Chicken Risoles

Deep-fried snacks are my favorites. I make my own fried food as often as I can as I just can’t resist them. Risoles are just soft spring rolls with gooey vegetable fillings. They are made and sold fresh. The quality of the risoles depends on the quality of the ingredients and freshness of cooking oil. The crumbs will soak some of the oil, so you would want decent and clean oil on your risoles.

The skin is crepe-like and made individually. Driving me crazy, you said? Yeah, they drive me crazy. The thin skin. For the first 20-ish, they are often as thick as jeans. The last 20ish usually they are nice, thin and rather presentable.

Fillings are made of chicken, carrots, peas, onions and beans cooked in milk and chicken stock, thickened with flour. Vegetarian version is without meat and more vegetables. The spices used are either ground coriander or ground nutmeg.

Risoles are crumbed twice, compared to the one time usually done. The risoles are coated with egg white mixture, then bread crumbs, and egg white mixture again and lastly, bread crumbs. I believe some added sprinkle of tapioca starch on the egg white for that extra crunchy bites that last a bit longer.

The prepping work is quite a lot, but I believe if you have the right equipment (or person) to help you with the cutting part, it would be quite an easy process.

I always start with cooking the filling and getting it out of the way. Heat cooking oil in a wok and stir-fry onion till fragrant and transluscent, about 2-3 minutes.

Add chicken and cook till the chicken pieces turn white, but not yet entirely cooked.

Add boiled carrots and potatoes. Carrot and potato need to be boiled till quite soft and very cooked, otherwise the sharp edges of cubes will tear the thin wrapper easily. It would be best to cut them into smaller pieces. I would do so next time.

Toss in frozen peas.

Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Add chopped Chinese celery and mix well.

Add flour into the mixture. Cook over high heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring continuously, until the flour completely covered the rest of ingredients and soaked the juices.

Add milk into the wok

And chicken or vegetable stock.

Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool.

Next is to make the wrapper. Combine egg, milk, melted butter and flour in a bowl.

Whisk lightly until it forms thin batter.

Spray a 20cm non-stick pan with oil and wipe the oil off with kitchen towel. Turn heat to high. Pour 1/4 cup batter into the pan.

Quickly swirl the pan around to evenly coat the pan with batter. Cook the wrapper for about 1-2 minute, until the sides slightly curl up. Loosen the sides with fork quickly

Flip the pan on top of a flat plate or counter. The wrapper will fall of the pan easily, if the teflon coating is still intact and pan is well oiled. Continue with the rest of the batter. The amount of skin yielded will depend on how thinly you spread the batter across the pan. The thinner the skin, the more you get out of the recipe. If the batter is too thick and it makes you difficult to swirl it around to cover the pan, add more water to thin it out.

To prepare the risoles, place filling on top of wrapper, with side of wrapper with holes facing up. About 1-2 tablespoons of filling is enough.

Roll the wrapper away from you.

Fold the sides as neatly as possible

Roll away from you, brush the top part with egg white for extra sealing.

Continue with the rest of the wrappers and filling.

Prepare 2 plates for coating, one for egg white and another for bread crumbs. I was using two types of bread crumbs as I didn’t have enough of each type that day. Coat the risoles lightly with egg white.

Drop it into plate with thin crumbs. The crumbs are made from ground toasted bread. Coat the roll completely with crumbs

Coat risoles with egg white again.

Lastly, roll it with more bread crumbs. I used coarse panko bread crumbs. But fine crumbs is okay too.

The double layer ensure extra crispiness.

Deep-fry rolls in hot oil till golden brown.

Also, happy new year to you all! I am sorry for not showing up for months. Being sick sucks, but I enjoy the extra 2 months rest prescribed by the doctor.


Chicken Risoles

Makes 30-40 risoles


For filling
1 onion, chopped
125 g chicken, cubed
150 g carrots, boiled and cubed
150 g potatoes, boiled and cubed
50 g peas
125 ml milk
75 g flour
200 ml chicken stock
1 1/2 tbsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
30 g Chinese celery
1/2 cup oil

For skin wrapper
1 egg
50 ml milk
1/2 tsp salt
70 g flour
150 g water
1 tbsp butter, melted

For crumbing
4 egg whites
400 g bread crumbs, panko or fine
Oil for deep-frying


For filling
Heat oil over medium heat. Stir-fry onion until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add chicken pieces, cook for about 3 more minutes.
Combine carrot, potatoes and peas into the wok. Continue cooking until all ingredients are well distributed, about 2 minutes.
Season with nutmeg, pepper and salt.
Add chopped celery and mix well.
Add flour and stir continuously for 5 minutes.
Pour milk and chicken stock into the wok. Let simmer for 5 minutes, till the mixture thickens, stirring a couple of times to ensure even cooking.
Turn off heat and let cool.

For wrapper

Combine flour, salt, water milk, butter and egg yolk in a bowl.
Whisk mixture to a thin batter.
Pour 1/4 cup of batter into a lightly oiled and preheated non-stick pan (20cm).
Cook until the sides start to curl up, about 1-2 minutes over medium heat.
Loosen the sides with fork and flip the pan quickly on a plate to get the wrapper off.
Continue with the rest of the batter.

