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Chicken and Veggie Spring Rolls

If wanting to keep this vegetarian, simply omit the chicken! Still tastes delicious! I love using already cooked rotisserie chicken for these! It saves time and the chicken is already flavorful and delicious! Recipe makes about 8 to 10 spring rolls.
Prep Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main or Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Hip Foodie Mom

Ingredients

For the spring rolls:

  • 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
  • 2 to 3 cups green leaf lettuce shredded or chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper sliced thin lengthwise
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper sliced thin lengthwise
  • 1 large carrot peeled and julienned
  • ½ head red cabbage sliced thin
  • steamed asparagus spears
  • cooked rotisserie chicken or chicken breast sliced into strips
  • lime wedges and fresh mint leaves optional

For the tahini dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt to taste start with a pinch
  • 1/2 cup water + more if needed
  • roasted sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

For the spring rolls:

  • 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 chicken (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 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, or on top of 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.

For the dipping sauce:

  • Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small to medium-sized bowl. Taste and season with more salt, or add just a little more water if you think the sauce is too thick. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired and serve with the spring rolls. Enjoy!! (Note: store any leftover dipping sauce in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. I love simply dipping raw veggies into this sauce! So good!)