Chicken Summer Rolls
with pineapple banana smoothie
This Vietnamese meal is light and delicious and just takes a little practice. Once you get a hang of making these rolls, you can get creative with any filling under the sun! Enjoy dipped in classic nuoc nam and enjoy with a tropical smoothie!
Smarts: If you're feeling lazy and don't want to make the rolls, just enjoy this as a noodle bowl with the nuoc nam as a dressing.
- Rice vermicelli noodles (enough for 2 meals) - 10 oz ((Find these thin rice noodles in the ethnic aisle. If you can't find them, substitute with another thin noodle))
- Leftover chicken breasts - 1 lb, sliced
- Cucumbers - 2/3 lb, sliced into matchsticks
- Green lettuce - 4 leaves, leaves torn
- Rice papers - 16 sheets ((You will probably make about 4 to 6 / person. Look for them in the ethnic aisle))
- Leftover grated carrots - 1/2 cup
- Leftover grated daikon radish - 1/2 cup
- Leftover nuoc nam - 1/2 cup
- Pineapple - 1/2, chopped
- Bananas - 2
- Frozen strawberries - 2 cups
- Coconut milk - 1 cup ((Or sub plain yogurt))
- Cook rice noodles - This makes enough for tomorrow night’s pho. These aren’t exactly pho noodles, but we’re taking culinary license. Cook according to package instructions and set aside about 2/3rds for tomorrow. If wrapping summer rolls on the same day, keep the noodles in cold water until you’re ready to wrap. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Chicken - Slice if not done from yesterday. You can lightly warm them in the microwave - ~45 seconds will do.
- Cucumbers / Green lettuce - Prep as directed.
- Make smoothie - Blend pineapple with bananas, strawberries and coconut milk (or yogurt). If it’s not sweet enough for you, you can sweeten it with honey, Stevia, or sugar. Refrigerate until serving. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Fill a frying pan with about 1 ½” (3.75 cm) of water. Heat water over medium-low heat - it shouldn’t be so hot that you can’t touch it.
- Dip rice paper into water and rotate through water (make sure to watch this video because it can be a bit tricky to prevent the rice paper from sticking). Place onto a plate. Do 4 at a time and then assemble 4 rolls.
- To assemble rolls, layer lettuce, noodles, carrots and daikon, cucumbers, and chicken at the end of the rice paper that is close to you. Don’t over-fill or the paper will break. Fold rice paper over the filling from the bottom up. Then fold sides over. Roll as tightly as possible (Again, watch the video, which is much better than my description).
- Repeat until done. Assemble until you have no more filling.
- Enjoy rolls dipped with nuoc nam sauce, and smoothie on the side!
We made these with eggrI'll wrappers instead and baked them, sooo good!!0 Helpful
Really prep and space heavy. Made it in a bit of a rush so I missed a few ingredients and the rolls didn't come together well. Still, it was tasty and will definitely try again.0 Helpful
Smoothie was delicious. Spring rolls could've had a little more flavor...but it also might be that we just don't like spring rolls that much.0 Helpful
Smoothie was fantastic! Rolls were good, but the prep work would have been too much if we hadn't relied on the recipes earlier in the week. We like spicy so we added sriracha on every bite! A peanut dipping sauce would have been great as well. Without some fun sauce, it was a bit like plain salad in chewy roll form -- the nuoc nam wasn't cutting it tonight.0 Helpful
We loved it! It's so fresh and healthy. My kiddos really enjoyed making the rolls. It was a hit! This recipe is definitely a keeper! I also used a ginger sesame dressing as a dipping sauce, too. Delish!!!0 Helpful
They were pretty good but the vegetarian version was a little bit bland. Fun to roll them though!0 Helpful