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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mango, cucumber and chicken rice paper rolls

Serves 4
Prep time - 20 mins

1 x Roasted Chicken (you will use about half) - if you can roast your own that's always best as store bought BBQ chickens contain milk products and other nasty additives & numbers and MSG.

4 crisp iceberg lettuce leaves
1 large Lebanese cucumber
1 medium just ripe mango
2 cups of cooked shredded chicken
8 x 22 cm wide rice papers

Optional - 2 tbls sweet chilli sauce/soy sauce etc (We had ours plain)

Firstly you need to get your fillings sorted as you have to work fast with the rice papers otherwise they dry out.

Break lettuce leaves into large bites size pieces.
Cut cucumber in half and then halve lengthways and cut into very thin strips
Cut flesh of the mango close to the stone and remove skin and cut mango into thin strips

In a shallow bowl place some warm water, dip a rice paper wrapper in for about 30 seconds (check the back of packet as some brands differ) until just tender.
Place rice paper on a damp cloth.

In the centre arrange 3-4 strips of mango then top with 3-4 cucumber strips and 1/4 cup or so of chicken and a few pieces of lettuce.

If you are using soy sauce/sweet chill sauce drizzle 1 tsp of it over and then fold over one edge of the rice paper to cover filling, tuck in the sides and roll up tightly to enclose the filling.

Rice paper rolls dry out quickly so as your making place the finished ones on a plate and cover with a damp towel or cling wrap. Cut rolls in half if you wish and serve with sweet chilli sauce if desired.

Of course the above is just a guide as to what to put in, these where made using everything in season at the moment and a fun yummy way to use up some of our mangoes!

You could use grated or julienne carrots, sprouts, thin vermicelli noodles, avocado, prawns the list goes on just use whatever is in the fridge. You can make them completely vegetarian/vegan too if you wish.

They are also fun for getting kids involved in the kitchen assembling foods.

If you are grain free or watching your carb intake you can make these using the lettuce leaves as your rice paper wraps. Perfect snack or light lunch/dinner.

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