Recipes for Recovery Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

Recipes for Recovery: Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

The Wood family founded South Pacific Private 25 years ago and since that time have been committed to the Recovery of their clients and their client’s families.

South Pacific Private approaches Recovery from a holistic viewpoint combining therapy with psycho educational lectures, mindfulness and well being. We have been smoke-free since 2008 and caffeine and sugar free for the last few years as well. The food provided for clients at South Pacific Private is nutritionally balanced and carefully prepared, taking into account all dietary needs.

Several members of the Wood Family, including Fleur Wood and Frances Hansen, are published authors and have created beautiful recipe books which contain lovely, hearty recipes. The Wood family wanted to share some of these recipes with you as a support for your ongoing Recovery.

Eating well and having a balanced, mindful approach to nutrition is important at the point of detox and throughout early Recovery, as well as for a long-term sustainable healthy relationship with food.

In this blog series we will share a collection of recipes from the Wood family which will support Recovery but also healthy eating generally.

We hope you enjoy not only the preparation of these meals but also the nourishment you get from them.



Place the chicken, lime, peppercorns and ginger in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a gentle simmer over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off, cover with a lid and set aside for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Remove the chicken and shred into small pieces. Fill a large bowl with warm water and dip a sheet of rice paper in the water for about 10 seconds or until transparent and pliable. Shake off the excess water and lay it out flat on a work surface. Scatter with edible flowers and petals, some shredded chicken, watercress, cucumber and a line of pistachios. Fold the ends in and roll up to form a tight parcel. Place, seam-side down, on a serving platter and cover with plastic film to prevent drying out. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 14 rice paper rolls in total.

To make the lithe dipping sauce, whisk together the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and pepper in a small bowl.

Serve alongside the rice paper rolls.