My second Donna Hay recipe is one of my favorite recipes in general; springrolls… Not the fried variety but the fresh ones made from ricepaper. It’s so easy to make and so incredibly delicious. I made these before with a homemade sate sauce (which would also work really well here I think) and one with crispy prawns in a coating of coconut.
This one is different again as it features rice inside and chicken and ofcourse cucumber (don’t they look pretty?) I used red rice because that’s what I had lying around but you could easily use quinoa, regular rice or bulghur .
I did use the Thai basil for this recipe as I feel it is essential for the right flavors. You can use the italian basil as well, but I find the taste very different. The Thai variety has a bit of a minty flavor while the Italian one is a bit sweeter. The homemade sweet chili sauce is delicious and I’ll definitely be making this more often with recipes like this. The taste is a bit more spicy than the variety you buy in the store. Less sweet too. Try it for yourself!
Chicken springrolls with chili dressing
- 65 gr brown rice
- 250 ml water
- 8 ricepaper sheets
- 3 lebanese cucumbers, sliced thinly lengthways
- 160 gr cooked chicken, shredded
- 1 cup coriander leaves
- 1 cup Thai basil leaves
- micro basil leaves (optional, als garnish)
- 60 ml fish sauce
- 60 ml rice wine vinegar
- 55 gr brown sugar
- 125 ml water
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 long red chili peppers, seeds removed and finely chopped
- 2 tbsp of lime juice
- Cook the rice according to package instructions and leave to cool.
- While the rice is cooking make the chili dressing. Put vinegar, fishsauce, garlic, water and the brown suigar in a small saucepan and dissolve the sugar while stirring
- Turn the heat up and leave to cook for 6-8 minutes or until it is reduced a bit and has become sirupy. Ad the chili and the lime and set aside to cool.
- Soften the ricepaper by dipping it in a large bowl of lukewarm water for about ten seconds. Lay down on a clean surface and put the cucumberslices on top slightly overlapping each other. Put two teaspoons of rice on one side of the cucumber, add the chicken slices, two thai basil leaves and two coriander leaves and roll tightly.
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve the springrolls with the chili dressing