• Chicken And Kumquat Spring Rolls With Hoisin Chili Sauce

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Chicken And Kumquat Spring Rolls With Hoisin Chili Sauce


Bon Appétit, May 2001 Tan Dinh, Paris R.S.V.P.


Prep: 25 minutes; Total: 50 minutes


Makes 8 (appetizer) servings.

1 tbsp oriental sesame oil
8 ozs chicken thigh meat, cut into 1x1/4-inch strips
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 ozs kumquats in syrup* (about 4), drained, thinly sliced
6 ozs mung bean sprouts
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh min

Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Heat sesame oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken and onion to skillet and saut 3 minutes. Stir in kumquats. Remove from heat. Cool. Stir in bean sprouts.
Step 2 Toss basil and mint in small bowl to combine. Dip 1 rice paper round into bowl of warm water until soft, about 10 seconds. Place on clean, moist kitchen towel to drain 1 minute. Repeat with another rice paper round. Place second round atop first round for double thickness. Top with a lettuce leaf, then place 1/8 of chicken-bean sprout mixture near lower edge of round. Sprinkle with 1/8 of herb mixture. Fold in sides of round, then roll up, starting near filling. Repeat with remaining rounds, lettuce leaves, chicken-bean sprout mixture, and herb mixture. (Can be made 3 hours ahead. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate.)
Step 3 Whisk hoisin sauce and chili-garlic paste in medium bowl to blend. Slice each roll diagonally into 4 pieces, for a total of 32 pieces. Pour sauce into individual shallow bowls and place in center of each of 8 plates; surround with spring rolls and serve.
Step 4 *Available at Asian markets, specialty foods stores and some supermarkets.
Step 5 **Thin Vietnamese or Thai wrappers made from rice flour and known as banh trang. Available at Asian markets.