RICE PAPER ROLLS WITH CHICKEN
(serves 6-8 as an entrée)
A great snack, entrée or lunch dish. Sometimes created simply as vegetarian rolls or with cooked prawns or re-hydrated dried shrimp instead of chicken. Hoisin and chilli sauce is not traditional. Many, or all, of the ingredients you will find at a supermarket and all of them at an Asian supply store.
450g chicken thighs (skin on, bone out)
1 tsp flaky sea salt
30g green bean thread vermicelli
125ml (1/2 cup) Hoisin sauce
15ml (1 tbsp) Thai sweet chilli sauce
80g salted peanuts (roughly chopped)
100g Iceberg lettuce (finely shredded)
1/4 cup finely chopped mint plus extra for garnish
55g (4) spring onions (finely sliced)
90g (12 sheets) 17cm round rice paper wrappers
65g (1/2) red pepper (deseeded and cut into thin strips)
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- To cook chicken: Place chicken thighs, skin side up, onto an oven tray and roast for 20-25 minutes or till chicken juices run clear. Allow to cool.
- Bring a pot of water to the boil and add salt. Cook vermicelli in boiling water, uncovered, for 7-8 minutes or till al dente. Run under cold water and drain thoroughly.
- Once chicken is cold, remove skin and cut chicken into thin slivers. Combine chicken with Hoisin sauce, chilli sauce and peanuts.
- Place lettuce, chopped mint and spring onions into a bowl and toss together.
- To assemble rice paper rolls: Fill a flattish dish (large enough to take rice paper sheets) with hot water. Dip a rice paper wrapper into water for 30 seconds or till soft and pliable. Lay rice paper onto a board and pat dry with a paper towel. If this is the first time you have done this it may take you several attempts to get it right.
- Place lettuce mixture in centre of rice paper (in a strip) and top with two strips of red pepper. Spread vermicelli along salad and top with a generous amount of chicken mixture. Roll up tightly, folding in one end as you go. Continue till all ingredients are used up.
- Store in a container lined with plastic wrap with damp paper towels between each layer.
- To serve: Cut rolls in half and garnish with mint.