About this recipe:These are similar to spring rolls, only healthier. They are made by enclosing a deliciously light chicken filling, in a rice paper wrapper. They are wonderful for summer. Serve with a hot-chilli sauce for dipping.
Makes: 16 rolls
900g skinless chicken breast fillets
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh root ginger
2 tablespoons finely chopped Jalapeno chilli
65g cucumber, peeled, cut into very thin strips
4 tablespoons finely chopped Thai basil leaves
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped lemon grass
75g peanuts, ground in a food processor
4 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut oil
16 rice paper wrappers
16 leaves red or green leaf lettuce
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Method Prep:1hr › Cook:20min › Ready in:1hr20min
Bring a large pot of lightly-salted water to the boil. Season the chicken with salt and cook in the boiling water until no longer pink in the centre, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large serving plate and allow to cool completely in refrigerator. Shred into small pieces once cooled.
Combine the shredded chicken, ginger, Jalapeno pepper, cucumber, basil, mint, coriander, lemon grass and peanuts in a large mixing bowl; toss until evenly distributed. Whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, sesame oil and groundnut oil in a small bowl; add to the chicken mixture and mix with your hands until evenly coated.
Fill a shallow pan with hot water. Dip the rice paper wrappers in the hot water until soft one at a time. Spread the rice paper onto a clean, flat surface. Place 1 leaf of lettuce into the centre of a sheet of rice paper; spread about 5 tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto the lettuce leaf. Fold the bottom end of the rice paper over the top of the mixture and then roll into a cylinder. Repeat until all ingredients are used. Cut into halves to serve.
These can be found in some Indian/South Asian stores. If unavailable, substitute in Scotch Bonnets or other chillies that you prefer.
Thai basil and rice paper wrappers are available at Chinese/Oriental stores. Thai basil can be substituted for Italian basil.