This easy banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) recipe features crunchy sweet-and-sour pickles, rich and tender chicken finished with a tangy lime mayo and fresh cilantro for a healthy, mouthwatering meal.
Combine water, vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add carrots and cucumber; cook for 1 minute. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. Drain.
Mix mayonnaise, lime juice, fish sauce and pepper in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Split baguette portions horizontally. Hollow out the tops and bottoms, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on the top halves. Layer chicken, the carrot mixture and cilantro on the bottom halves. Top with jalapeño, if desired.
3 starch, 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 lean protein, 1/2 other carbohydrate