Chicken in Rice Paper
This is a really wonderful dish, easy to make and tasty also, one of my favorite dishes. I can't remember where I found it, but it is a keeper. Actually easy to do and a real crowd pleaser.
I love Vietnamese food and the rice paper, so many things to be done with it and great for parties.
Don't be afraid of the fish sauce, it actually makes this dish, just don't put too much.
400g - mince (ground) chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
fresh cilantro leaves about 1/2 cup or so
sesame seeds - to your taste a teaspoon or so
70g /about 1 cup breadcumbs
Rice paper sheets, 12 or so (depends on how large you make the logs)
12 mint leaves
romain lettuce leaves
80 ml cup water
2 tablespoons fish sauce
110 g / 1/2 cup sugar
limes juice about 2 tablespoons, nice if you can find kaffir lime leaves
Make the sauce:
Put the water, fish sauce and chili in a small pan over low heat and cook till the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil for a few minutes till thickened. Remove from heat, add the lime juice and let sit in fridge until ready to use.
Prepare the Chicken:
Combine the chicken, garlic, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, cilantro and breadcrumbs. Mix well, wrap and place into the fridge so that the mixture can become firm.
Divide the mixture into thin logs.
Take the rice paper and individually soak in warm water for about 15 seconds or until soft. Lay the rice paper down an place the log on top place a mint leaf and begin to roll, roll both ends. Place onto a plate till you finish the process.
Heat a non stick heavy pan and add a little peanut oil and begin to cook the rolls till the chicken is cooked inside, about 8 minutes or more. The temperature of the chicken when cooked should be 70C (160F).
While the chicken is cooking place the romain leaves on a plate. When the chicken is done, place onto the romain lettuce and sprinkle with some baby greens, I used baby basil leaves. Place the chicken rolls on top of the lettuce and then add the sauce.