Cape Malay Chicken Spring roll recipe

Chicken spring rolls

This Cape Malay Chicken Spring Roll recipe is a harmonious blend of savory chicken, aromatic spices, and fresh vegetables, all encased in a crispy wrapper. Crafted with a meticulous blend of ingredients, every bite promises a culinary experience that marries the richness of Cape Malay flavors with a delightful texture.

As you bite into a chicken spring roll, the first thing you’ll notice is the crisp, golden exterior of the wrapper, providing a satisfying crunch. This crunch is a perfect contrast to the tender and moist poached chicken breast nestled inside, which has been gently infused with the subtle, aromatic warmth of cumin and the vibrant, slightly piquant notes of green chili.

The onions, red and green bell peppers, and carrots, all finely incorporated, offer a slight sweetness and a refreshing crunch, adding complexity to the texture. These vegetables are not just fillers; they absorb and complement the spices, enhancing the overall flavor profile.

The crushed garlic and black pepper introduce a sharpness and depth that cut through the richness, ensuring that each bite is as compelling as the first. The fresh coriander leaves and stems contribute a lemony zest and a hint of earthiness, which is balanced beautifully by the creamy, melted cheddar or mozzarella cheese. This cheese adds a gooey, indulgent layer to the filling, making the spring rolls irresistibly flavorful.

Salt is judiciously used to elevate all the flavors, ensuring that the savory notes of the chicken and vegetables are perfectly accentuated.

The texture contrasts between the crunchy exterior and the soft, moist interior make these Chicken Spring Rolls a delightful treat, perfect for sharing with loved ones or enjoying as a special snack. The Cape Malay influence is evident in the choice of spices and the emphasis on balancing flavors and textures, creating a dish that is both comforting and exciting.

Chicken spring rolls

How to make a Chicken Spring roll

Making Chicken Spring Rolls can be an enjoyable cooking experience, especially with a few expert tips to ensure they turn out perfectly every time. Here are some tips to help you craft these delicious snacks:

  • Prepare Ingredients Ahead: Have all your filling ingredients chopped, cooked, and ready before you start assembling the spring rolls. This includes poaching and shredding the chicken, chopping vegetables, and grating the cheese.
  • Season Well: Don’t shy away from seasoning your filling properly. Taste the chicken and vegetable mixture before adding it to the wrappers to ensure it has enough salt, pepper, and spices. Remember, the filling should be flavorful as it won’t absorb any more seasoning once wrapped.
  • Control Moisture: To prevent soggy spring rolls, make sure the filling is not too wet. If your vegetable mixture releases a lot of moisture, consider sautéing it briefly to evaporate excess liquid. Let the filling cool before wrapping to avoid steaming the wrappers.
  • Wrap Tightly: To keep the filling secure and ensure even cooking, wrap your spring rolls tightly. This prevents them from opening up while frying. However, be careful not to tear the wrapper. If you’re using traditional spring roll wrappers, keep them moist according to package instructions to prevent cracking.
  • Seal Properly: Use a paste made from flour and water, or a beaten egg, to seal the edges of the wrappers. This acts like glue, keeping the spring rolls closed during frying.
  • Correct Frying Temperature: Heat your oil to about 350°F (175°C) for frying. If the oil is too hot, the wrappers will brown too quickly without cooking the filling thoroughly. If it’s not hot enough, the spring rolls may absorb too much oil, becoming greasy.
  • Do Not Overcrowd: Fry the spring rolls in batches to avoid lowering the oil’s temperature too much and to ensure they cook evenly. Overcrowding can lead to soggy, unevenly cooked spring rolls.
  • Drain Well: After frying, let the spring rolls drain on a wire rack or paper towels to remove excess oil. This helps keep them crispy.
  • Serve Immediately: For the best texture, serve the spring rolls hot and crispy from the fryer. If you need to reheat them, use an oven or air fryer to maintain their crunch.
  • Experiment with Dips: Enhance the serving experience with a variety of dipping sauces. Sweet chili sauce, soy sauce-based dips, or a red chutney dip can complement the flavors of the spring rolls.

Chicken Spring roll variations

By incorporating some of these suggestions, you can tailor the Chicken Spring Rolls to suit your taste preferences and perhaps discover a new favorite version of this classic snack.

