Eat– for Good Health

Our natural interests work their way into our writing.  My work-in-progress Vietnamese heroine, Amy Truong, is a sports fashion designer who cooks healthy.  In the chapter I’m writing Amy makes Lemon Grass Chicken Rolls wrapped in rice paper.

Here is “Amy’s” recipe for 16 rolls: 

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root

2 tablespoons minced fresh jalapeno chile1/2 cup peeled and thinly-julienned seedless cucumber

1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup minced fresh mint leaves

1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

1 1/2 tablespoons minced lemon grass

1/2 cup ground peanuts

1/4 cup fish sauce

3 tablespoons lime juice

2 teaspoons white sugar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon peanut oil

16 rice paper wrappers

16 leaves red leaf lettuce


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly-salted water to a boil. Season the chicken with salt and cook in the boiling water until no longer pink in the center, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large platter and allow to cool completely in refrigerator. Shred into small pieces once cooled.
  2. Combine the shredded chicken, ginger, jalapeno pepper, cucumber, basil, mint, cilantro, lemon grass, and peanuts in a large mixing bowl; toss until evenly distributed. Whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, sesame oil, and peanut oil in a small bowl; add to the chicken mixture and mix with your hands until evenly coated.
  3. Fill a shallow pan with hot water. Dip the rice paper wrappers in the hot water until soft one at a time. Spread the rice paper onto a clean, flat surface. Place 1 leaf of lettuce into the center of a sheet of rice paper; spread about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture onto the lettuce leaf. Fold the bottom end of the rice paper over the top of the mixture and then roll into a cylinder. Repeat until all ingredients are used. Cut into halves to serve.lemon grass chicken

8 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Good Morning, Dash. For a short time I am switching over to my (adult) spicy romantic suspense series, WELCOME TO THE WATERFRONT. My working title is MALICE HIDES TWICE. Amy Truong needs to be fit and thin!

  2. Abby Upton

    Hey Kathleen and Dash, in our SoCal community’s we have many Vietnamese neighbors. I know your brand is multicultural. Can’t wait to read it. When will you finish it?

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