Thai chicken cakes

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Fans of the classic Thai fishcakes will love this chicken adaptation. They are not only incredibly more-ish, they're also a cinch to make.


500 g (1 lb 2 oz) skinless chicken thigh fillets, minced (ground)

1 egg

2 tablespoons red curry paste

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons fish sauce

3 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded (pic 1)

2 tablespoons chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves

2 spring onions (scallions), white part only, thinly sliced

3 cm (1¼ inches) lemongrass, white part only, thinly sliced

Vegetable oil, for greasing and deep-frying

Dipping sauce

125 ml (4 fl oz/½ cup) rice wine vinegar

110 g (3¾ oz/½ cup) sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 fresh long red chillies, seeded and finely chopped


1. To make the dipping sauce, place all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Set aside.

2. Place the minced chicken in a food processor and pulse for 2 minutes or until it forms a smooth paste. Add the egg, curry paste, sugar and fish sauce and pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the lime leaf, coriander, spring onion and lemongrass until well combined.

3. Grease a baking tray with a little oil, then lightly grease your hands with oil to prevent the chicken mixture sticking to them. Shape heaped tablespoons of the mixture into patties about 6 cm (2½ inches) in diameter. Place the patties on the greased baking tray.

4. Half-fill a deep saucepan with oil and heat to 160°C (315°F), or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown in 30–35 seconds. Deep-fry the chicken patties in batches, using a lightly oiled palette knife to lift them from the tray and carefully put them in the oil, for about 4 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, until golden and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to transfer onto paper towels to drain while you cook the remaining patties. Serve the chicken cakes warm with the dipping sauce.