  • Introduce More Herbs: Beyond coriander, consider adding finely chopped mint or basil for a fresh, aromatic lift. Herbs add layers of flavor that can complement the savory notes of the chicken and cheese beautifully.
  • Incorporate Noodles: Thin rice vermicelli noodles or glass noodles can add an interesting texture to your chicken spring rolls, making them more filling and satisfying. Ensure the noodles are cooked and cooled before adding them to your mixture.
  • Use Different Cheeses: Experiment with different types of cheese for varied flavors and textures. For instance, a softer cheese like goat cheese or feta can offer a tangy contrast to the savory chicken, while smoked gouda can add a hint of smokiness and cheddar adds a hint of savory piquancy.
  • Spice It Up: If you enjoy a bit more heat, consider adding more green chilies or even a dash of chili flakes to the filling. Adjust according to your heat tolerance.
  • Try Different Proteins: While chicken is a classic choice, you can also experiment with shredded duck, minced meat, or even tofu for a vegetarian twist. Each protein brings its unique flavor and texture to the spring rolls.
  • Add Mushrooms: For an umami boost, include finely chopped mushrooms such as shiitake or button mushrooms. They’ll add a meaty texture and rich flavor, enhancing the complexity of your filling. Pre-cook the mushrooms before adding them to the filling, sauté the mushrooms in a bit of oil over medium-high heat until all the water they release has evaporated and they begin to brown. This process not only removes excess moisture but also concentrates the mushrooms’ flavor, adding a richer umami depth to your spring rolls.
  • Add Crunch: For an extra textural contrast, consider adding chopped nuts such as peanuts or cashews to the filling. They’ll provide a pleasant crunch and nutty flavor that complements the other ingredients.
  • Enhance with Citrus Zest: A bit of lemon or lime zest can brighten up the filling, adding a subtle zing that cuts through the richness of the cheese and the savory chicken.
  • Utilize Different Wrappers: While traditional spring roll wrappers are excellent, experimenting with different types, such as rice paper wrappers for a lighter version, can offer a change in texture and appearance.
  • Serve with a Variety of Dips: Offering multiple dipping sauces can significantly enhance the eating experience. In addition to sweet chili sauce, consider a creamy peanut sauce, a tangy tamarind sauce, or a refreshing yogurt-based dip with cucumber and dill.

Chicken spring roll recipe

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Chicken spring rolls

Cape Malay Chicken Spring roll recipe

Simone Fortuin
This Chicken Spring Roll recipe is a harmonious blend of savory chicken, aromatic spices, and fresh vegetables, all encased in a crispy wrapper.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Cape Malay
Servings 25
Calories 151 kcal


Poached chicken

  • 1 kg chicken breast 3-4 bone-in breasts
  • 240 grams onion 1 peeled and quartered
  • 2.5 ml salt

Spring roll filling ingredients

  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 240 grams onion 1 peeled and finely diced
  • 500 grams carrots 4 peeled and coarsely grated
  • 75 grams green bell pepper 1/2 deseeded and finely diced
  • 75 grams red bell pepper 1/2 deseeded and finely diced
  • 25 ml garlic finely minced
  • 15 ml cumin powder
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • 10 ml salt to taste
  • 5 ml black pepper freshly ground
  • 250 ml fresh coriander leaves and stems finely chopped
  • 250 ml mozzarella cheese grated
  • oil for frying


  • 25 spring roll wrappers
  • 60 ml cake flour
  • 30 ml water


Poaching chicken breasts

  • Place the bone-in chicken breasts in a pot or high rimmed pan and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and cover the pot with a lid.
  • Poach for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool then shred the chicken.

Spring roll assembly

  • Sauté the onions with oil until lightly golden then remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.
  • Peel and grate the carrots then wrap in a clean dish towel and squeeze out the excess liquid. This will prevent a soggy filling.
  • Mix the cooled chicken and onion with the grated carrot and diced peppers, chopped herbs, chilli and spices.
  • Add the cold grated cheese to the vegetable mixture and mix to combine.
  • Make a paste from the flour and water.
  • To assemble the spring rolls take one sheet and brush with the flour and water paste on three sides.
  • Place a tablespoon of filling near the bottom of the wrapper on the end closest to you.
  • Fold the left and rights sides toward the center then roll the bottom edge away from you. Continue rolling until you seal with the top edge.
  • Fry in hot oil until golden and drain on kitchen paper.
  • Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 12gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.005gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 446mgPotassium: 291mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3548IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

Keyword halaal recipe, spicy, yeast free
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