Chicken Parcels

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Makes 10 parcels

Crispy, flaky baked chicken parcels with a spicy minced chicken filling. Tasty snack!

Ingredients for Filling
chicken mince
onions, grated
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp
garlic paste
1 tsp
ginger paste
2 tbsp
chopped coriander
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
(or to taste)
1/2 tsp
cumin powder
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
garam masala
chopped green chilli
1 tbsp
Ingredients for Dough
2 cups
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
egg, lightly whisked
(reserve 1 tbsp. of the beaten egg to apply on the parcels before baking)
warm water, as needed
(about half a cup)
2 tbsp
ghee or softened butter
1 tbsp
rice flour

For step by step instructions, please click HERE.

First, start by cooking the filling.

Dry in a pan over medium heat the minced meat with all the spices, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, chili and some of the coriander. Once completely dry pour it all out into a bowl. You will re-use the pan later.

Peel and grate the onions. Using the same pan that you had used to dry the mince, put the spoonful of butter and lower the flame until the butter melts. Pour in the onions and stir fry until they become soft. Add a bit of turmeric powder to color them slightly and powdered black pepper.

Once the onions are nice and soft, pour in the dried mince from before. Stir together and leave on the heat for some time, about 5 mins or so, stirring constantly so the mince doesn't stick. Check for salt/pepper. Switch off the heat once you find the mince dry enough such that it sticks to the bottom of the pan. Squeeze some lemon and sprinkle a bit of garam masala and the chopped coriander.

Let this mixture cool completely. 

In the meantime, prepare the dough.

Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt. Add the egg and mix it in, then gradually add the water and knead to form a smooth and soft dough.

Cover the dough and set it aside to rest for about 20 minutes.

Then roll the dough out to form a big square of 14"x14". Apply the 2 tbsp. ghee all over the square. Then lightly dust the rice flour using a sieve to distribute it evenly over the square. If you don't have rice flour, just omit the ingredient. It helps add to the crispiness and to keep the layers separate, but the recipe will still work without it.

Roll the square into a tight swiss roll. Wrap it in foil or cling film and refrigerate it for a minimum of an hour. This helps chill the ghee/butter in the dough.

Once the time is up, remove the roll, remove the wrapping and then divide the roll into 10 equal portions.

Press each portion down to flatten it and roll it out into a circle. Add about 2 tbsp. of filling to the center of each circle, then gather the edges together to close the filling within the circle. Try not to gather too much dough as that will make the parcels have a bulky under-side. You can trim off any excess dough to even it out. Press the parcel down to flatten slightly and place on a greased baking tray.

Repeat with the remaining portions of dough.

I like drizzling 1 egg white beaten with 1 tsp. of water into the mince before putting it into the rolled dough. This helps hold the mincemeat together so that when you eat the parcels later, the mince doesn't crumble and fall apart.

Once all are done, preheat the oven at 180 C. Apply the reserved egg on the parcels, then bake them for about 25-30 minutes or until they are puffy and golden.

Cool them slightly before serving by placing them on rack.

Enjoy! :)


thank you so much fauzia............. you really are a blessing from almighty Allah. MA you have become a household name in many countries. your recipes are life savers. may Allah bless you and your partner for this wonderful job. this is sadakathul jariya.

for how many mts we shd pre heat the oven

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Different temperatures need different amounts of time, normally MOST ovens have some indicator to let you know that it has preheated to the desired temperature. Usually 180 C takes about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of oven being used.

thanks for the reply

Can the chicken roses be frozen either before baking or after? Will they become hard and tough if frozen then defrosted?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Freeze after baking. Please refer to my note on how to freeze breads: Freezing Breads

Thanks for ur lovely recipes they r amazing !!!

hi can i use selfrising flour for this recipe??if so will it taste the same???

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

SR flour will have too much baking powder than what is required for this recipe.

Asak..can you please tell me if the dough can work witbout egg? any other suggestion ?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/salaam, never tried without the egg.

Asak I tried making da chicken parcels but they didn't turn out so well
The parcels were very rubbery and hard they weren't crispy and soft pliz advice
Where I might jave gone x

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, did you make any changes to the dough recipe? And did you knead it well until it was soft?


Can i use this pastry recipe for mince pie???

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, yes you can. It is not the same as puff pastry but it still gives a nice crisp and flaky result.

hi could you use shredded chicken instead of mince?
dont have minced at the moment and i really wanna try this

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, yes that is fine. :)

Asalamualaikam do we have to boil the mince before we put it in the pan to dry it? JazaKillah Khairan for all your cooking ideas.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, no do not pre-boil.

Salam fouzia can i use this dough for spicy chkn pastries..i cudnt find puff pastry sheets:-(

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, this pastry recipe is not the same as puff pastry. The results will not be the same.