Thai chicken cakes with sweet chilli sauce

Thai chicken cakes with sweet chilli sauce

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(78 ratings)

Ready in 20-25 minutes


Serves 2 - 3
A light and healthy supper that's a great variation on the chicken theme

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving for two

  • kcal306
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.28g
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  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 175g/6oz each), cubed
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • small piece fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 tbsp fresh coriander, plus a few sprigs to garnish
  • 1 green chilli, seeded and roughly chopped



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • sweet chilli sauce, lime wedges, shredded spring onion and red chilli, to serve


  1. Toss the chicken, garlic, ginger, onion, coriander and chilli into a food processor and season well. Blitz until the chicken is finely ground and everything is well mixed. Use your hands to shape six small cakes.

  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then fry the cakes over a medium heat for about 6-8 minutes, turning once. Serve hot, with sweet chilli sauce, lime wedges, coriander, shredded spring onion and red chilli.

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Comments (92)

pobpringle's picture

I made these as a mid-week meal with sweet potato wedges that i roasted in a chilli dressing. The whole meal was absolutely delicious. I am going to try them as a smaller bite size version to take to a barbeque at the weekend.

analisa's picture

Great recipe! These were really tasty - made these cakes a few weeks ago and they're on the menu tonight - a firm favourite!!

karynne-marie's picture

These are lovely. They are easy to make and can be prepared ahead if you want them for a dinner party. I'm going to try adding an extra spice or 2 and then maybe they will be worthy of 5 stars. I did find that dusting them in flour before cooking helped give them a crispier coating.

gowri_j's picture

What a crowd pleaser! The compliments kept coming.

We don't have a food processor so made the mixture by hand, which I can attribute the firmness of the cakes.

This was served as a starter and a squeeze of lime and some chilli on top really complimented the flavours. Do not omit these (well the lime at least otherwise it's too dry). Was not amazing cold (had a little leftover for lunch) but perhaps if I'd looked at the advice on here and added ground spices that would've helped.

buona_forchetta's picture

Thought these were really tasty, although i realised i didn't have any coriander so left out the ginger and chilli sauce, and used parsley instead, dipping it in lemon mayonnaise. yum. a little springy texture-wise which isn't my favourite, but lovely overall.

lorraineok's picture

I've only recently started cooking as a hobby and tried this recipe for an evening meal - it was easy to do, and delicious to eat. Might try and make smaller bites for entertaining over the holidays.

ctcondor's picture

I don't have a food processor so instead of chicken I used ready minced turkey and added some garam masala - I loved these. I have done them several times already and served them as a main with rice or noodles. I have also put fried up some mushrooms and put those in as well - yummy!

jamish9's picture

These are delicious and easy to make. i put them in the fridge before cooking and made them into smaller cakes; served as a starter.

hollywoozle's picture

My mum used to make these all the time...they are DELICIOUS!!

bigross2489's picture

Fantastic starter, everyone had a couple of cakes each which was plenty! Although i wanted more! The only change i would make would be to use red chilli's to add some more colour

deadams's picture

These were lovely - very easy and quick. May try the suggestions included in these comments of adding some spices next time to see if there's an improvement but didn't seem necessary

sarahperry's picture

Made these as a starter last night..YUM!! I added salt and black pepper to the mixture and they came out really well. I also added some steak seasoning which gives them a bit of extra kick and flavour. Will make these next week for a dinner party!

pshopper's picture

Loved the taste and texture of these Thai patties. The only thing the recipe omitted was salt and next time I will add some. I also pre-cooked them and then 10 minutes before serving I popped them into a hot oven and they were lovely and light.

pinkylou30's picture

This is a great recipe, have made these loads of times and are certainly a firm favourite in our house, for a main meal we have these with potato wedges and salad. They are great as a starter too with salad for a dinner party.

chedges's picture

Bit bland and boring for me. Definitely needs more substance and flavour. I might try again and use the extra spices as suggested on here, or some curry paste.

khannako's picture

So easy and tasty dish! I made some changes too, didn't have coriander and instead of green chilli used red and lot of it. I think cakes tasted even better with some salt and black pepper added to the mix.

janerollinson's picture

Made these for a Boxing Night buffet and they disappeared very quickly; a real antidote for all the rich Christmas food! I made them ahead, cooked and froze them, then reheated them in the steamer to make sure they stayed nice & moist.

liannedawson's picture

Made these as a starter and they were really easy and delicious. Will defintely make again.

bojanlo's picture

Great snacks! My girlfriend doesn't like Asian cuisine, but after this simple recipe she's willing to try the lot.

pmr747's picture

Nice but we felt that they needed a little something extra to give them a bit more flavour. Would do again but maybe add something else to give a bit of flavour (not sure what yet). Doddle to make.


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