Homemade egg rolls are probably my favorite food. I also figured out once that they cost about 50 cents each to make at home, as opposed to $2 at a Chinese restaurant. I usually make these as a meal because I love them so much.
Cook and shred:
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
I use the Instant Pot for this step by putting the chicken in the pot with 1 c. of water, then cooking it at high pressure for 10 minutes with 10 minutes natural release. Boiling them on the stove works too.
In a large wok, stir fry all of the following until tender-crisp:
1/2 onion, chopped
1 small head cabbage, shredded, about 2 lbs. (If you want thinner egg rolls, use only 1/2 of the head of cabbage, about 1 lb. I like my egg rolls really fat!)
2 carrots, grated
1 t. minced garlic
1/4 t. ginger
3-4 T. soy sauce
Add in the shredded chicken, and remove the filling from the heat.
Preheat a pot with at least 3 inches of oil in it. I put the heat on medium-high and put a few popcorn kernels in it. When they pop, it’s ready. The oil should not be hot enough to smoke. (My pot needed 4 c. of oil to be deep enough.)
Fill according to package directions:
1 package egg roll wrappers
You should be able to fill all 20 wrappers.
Fry the egg rolls about 2-3 minutes, turning once. The wrappers will be golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels before serving with sweet and sour sauce.
Sweet and Sour Sauce
This sauce recipe couldn’t be easier! Heat to boiling in a saucepan:
1/4 c. each ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and water
Stir occasionally until the sauce starts to thicken, then remove it from the heat and let it cool before serving with the egg rolls. Since the recipe is 1 part of each ingredient, it’s really easy double (triple, quadruple, and so on!)
Nutritional information is tricky for fried foods.
For the heck of it, I measured how much oil was left after frying, including an estimation for what ended up on my counter. The nutritional information would be as follows if my calculations are correct. They really did double in calories with the frying. Basically, just don’t eat fried food very often! 😉