Spicy Asian Chicken Spring Rolls! Packed with a spicy and flavorful chicken and lots of veggies. These spring rolls are fresh, delicious and so easy to make!
A friend of mine was hanging out with me and the girls the other day and was surprised that my daughters were eating fruit, grilled cauliflower and zucchini. My kids are far from perfect eaters but they do eat their fruits and vegetables. I am convinced this is because I have given them all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables since they were babies. I also know what they like and how to prepare foods the way they like them.
My kids are also big meat eaters: beef, chicken and pork; they eat everything but chicken is probably their favorite because this is the meat I buy and serve the most.
I like to cook with both chicken breast and chicken thigh meat (and even whole chickens for chicken soup and roasted chicken) but my family loves the dark meat best. They will always ask for the dark meat. Always.
So, to say I purchase a lot of chicken thigh meat is an understatement. I also pay close attention to the labels on the chicken I buy and care about how the chicken was raised, what the chicken was fed etc.
This is why I buy Just BARE chicken for my family. Just BARE chickens are vegetable and grain fed, certified under the Animal Humane Certified™ farm program, and raised with no antibiotics — ever. Just BARE’s caring and experienced farmers are committed to the well being and ethical treatment of all animals and they even put a unique traceability code on every package of Just BARE chicken. You can find out where your chicken was raised and meet the family farmers. It’s just one of the many ways in which they are raising standards across the entire supply chain.
I also love the fact that Just BARE chicken comes in sturdy, clear plastic containers that are easily recyclable, and you can see the chicken clearly through the plastic covering.
I usually serve chicken to my family with roasted or sautéed vegetables, with pasta, or in a spring roll. Asian spring rolls are one of my favorite things to make because of all the fresh vegetables I can put inside. The spicy chicken just takes these spring rolls to a different level. And you have to serve these with my spicy gochujang sauce. If that’s too spicy for you, I also have a great homemade peanut sauce that I love.
I hope you give these Spicy Asian Chicken Spring Rolls a try! And here’s a quick video to show you just how easy it is to wrap these! I hope you enjoy! To find a store near you where you can purchase Just BARE chicken, click here.
- 1 package (1.25 pounds) Just BARE Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ½ cup gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons agave
- 1 teaspoon brown rice vinegar
- ¼ cup sesame oil
- 1 package rice paper wraps for spring rolls (available at all Asian markets; look for the large round ones, comes with 25 sheets of rice paper)
- Large bowl of very hot water
- 4 cups green leaf lettuce, shredded or chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin lengthwise
- 3 large carrots, peeled and julienned
- ½ head read cabbage, shredded
- ¼ cup gochujang
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1½ tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon brown rice vinegar
- roasted sesame seeds
- Place Just BARE boneless skinless chicken thighs into a gallon sized plastic zip top bag. Combine the garlic, soy sauce, gochujang, coconut sugar, honey, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a bowl and mix well.
- Pour the marinade into the plastic bag covering the chicken. Feel free to massage/move the chicken from the outside of the bag a bit to ensure the marinade is evenly distributed. Seal the bag and lay it flat in a large, shallow pan or on a plate.
- Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight, flipping once halfway through.
- When ready to cook, heat a large pan over medium high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and lay the chicken pieces down into the pan. Cook the chicken for about 5 to 8 minutes on each side, with the lid covering your pan. When the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside, and registers 165°F in the thickest part of the chicken thigh with an instant-read thermometer, it’s ready.
- Let the chicken cool for just a few minutes before slicing into strips.
- Once you have all of your vegetables sliced, prepped and ready to go, set up a workstation with all of your ingredients close by. If you’ve rolled spring rolls before, you can use a cutting board or any clean, flat surface but if this is your first time rolling, I recommend working on a non-stick silicone baking mat or something where the rice paper won’t stick so it’s easier for you to work, fold and roll.
- Next to the prepped and cut ingredients, you will need a large bowl of hot to very warm water. I boil water, let it cool down slightly and then pour it into my bowl and then let it cool down slightly so it’s not burning hot. You will need very warm water to work with.
- To begin, grab one sheet of rice paper and dip it into the warm water. Rotate the rice paper around until you have wet the entire sheet. Lay the wet rice paper down on your work surface and top with the vegetables and the spicy chicken strips (start with the lettuce first, the order does not really matter.) Lay the vegetables and chicken on top of the rice paper sheet with at least 2 to 2½ inches of rice paper showing at the bottom.
- Start by folding up the bottom part of the rice paper, up and over your vegetables. Then, fold in each end, the right and the left and then continue rolling the spring roll, firmly but gently so you don’t tear the rice paper, like rolling a sleeping bag until you have rolled to the opposite end. Because the rice paper is sticky, the spring roll will just close and seal on its own. Place the finished spring roll on a non-stick baking sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Be careful not to place the spring rolls too close to each other or they will stick to each other.
- Repeat until all of the rice paper sheets have been used. *Note: you may need to get more hot water to dip the rice paper sheets into as you work.
- To make the gochujang sauce, whisk together all of the ingredients in a small to medium-sized bowl. Taste and adjust any ingredients as needed. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with the spring rolls.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Just BARE Chicken. All opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting me in partnering with the brands and products that I believe in, buy and feed to my family.