Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

These Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce are easy to make, healthy, and delicious! Made with fresh ingredients, shredded chicken, and dipped in a homemade peanut sauce, these spring rolls will be a go-to light meal or appetizer.

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If you are looking for a light and healthy recipe for a meal or appetizer, these Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce are for you. Everything is fresh and healthy and homemade. My recipe is made with chicken, but you can also make these vegetarian.

What are Spring Rolls?

According to Wikipedia, “spring rolls are a variety of filled, rolled appetizers or dim sum found in East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Latin American cuisine. The kind of wrapper, fillings, and cooking technique used, as well as the name, vary considerably within this large area, depending on the region’s culture.”

These spring rolls are the variety made with rice paper, not fried, and definitely inspired by my favorite Thai restaurant, although I believe they are closer to a Vietnamese spring roll. They are fun to make and you can add any vegetable or meat you like. You can also make these vegetarian or vegan by changing up a few ingredients.

view of a spring roll cut in half with chicken and vegetables inside

How to Make Spring Rolls

  1. Assemble all of the ingredients in order to create an assembly line.
  2. Soften the rice papers in a flat saucepan on the stove over low heat with water at about ½” high (you can also use a flat bowl of water, but you may need to re-heat during assembly).
  3. Place one rice paper round in the warm water for 1 minute. Remove it and place it on a flat surface.
  4. Start with the lettuce, add the chicken, herbs, peanuts, carrots, and end with the rice noodles on top. Wrap everything in the rice paper like a burrito.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Sauce

Homemade peanut sauce is so easy to make and can be used for so many different dishes. It can be a dipping sauce like in this recipe, a salad dressing, a pasta sauce, and more. To make this peanut sauce, all you need to do is place the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Once everything is combined, add water to get the consistency you are looking for. Find the full recipe HERE.

spring rolls with peanut sauce on a plate

The Easiest Way to Make Shredded Chicken

Shredded chicken breast is a staple in my house because it’s fairly inexpensive and you can use it in so many different recipes. I have a quick and easy way to cook and shred chicken. First, place your chicken breasts in a saucepot and fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Allow the chicken to sit in the hot water for at least 20 minutes. Check for doneness, of course, but I always find the chicken is cooked through, soft, and easy to shred.

There are 2 easy ways to shred chicken that I recommend. The first is in your stand mixer. Yes, your stand mixer. All you need to do is place the cooked chicken into the bowl, put on the paddle attachment, and mix, starting on low and going to high, until shredded. The second way to easily shred chicken is to place it in a plastic bag and use your hands to shred it.

cooked chicken being shredded in a stand mixer
cooked chicken shredded in a mixer

Tips to Make the Best Spring Rolls

  • Make sure you soak the rice papers for 1 minute before trying to fill and wrap them. But, don’t let them soak too long or they will get too soggy and rip.
  • To soften the rice papers, place a large flat saucepan on the stove over low heat with water at about ½” high. I found this was the best way to keep the water nice and warm. You can also use a bowl/plate of water, but you may need to re-heat the water during assembly.
  • You want the soft ingredients on either side of the rolls when you wrap them so that nothing pokes through. Start with the lettuce, add the chicken, herbs, peanuts, carrots, and end with the rice noodles on top.
  • You can store any leftover peanut sauce in the fridge in a sealed container for 5-7 days.
  • Some other filling ideas include cucumber, avocado, lemongrass, and shrimp.
spring rolls on a plate with peanut sauce

More recipes to check out

spring rolls with peanut sauce on a plate

Chicken Spring Rolls with Homemade Peanut Sauce

These chicken spring rolls are easy, healthy, and delicious!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 rolls
Calories: 89kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • large flat saucepan or bowl
  • large bowl to soak the noodles
  • food processor or blender for the peanut sauce

Ingredients

Spring Rolls

  • 2 medium cooked and shredded chicken breasts (about 1½ cups or so)
  • 8 leaves butter lettuce (or any soft, large leaf lettuce)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into small sticks
  • 8 sheets rice paper
  • 8 tablespoon peanut sauce

Instructions

Spring Rolls

  • Clean and de-stem the lettuce. Chop the herbs and peanuts and set them aside. Peel and chop the carrots into small sticks. Place the rice vermicelli in a bowl of hot water for 2 minutes and then drain the water. Assemble all of the ingredients in order to create an assembly line.
    rice vermicelli in a bowl of water
  • In order to soften the rice papers, place a large, flat saucepan on the stove over low heat with water at about ½" high (you can also use a flat bowl of water, but you may need to re-heat during assembly). For each spring roll, place one rice paper round in the warm water for 1 minute. Remove with tongs and place on a flat surface.
  • You want the soft ingredients on either side of the rolls when you wrap them so that nothing pokes through. Start with the lettuce, add the chicken, herbs, peanuts, carrots, and end with the rice noodles on top.
    spring roll before rolling
  • Wrap everything in the rice paper like a burrito. Start with the short ends, wrap one side up, and roll as tightly but gently as possible. Repeat with all of the rice paper. Serve with peanut sauce and enjoy!
    spring roll after rolling

Notes

  • Nutrition facts are for 1 spring roll, no sauce

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.6g | Protein: 8.7g | Fat: 3.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 1.1g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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