted Wheat California Style Bread, toasted


Fresh cilantro sprigs

Fresh mint (optional)

Sliced jalapenos (optional)

Hoisin (optional)

Sriracha (optional)

Lime wedges (optional)


Place 4 slices of CA Style bread on a platter. Spread a thin layer of mayo on each slice, top with gochujang chicken and ¼ cup of the daikon pickle, drained. Customize each banh mi as desired, top with the remaining 4 slices.