Oaxacan Chicken Spring Rolls

  • Yield: servings


Cilantro Crema:
1 1/2cups Mexican sour cream (can substitute crème fraiche or sour cream)
3tablespoons lime juice
2cloves garlic, finely minced (or pressed through a garlic press)
1/3cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced
Oaxacan Chicken:
2tablespoons vegetable oil
1pound ground chicken
1ounce achiote paste, crumbled (alternately, it can be left out)
1teaspoon ancho chili powder
1/2teaspoon ground cumin
1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4teaspoon cayenne
1/8teaspoon ground allspice
2cloves garlic, minced
1ounce bittersweet chocolate, grated
-- Kosher Salt
-- Freshly ground black pepper
1cup jicama, peeled & julienned
1cup cabbage, julienned
1-- red pepper, cored, seeded, and julienned
1/2cup slivered almonds, toasted
15-- round rice paper spring roll wrappers
-- Cilantro leaves, for garnish


To prepare Cilantro Crema, in a small mixing bowl, combine Mexican sour cream, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro; stir to combine. Refrigerate until serving.

To make Oaxacan Chicken, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, achiote paste, ancho chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, and allspice and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally. Add garlic and chocolate and cook for 2 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and chocolate is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

To make Summer Rolls, in a large mixing bowl combine cooled chicken mixture, jicama, cabbage, red pepper, and almonds; mix well to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Dip a rice paper wrapper in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 seconds and place wrapper on a flat surface (cover other spring roll wrappers with a damp cloth). Place some filling along the bottom 1/3 of the wrapper, fold the bottom of the wrapper over the filling, tuck in the sides, and finish rolling into a tight cylinder. Repeat.

Slice rolls on the diagonal. Serve with Cilantro Crema. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Makes about 15 summer rolls