Napa Cabbage Summer Rolls with Chicken & Spicy Peanut Sauce

Napa Cabbage Summer Rolls with Chicken & Spicy Peanut Sauce

Napa Cabbage Summer Rolls with Chicken & Spicy Peanut Sauce makes a great light meal to enjoy this season. When I think cabbage rolls, I usually think of a comforting fall or winter meal. I’ve switched things up and turned cabbage rolls into a warm-weather treat! 

Cabbage rolls in the summer? I say yes to Napa Cabbage Summer Rolls with Chicken & Spicy Peanut Sauce. Why? Well, because they’re delicious and filled with crunchy and hearty ingredients, and they only require — literally — two minutes on the stovetop. See what I’m saying?

I wanted to make summer rolls using something leafy and good for you. Napa cabbage (sometimes called Chinese cabbage) is full of vitamins and fiber and other good things, and it has a nice, medium-sized leaf – perfect for rolling. If you haven’t had Napa cabbage before, the flavor isn’t overpowering. It’s actually fairly mild and tastes a bit like celery.

Napa cabbage is oblong, with bright green outer leaves, and pale green inner leaves. I used the outer and middle leaves for this recipe and saved the inner ones for another recipe. I used about 15-20 leaves.

To keep things easy, I used precooked chicken (shredded) along with carrots and cucumbers. I also added a sprinkling of crispy rice noodles into the rolls for added crunch. Totally simple, right? The dipping sauce that I’ve paired with these rolls could not be easier to make: peanut butter along with soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce, and a handful of other ingredients. Whisk it up and, tah-dah!

Napa Summer Rolls with Chicken & Spicy Peanut Sauce are perfect for the warm summer days and nights. These little rolls are hearty but not heavy, and the limited cooking time (again…two minutes!) is perfect when you other things to do besides stand over a stove.

Try one of these recipes for simple summer meal options:

Barley Salad in Radicchio Bowls with Champagne-Orange Vinaigrette

Grilled Tofu Tostadas with Tomato-Mango Salsa

Grilled Eggplant, Cherries, and Couscous Salad

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Napa Cabbage Summer Rolls with Chicken & Spicy Peanut Sauce

This is a great meal for the summer season! It's easy to make -- with just a few minutes on the stove -- and you can use your favorite veggies!

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  • 1 head Napa cabbage
  • 1/2 pound pre-cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/3 cup crispy rice noodles
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce (or to taste)
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