Tender coconut poached chicken, crisp veggies and sweet mango are rolled up with soft noodles and fresh herbs in these easy, homemade summer rolls. Served with a creamy-dreamy peanut dipping sauce, these fresh rolls are perfect for summer entertaining or snacking on the go!
Meanwhile, make the peanut sauce: Place all the ingredients for the peanut sauce in a food processor or blender. Pulse, or process until smooth. Adjust for taste and consistency with honey, vinegar and water.*
1. The amount of time the chicken will take to poach depends on the thickness of your chicken breasts. For quicker cooking, lightly pound your chicken breasts to an even thickness before poaching!
2. Before you start rolling, get all of your ingredients prepped! Cut all the veggies, shred the chicken, tear the herb leaves from the stems, clean the cutting board, make the sauce, fill a large bowl with water… prep it all! Having everything all set up (mise en place) will make the entire process much more pleasant and efficient.
3. Make sure your bowl of water for softening the rice paper wrappers is room temperature. I have found warm water makes the wrapper too sticky and causes it to tear easily. The bow of water should be large and shallow enough for the wrappers. A pie pan or similar shaped bowl works well! Make sure you are only soaking the rice paper wrapper until it is JUST tender!
4. Keep the filled spring rolls under a clean, damp tea towel to prevent them from drying out as you are rolling the remaining rice paper rolls.
5. The summer rolls are best enjoyed immediately, however they can be made up to 2 hours in advance. Keep them tightly covered in plastic wrap at room temperature.
6. Adjust the peanut sauce for taste and consistency to your own liking. Add more honey for sweetness, vinegar for sourness, or if you like things spicy, add a bit of sriracha. If you want a thinner sauce, add a bit of water until desired consistency is achieved. If you don't have a food processor or blender, you can easily make the sauce in a small bowl, just finely dice the garlic and whisk everything together.
7. If you make the peanut sauce in advance and store it in the refrigerator the sauce will become thick!! Just whisk in a bit of water to loosen it up.