For assembling
Place a tablespoon of filling into the middle of a wrapper.
Roll the side of wrapper away from you, form a 5cm log.
Fold both sides to the middle, ensuring no gaps.
Roll the risoles up and brush the tip with egg white for sealing.

For crumbing
Prepare two plates, egg white and crumbs each.
Dip risoles into egg white. Coat it with crumbs.
Dip the crumbed risoles back into egg white and coat it again with more crumbs.

For frying
Heat cooking oil in a saucepan.
Lower the rolls into hot oil, two or three at a time.
Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
Serve warm with chili sauce or bird's eye chili.

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20 Responses to “Chicken Risoles”

  1. 1

    Mrs Ergül — January 3, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    It has been so long since I last hear someone else say she loves deep-fried food. It is almost like this species is extinct! A lot of work indeed but I’m sure it was all worth it judging by how good they look!

    Hope you are feeling better already!

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    pickyin@LifeIsGreat — January 3, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    I’ve never tried risoles until that dinner with you. Will be making this!

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    Tine — January 3, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    That looks great!

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    Sara Febriany — January 3, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    Hi Jun,
    It’s so great to see you back to blog again :)
    Hope you are totally healed now…

    As usual your recipes are always nice,tks for sharing,this one I especially love the wrapper,I must try it,coz last time I’m totally fail on the wrapper :)

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    Sara — January 3, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Hi – Thanks for recommending using a Teflon® non-stick pan while making your Chicken Risoles. I represent DuPont and it’s always a pleasure to see people recommending our products in their recipes.

    If you are interested in some other recipes or great cookbooks to look at for your blog, drop me an email and I would be glad to help you out! Thanks. Cheers, Sara

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    Sharon @ Feats of Feasts — January 5, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    u were ill? Oh dear, and here i thought u were on vacation. Hope you’re feeling better. Love this dish and here’s to deep fried food…in moderation or course. :)

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    mycookinghut — January 7, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Looks absolutely delicious!

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    Ira Rodrigues — January 8, 2012 @ 4:52 am

    this is the TOP snack in our home. i always want to cry to do tiny dice of the carrots, process the skin that are not easily ripped which quite tricky, fiuuhh…
    * anyway, glad i have finally got your cooking up-dated:)) take care June !

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    zenchef — January 8, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    I’ve been missing your posts. I’m hope you’re feeling better and back to regular blogging. I must say, those look absolutely amazing. I’m saving the recipe and will be making them soon.

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    Gertrude — January 8, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Sorry Jun to hear that you’re not well. Hope you are alright now. Looking forward to see back in actions. Take care.

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    thoma — January 17, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    i’ve made these and ya they’re worth all the effort. i read in the comments you unwell. wht happened? and wht did the Royal Selangor people finally say??

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    Alviana Kalin — January 28, 2012 @ 2:27 am

    such a great blog. looking forward for you new post!


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    indobeta — February 7, 2012 @ 4:09 am

    wow it must delicious, give me one :p

    i will make it tomorrow

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    jelly — March 4, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    thanks for this resol recepe,,,i’ll make it very soon,,cos this is the one ilike,,it’s just perfect,,i hv it be 4,when im still in medan,,my friends make it for me.but i dont know how to make,n never think want to make,but now im not in indo anymore,that why i hv to make this resol,,thanks alot 4 all ur recepe in here,i like most every things here:)))))))but if u hv any recepe to make neng ko,like in pasaramai or in carefour,they put in small plastis pink and white,broun and white,green and white,,can keep for few days,,long time ago madam from nanmin make,they put in the bambu basket,,,im looking online many years,,but never see,,pls,,,,

    • Jun replied: — March 12th, 2012 @ 8:05 am

      I am yet to learn now to make ‘neng-ko’. It looks very complicated and I haven’t found anyone who’s willing to share the recipe

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    jelly — March 12, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    juni,,thanks alot,,for every thing,,i make ur risol today,,and it turn out just like it…im mms to my friends here:))))) they are angry:)))) they want to eat,,,again,,thanks,,hope u found the recipe to make neng ko 1 day,,cos no body they what it is in here,,,and lo pho peng recipe also…i dont like other country make,,i like medan lo pho peng like ur pic here,,,,i dont know how to thanks ,,,,,

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    Yulie — April 15, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    Hi Jun,

    Thank you sooooooo much for all the recepie you wrote.
    It helps me a lot.
    Whenever I want to cook, I always open yr blog for reference.
    Esp with all the beautiful photos and step by step. Makes it so much easier to follow.

    God bless you & thanks once again!

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    nurul — September 1, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    I’ve just stumbled upon your website! I love it!! Beautiful pictures and step by step instructions. I have almost no experience in cooking indonesian food so will definitely try some of your recipes!!

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    Bella — February 1, 2015 @ 8:45 am

    Great recipe will definitely try i like the step by step explaination with pictures.Can it be done with just one coating.

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    Tedy Merriman — April 13, 2015 @ 3:07 am

    O me gob… this is looks so irresistible. I used to have this when I was little. My next door used to gave me this risoles, and now I know exactly the secret of how to making the pastry of this. Now I can make it on my own. So lucky to find this blog. Terimakasih.

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