Mix soy sauce, oil, five-spice powder, and sugar in a shallow dish. Turn chicken in marinade and let stand 5 to 10 minutes.
Heat a large pot of water to boiling.
Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Oil cooking grate, using tongs and a wad of oiled paper towels. Grill chicken, covered, turning once, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes.
Add vermicelli to pot of water and turn off heat. Let stand until soft, 5 to 10 minutes; drain.
Divide noodles among dinner bowls. Thickly slice chicken, set on noodles, and top with carrots, herbs, and peanuts. Serve with dressing.
My daughter and I are addicted to the trader Joe's 5 spice Chicken Salad and this replicates it. We set this up for our family like a salad bar so everyone can put together their salads with the ingredients that they like. I usually add some thinly sliced cucumber, red pepper, and thinly sliced cabbage to the salad bar to increase the nutritional value. The cilantro and mint are key in my mind to making this so flavorful. Leftovers are great for lunch; I keep the dressing separate. Everyone is happy when this is on our dinner menu.
I've made this dish about five times now. So incredibly flavorful, yet easy to make and fairly light. The chicken is incredibly tender. The accompanying dressing is authentic and tasty.
My only gripe (not much of one) is that the dressing is so intense that it drowns out the fabulous flavor of the chicken. I think the chicken would be great in other dishes, too, where its flavor could be on greater display. Nonetheless, this dish all put together is fantastic.
I used Brown Rice Vermicelli to make it healthier, but otherwise the recipe really is pretty perfect as is.
This recipe is a keeper! The chicken turned out tender & juicy with lots of flavor. The best bite is the one with a little bit of everything...chicken, rice noodle, dressing, carrot, and peanut...the flavors are amazing together! I doubled the marinade and dressing but I wouldn't do that again because it definitely isn't necessary.