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Crisp Orange-Chicken Spring Rolls

These spring rolls -- with a filling of chicken, apple, green onion, bell peppers, and lettuce -- are broiled until they are lightly browned and crispy. They're ideal for a buffet or light lunch.

  • Yield: Makes 12 rolls

Photography: Lisa Hubbard

Source: Body+Soul, April/May 2005


  • 1 small fresh red chili pepper, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 pound skinless chicken breast sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large apple peeled, cored, and cut into thin strips
  • 4 green onions, green part only, cut into short, thin slivers
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 12 8-inch round dried rice-paper wrappers
  • 1 head Boston or Bibb lettuce, leaves separated and washed
  • Sweet-and-Sour Chili Sauce, for serving


  1. Combine chili pepper, garlic, ginger, wine, orange juice, and soy sauce in a medium bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and marinate for 15 minutes. Drain excess liquid.

  2. In a small pan, heat canola oil and saute chicken until light brown outside and no longer pink inside, about 2 minutes. Combine apple, green onions, bell pepper, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Mix in cooked chicken.

  3. Fill a medium bowl with warm water. Dip one of the wrappers in the water for 15 seconds, or until softened. Carefully transfer it to a dry work surface. Arrange 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling in an even horizontal mound just below the center of the wrapper. Roll up the rice paper to form a tight cylinder, folding in the sides about halfway. Assemble the remaining spring rolls the same way.

  4. Coat the large baking sheet with cooking oil. Arrange spring rolls in a single layer, leaving a little space between them. Brush rolls with oil. Broil the rolls until lightly browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes; check frequently to avoid burning. Use a spatula to turn the rolls over and continue to broil another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve each roll wrapped in lettuce leaf, with Sweet and Sour Chili Sauce.

Cook's Notes

Once moistened with water, rice paper turns into a pliable noodle that seals as you roll it up.

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