We’re kicking off our ingredient of the week with this delicious recipe for Chestnut and Chicken Spring Rolls!

Chestnuts are our ingredient theme for this week, to lead into the New Year. These Chestnut and Chicken Spring Rolls combine flavours such as mushroom, ginger, chilli, soy and sesame.

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100g fresh chestnuts
100g minced chicken
3 spring onions, finely sliced
3 shiitake mushrooms, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
100g shredded cabbage, finely shredded
1 carrot, finely diced
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
Square spring roll wrappers
2 tbs corn flour
½ cup water
Vegetable oil, for frying
Sweet chilli sauce, to serve


1.Remove outer hard shell of the chestnuts and place in a medium saucepan. Fill with enough water to cover the chestnuts, and boil for 15 minutes. Drain and finely slice.

2. Combine cornflour and water in a small bowl and set aside.

3. Place chestnuts, chicken, spring onions, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, cabbage, carrot, soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger into a bowl and mix well.

4. Place 1 wrapper on a board with a corner pointing towards you. Brush the edges with the cornflour mixture. Spoon 1 heaped tablespoon of the spring roll mixture into the corner of the wrapper. Fold the corner over the filling, then roll up from corner to corner, folding the edges in to enclose the filling. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

5. Deep fry the spring rolls by using a deep fryer or; pour vegetable oil into a wok or small saucepan until one-third full. Heat until a small piece of bread dropped into the oil sizzles. Place spring rolls into the oil in batches for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towel. Keep warm in the oven while cooking the remaining spring rolls.

6. Serve hot, with sweet chilli sauce.


Makes 15

Prep time: 25min Cook time: 10min