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Vietnamese Chicken Bites & Summer Rolls

This dinner is a new fave in our house. I first discovered these meat balls in the Best of Bridge series, and they fast became a staple. They are a flavour explosion in your mouth! But I just couldn’t figure out what would go well with them as a side dish. Then, while at my parents, my mom served summer rolls, and a light bulb went off! Summer rolls would be the perfect side dish!  And they are! They add the perfect amount of crunch and flavour!

(from the Best of Bridge) 


Vietnamese Chicken Bites


  • 2 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 green onions (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp minced gingerroot
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce


  1. Combine chicken, cilantro, onions, garlic, zest, cornstarch, gingerroot and soy sauce.
  2. Roll into 1 inch meatballs.
  3. Place on to a baking sheet, sprayed with cooking spray, or brushed with oil.
  4. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Turn once.


I put a lot of noodles in my rolls, but you don’t have to. You can add shredded cooked chicken or shrimp too!

The recipe for the fabulous Summer Rolls can be found over at my mom’s blog, Keeping up with the times.  Now don’t be intimidated!  The rolls aren’t as hard to make as they may seem.  Once you roll one, you will find that they are quite easy to make.  I will definitely make them again!

Summer Rolls Recipe

(Mom’s recipe)

Here are a couple of tips that I have:

1.  I used brown rice vermicelli noodles, just to make them a little more healthy.

2.  My mom suggested using 2 noodle sheets to wrap them so they don’t rip.  This works great!

3.  I couldn’t find Napa cabbage, so I just used purple cabbage.  Worked great as well!

4.  Double or triple the peanut sauce!  It’s so goooood!  AND it goes really well with the meatballs too!

5.  Speaking of the peanut sauce, I did not put any of this sauce inside the roll, because I wanted it all as a dip.  So instead I just spread on some hoisin sauce in the roll!  Super yummy!

Go for it!  This dinner is a teeny bit tedious to make, but so worth the efforts!  It served our family of 5, with leftovers for lunch the next day!  Super Yum!

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    June 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    So glad I did a doubletake and read your post title again. The first time I read it, I thought it said “Vietnamese CHILDREN Bites!”
    =O Ewwwww!
    The recipe looks really yummy!

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    Star Hughes Living
    June 7, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Star Hughes Living wrote:

    Wow, my family would be so impressed with me if I managed to make summer rolls! I can’t wait to try! These pictures look delish!

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    June 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    This looks so good; I think my family would really like it. Thanks for sharing!

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    June 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Found you over at Full Plate Thursday…I’m a new follower! This looks great! I would love to have you link up to my 2-in-1 Thursday hop.

    Around My Family Table

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    June 10, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    Oh my goodness! This looks AMAZING! We found your blog through a link party. We are your newest followers and would love for you to follow us back!


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    Miz Helen
    June 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Hi Jo Anna,
    Your photo’s are beautiful! What a wonderful meal, could you just deliver that to me. It would make me so happy! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    June 10, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I love Vietnamese Spring Rolls! These look delicious and refreshing! Thank you for sharing.


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    Allison {A Glimpse Inside}
    June 13, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    MMmmm… this sounds good! Thanks for sharing and linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party.

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    June 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Love summer rolls, those look so great and easy! Thanks for linking to Fat Camp Friday, see you next week! http://bit.ly/jHOrlN

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    July 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Oh, oh, oh! I’m so happy I ran across your post! Just yesterday I was wondering what to make for our monthly “Scrabble” get-together and now I know! I’ve made egg rolls and won tons before so I’m fairly sure I can do the spring rolls…and they aren’t FRIED! Nice for our diets. Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ll have to thank your mom, too!

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