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Sticky Five-Spice Chicken Wraps Recipe by Kathryn Bruton

I know there is a long list of ingredients here, but don’t be intimidated: this recipe looks scarier than it is, and this chicken wraps recipe is to die for!

Serves 4


4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 lemongrass stalk
3 garlic cloves
25g fresh ginger, chopped
2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp honey
11/2 tsp five-spice powder
1 tbsp oyster sauce (optional)
1–2 tbsp sunflower oil
150g beansprouts
7–8 Thai basil sprigs
20g coriander, leaves picked
20g mint, leaves picked
4 large romaine or cos leaves

Nuoc Cham Dressing
1 garlic clove
25g fresh ginger, finely grated
1 red chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
3/4 tbsp caster sugar juice of 11/2 limes
2 tbsp fish sauce

Peanut Sauce
1/2 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
Juice of 1/2 lime


1. Bash the chicken thighs between two large pieces of parchment paper until really thin. Slice each one into three strips about 1–2 cm wide and set aside.
2. Soak four wooden skewers in cold water for at least 20 minutes.
3. Pound the lemongrass, garlic and ginger using a pestle and mortar until you have a rough paste, or chop by hand as finely as possible.
4. Add the fish sauce, honey, five-spice powder and oyster sauce (if using) and mix well. Pour over the chicken and marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, or ideally overnight.
5. For the nuoc cham dressing, pound the garlic, ginger, chilli and sugar in a pestle and mortar until you have a smooth paste.
6. Add the lime juice and fish sauce and mix. Combine all the peanut sauce ingredients together with 1/2 tablespoon warm water and mix until smooth.
7. Thread the chicken onto the skewers and allow to come to room temperature for 10 minutes or so.
8. Place a medium frying or griddle pan over a high heat and add the sunflower oil. When really hot, add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes, turning regularly so that it becomes nicely charred and crispy all over.
9. Dress the beansprouts and herbs with half the dressing, reserving the other half for dipping.
10. Place a generous spoonful of the beansprout mix into a lettuce leaf, top with chicken, drizzle with the peanut sauce and serve with the remaining dressing.

Sticky Five-Spice Chicken Wraps


Skinny_Salads_front Kathryn is an Irish food writer and stylist living in London. She has spent the best part of ten years working in the food industry, and her cookbooks reflect her experience. Kathryn’s ambition is to create enticing, unusual and exciting recipes that are high in nutrition and low in calories. In Skinny Salads there is 80 flavour-packed recipes and each recipe has less then 300 calories. Ranging from gloriously green to gluten and dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes there is something for everyone.

Taken from Skinny Salads by Kathryn Burton published by Kyle Books, photography by Laura Edwards

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