Being situated in Southeast Asia, I saw a lot of Thai and Vietnamese influences on the Balinese menus, specifically Thai Spring Rolls.
I absolutely love these raw, crunchy wraps and their their sweet — yet tangy — peanut sauce. However, being stuffed with glass noodles and veggies, they’re not usually very filling.
The peanut sauce, however, is quite full — full of sugar.
My new favorite tortilla replacement is chalk full of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and fiber — with very little calories.
Using lean protein (chicken), vitamin-packed greens, and a low-sugar (super simple) peanut sauce, I came up with a more nutritious, yet still delicious, version of my favorite Asian dish.
These healthy Thai Chicken Collard Rolls are quick and easy, and make a great lunch, dinner, or appetizer.
- 2 Large Collard Greens Leaves
- 6 oz Chicken Breast
- 1 Carrot, julienned
- ¼ Red Pepper, julienned
- ¼ Yellow Pepper, julienned
- 1 T. Natural Peanut Butter
- 1½ T. Soy Sauce or Gluten-Free Tamari
- ½ T. Lime Juice
- ½ T. Honey
- Crushed Peanuts
- Wash collard greens leaves and slice down the middle, removing the large stem.
- Place leaves in a shallow, covered pan with a ¼ inch of water and steam for about 3 minutes.
- Shred the chicken breast, using two forks to pull apart into strands.
- In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, and honey.
- Mix the chicken with the sauce.
- Pat the leaves dry with a paper towel and place about ¼ of the chicken mixture on one end of the leaf. Add a few sticks of each of the veggies.
- Roll it up, securing with a little extra sauce if necessary - it should just stick on its own though.
- Garnish with pepper and crushed peanuts.
You can really use any raw veggies you like inside these rolls but carrots do go well with the Thai flavors.
They taste great with soy sauce or tamari for dipping, or you can double the sauce in the recipe to make a dip. However, the nutritional info does not reflect the effect of drenching your rolls.
If you’re serving these as an app, cut them into bite-sized sushi-style rolls.
Not only will it make them easier to share, it also makes them look really cute — and cute food always tastes better 🙂