A simple recipe for baked Chicken Curry Puffs.
A visit to most Chinese restaurants will reveal curry puffs on the appetiser menu and I always have a soft spot for anything wrapped in pastry. I could sometimes quite happily forego the main dish and just sit down to a huge serving of curry puffs!
But curry puffs are not just from the domain of Chinese restaurants – they are popular in Vietnamese cuisine too.
Curry Puff Recipe
Curry puffs can be wrapped in a variety of different pastries, such as filo pastry, wonton wrappers, spring roll wrappers (egg roll wrappers) or puff pastry.
The restaurants typically serve them deep-fried, but baking them is also an option, especially if you are using puff pastry.Print
Chicken Curry Puffs
- Prep Time: 45 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: Makes about 20
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Oven, Stove Top
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
For the filling
- 1–2 tablespoons olive oil
- 500 g (1 lb) minced chicken (ground chicken)
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3–4 teaspoons curry powder (see Kitchen Notes)
- sea salt
- freshly cracked pepper
- 250 ml (1 cup) coconut milk
- 250 ml (1 cup) chicken stock
- 3 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 large potatoes, cut into 1 cm (1/2 inch) dice
- 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1 cm (1/2 inch) dice
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch) mixed in some water
- 1 lime (optional)
- coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
To assemble the curry puffs
- ready-rolled puff pastry
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
To prepare the filling
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan over high heat.
- Cook the chicken until it has browned all over.
- Add the onion, garlic and curry powder.
- Cook for a few minutes until the onions have softened.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the coconut milk, chicken stock and fish sauce.
- Stir through the potatoes, sweet potatoes and frozen peas (no need to defrost).
- Cook for 20-30 minutes on low-medium heat, or until the potatoes and sweet potatoes have cooked through.
- Taste the sauce for seasoning.
- Turn the stove up to medium-high heat, and stir through some of the cornflour (cornstarch) slurry. You may not need all of it. You only need just enough to thicken the sauce so that you have a thick mixture. Alternatively, if your sauce is already too thick or too concentrated, add some boiling water.
- Taste for seasoning again, and add some lime juice to taste (optional).
- Once you are happy with the seasoning, stir through the coriander (cilantro).
- Transfer the filling to a bowl or plate, and set aside to cool completely. The filling will thicken more upon cooling.
To assemble the curry puffs
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).
- Place a metal baking tray in the oven.
- Cut the puff pastry into squares, about 12 cm (5 inches) in measurement.
- Place 1-2 tablespoons of filling in the centre of each pastry square.
- Brush the edges with the egg wash.
- Fold over one half of the pastry square to form a triangle.
- Pinch the edges together, either with your fingers or with the tines of a fork.
- Repeat until you have used all of your puff pastry.
- Place all of the curry puffs on a sheet of baking paper.
- Brush each curry puff with egg wash.
- Carefully transfer the baking paper with the curry puffs onto the hot baking tray.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden.
All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.
To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.