A few weeks ago I made some Vietnamese rice paper rolls with fresh veggies, Thai style herbs, mint and coriander and poached chicken (they were fantastic by the way) and worked really well for a low calorie lunch. Tonight I’m preparing the Rice Paper Chicken wraps , pretty much the same thing, but without the Thai herbs. They look authentic enough, and they stick to the less than 300 calories per serving that I need them to for my “Fast Diet”
Up until this diet I had never made rice paper rolls. I enjoyed them, I just assumed they were too difficult to make, would be time consuming or really fiddly. The truth is these are not difficult to make at all. Sure you need to do a little prep, grate a carrot, poach a bit of chicken and shred it, maybe chop a few herbs, but the actual assembly is pretty quick. The manufacturers instructions usually go something like this. Soak in warm water for 30 seconds, remove and lay on a flat damp surface, take a spoonful/small handful of filling and place about one third of the way up the wrapper. Fold the bottom up, the left and right sides in, and roll into a log. It takes me about 30 seconds per roll, so I put one in to soak as I remove the one I’m about to roll. That’s it really, fill them with whatever you like. Next time I’m going to try a Thai green curry filling. Enjoy!
paper wraps – serves 2
300gms Chicken breast, poached and ripped into strips
1 Medium carrot grated
1 medium spring onion including green chopped thinly
100 grams mung beans
1 handful of Rocket chopped into 5cm length
1/4 cup parsley chopped
8 x 22 cm rice paper wrappers
300 Calories per serving
2 tblsp fish sauce
0.5 tsp fresh chilli chopped
3 tblsp lemon juice
1/4 tablespoon brown sugar
Prepare the rice paper rolls s per manufacturers instructions. Lay the rounds on a damp cloth, lay thin strips of chicken in the bottom third of the wrapper, add a heaped tablespoon of the salad mixture, fold the bottom third over the filling, tuck in the sides and roll into a log shape. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Should make approx 8 rolls.
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well until sugar dissolves.