What can be more satisfying than a lovely, freshly baked vetkoek (fatcake) with the savory filling of your choice? Try this recipe for a very tasty chicken mayo fatcake. You may use fresh shop bought bread dough instead of kneading the dough yourself.

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Chicken Mayo Vetkoek (Fatcake)

Delicious, quick and easy chicken mayo vetkoek
3.58 from 7 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 36 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine South African
Servings 10
Calories 1753 kcal


  • 7 cups flour
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 10 g packet dry yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 750 ml oil for deep frying

Chicken Mayo Filling

  • 500 g chicken fillets diced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp spice for chicken
  • 2 cloves
  • mayonnaise to taste
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • tsp black pepper
  • tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Mix sugar, yeast and some lukewarm water together and leave to foam,
  • Sift salt and flour together. Pour yeast mix into flour and knead.
  • Keep adding water a little at a time and keep kneading until it is the consistency of bread dough.
  • Cover with a cloth and put in a warm place. Leave 1 hour to rise to approximately twice its original size.
  • Knead the dough down and spread it flat over a well oiled surface, approximately 1½ cm thick. Cut into squares of about 6 x 6cm. You may cut them smaller for cocktail bites or larger if preferred.
  • Stretch each individual piece somewhat before sliding it into very hot oil. This will help to make a hollow for the filling.
  • Fry for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Turn once only.
  • Do not cook too many together at one time - they rise out again.
  • Drain on kitchen paper.

For the Chicken Mayo Filling

  • Sprinkle lemon juice over chicken.
  • Fry in a pan with some oil until brown.
  • Add spices and about 50ml water to simmer in for 15 minutes.
  • Simmer until dry. Remove cloves. Ensure chicken pieces are small.
  • Mix with mayonnaise to taste and fill fatcakes.


Calories: 1753kcalCarbohydrates: 116gProtein: 33gFat: 129gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 36gMonounsaturated Fat: 80gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 1074mgPotassium: 487mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 26IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 7mg
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