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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Turnovers with Cilantro Dip

A great make ahead appetizer for a get together. These golden and crispy oven baked samosa-inspired turnovers are sweet, spicy and oh, so tasty.
Serves: 24
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 45 min


Chicken Samosas

3 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
½ sweet onion, finely chopped (180 g) (about 1 cup)
1 garlic clove, minced
450 g ground chicken
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp curry powder
½ tsp chili flakes
½ tsp salt
1 bosc pear, peeled and grated (220 g)
1 tsp cornstarch
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp lime juice
½ tsp soy sauce
12 spring roll pastry sheets (8”x8”), cut in half

Cilantro Dip

1 cup mayonnaise or greek yogurt
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp water
¼ tsp chili flakes
⅛ tsp salt

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until they begin to brown, 7 – 8 minutes. Add garlic to onions and cook for another minute.

  2. Add chicken to onion mixture and break up with wooden spoon. Season with mustard powder, curry powder, chili flakes and salt. Cook until no pink remains in chicken, about 6 minutes.

  3. Stir cornstarch with water, maple syrup, lime juice and soy sauce in a small bowl. Stir in to chicken mixture and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and set aside to cool, 20 minutes.

  4. Place all the dip ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve dip alongside turnovers.

  5. Preheat oven to 375˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  6. Lightly brush halved spring roll sheets with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Working one at a time, place filling by the tablespoon full at the bottom of a pastry strip. Take left corner across filling and place it on the right side to form a triangle. Fold it over again to form a next triangle, then take the right corner to left side and continue folding until strip is used up and no open edges remain. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling. Place turnovers on prepared sheet and brush with oil. Bake until golden, 25 – 30 minutes. Makes 24 turnovers.

Nutrition Info

Per 1/24 serving Amount
Protein7.1 g
Fat3.4 g
Saturated Fat0.8 g
Carbohydrate11.6 g
Fibre0.7 g
Sugar1.4 g
Cholesterol18 mg
Sodium170 mg
Per 1/24 serving % Daily Value