Chicken spring rolls
Kalinka’s family recipe for chicken pie inspired these little spring rolls which can be served as light finger food.
CHICKEN SPRING ROLLS
Instead of white sauce, the filling contains soy sauce and vinegar, which gives it a lovely Asian flavour combined with the freshness of coriander and lime. Phyllo pastry is also a healthier alternative to puff pastry.
SERVES 8-10 Preparation time: 40 min Marinating time: 30 min Cooking time: 40 min Baking time: 15-20 min
12 chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks), skin removed
freshly ground black pepper
180 ml (¾ c) soy sauce 125 ml (½ c) rice or apple cider vinegar 6-8 garlic cloves, finely crushed 1 onion, chopped 30 ml (2 T) castor sugar 4 bay leaves 30-45 ml (2-3 T) oil large handful of chopped fresh coriander juice and zest of 2-3 limes 1 packet (500 g) phyllo pastry oil or melted butter 10 ml (2 t) toasted white sesame seeds
CUCUMBER DIPPING SAUCE
2-3 Israeli cucumbers, very finely diced 1-2 chillies, finely chopped 3 spring onions, chopped 15 ml (1 T) soy sauce 30 ml (2 T) rice vinegar 15 ml (1 T) sesame oil 5 ml (1 t) castor sugar
Preheat the oven to 180 °C. 1 Season the chicken with black pepper and mix with the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic,
These spring rolls are so good, you’ll want to finish them all!
onion, castor sugar and bay leaves. Marinate for 30 minutes. 2 Heat the oil in a large pan. Remove the chicken from the marinade (reserve the marinade) and brown one at a time in the oil. Add the reserved marinade with 250 ml (1 c) water, cover and simmer until the chicken falls from the bones (about 40 minutes). Remove the bones. 3 Sprinkle the coriander and zest on top. Pour the lime juice over and leave to cool. 4 Halve a sheet of pastry, brush 1 half with oil or butter and place the other half on top. 5 Spoon a little of the filling on 1 end of the pastry and fold in the sides. 6 Roll up in a cigar and brush with oil or melted butter. Repeat, making more spring rolls with the rest of the ingredients. 7 Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. 8 Cucumber dipping sauce Mix all the ingredients. Serve with the spring rolls.