Spicy Chicken Pastries

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Makes about 30 pastries

These flaky delicious little pastries are filled with a flavourful shredded chicken filling. They make for the perfect snack that can be prepared ahead of time and is ideal for tea time, picnics, iftar starter or for your lunch box.

boneless thighs, cubed
(marinate in 2 tbsp yoghurt, 1/2 tsp each of ginger and garlic pastes, 1 tsp lemon juice, pinch of salt and pinch of paprika powder)
2 tbsp
medium onion, finely sliced
medium capsicum, finely sliced
1 tsp
ginger paste
1 tsp
garlic paste
1 tsp
1 tsp
chilli flakes or 1 chopped chilli
1/2 tsp
cumin powder
1 tsp
tandoori powder or paprika powder
juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp
tomato sauce/ketchup
puff pastry or any bread dough that you like
beaten egg for egg wash

Marinate the chicken in 2 tbsp yoghurt, 1/2 tsp each of ginger and garlic pastes, 1 tsp lemon juice, pinch of salt and pinch of paprika powder for about an hour or up to overnight. Remember to remove the chicken from the fridge half an hour before you begin cooking in order to bring it to room temperature.

When ready to cook, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, add the marinated chicken cubes and fry over high heat for just 2-3 minutes to give the chicken some flavour and colour. You can do this in two batches in order not to crowd the pan. Remove the chicken chunks on to a plate and set aside.  

In the same pan, heat another tablespoon of oil and add the onion slices. Sauté for a minute until they soften slightly, then add the sliced capsicum and stir it in for another minute or two. Next add the ginger, garlic, chilli, cumin powder, paprika powder, salt and the half-cooked chicken and its juices. Cook for a few minutes on high heat then reduce the heat. Cover the pan and cook until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove the lid, increase the heat again and dry off any excess moisture, then add the ketchup and lemon juice. Mix well, taste and adjust if needed then turn off the heat. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and then shred the chicken with your fingers and keep it covered. I like to smoke this filling to give it a nice aroma. To do this, light up a small coal and then place it on a piece of foil. Put this right in the centre of the dish containing the shredded chicken. Drop a tiny bit of oil on the lit coal and immediately cover the dish. Let the chicken filling smoke for about a minute, then uncover and discard the coal and piece of foil.

I used ready made puff-pastry to shape these parcels. But you can make them using pizza dough or any other dough from my recipes that has worked well for you. 

Roll out your puff pastry and cut out squares. Fill one half of each square with the spicy chicken filling, then fold the other half over and seal the edges with a fork. Make a couple of slashes over the top for steam to escape during baking. Keep going until all are done.

You can freeze the pastries at this point until needed or bake them immediately. Place them on a lightly oiled tray, brush them with beaten egg and bake at 180 C for about 20-25 minutes or until puffed up and golden.

Serve with lemon slices.

Enjoy! :)


Can we freeze these uncooked even if we r using pizza dough?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

No, I would not recommend freezing unbaked ones if using pizza dough. Best to bake and then freeze. If using puff pastry you can freeze them either unbaked or after baking for up to 2 weeks.

asslamo alikum fauzia
i saw your all recipes and some tried .thanks for all amazing recipes...plz upload more new ramadan iftar recipes .....some thing new dishes

Can i freeze the filling and then use it whn needed.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can. :)

is it possible to bake in halogen oven?? if yes pls mention the time and temperature

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Sorry but I've never used a halogen oven so am not sure on how the time and temp will vary.

can you please let me know where to buy these puff pastry in Lahore? Can we find them in Alfatah or can you suggest any bakery?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Sorry I am not from Lahore so am not sure where you can find puff pastry there. Try your local bakeries or supermarkets please. :)

Is it a must to make slashes on top of the pastry? Will it make any difference if we dont make slashes?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

No, it is not a must although it does help the steam to escape from inside so it results in a crispier pastry. :)

Ok thanku

Can I use fillet instead of chicken?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can.

Same ingredients and marination?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes same, although the meat will take longer to cook, so be sure to cook it until it is tender.

salaam sister,ramadan kareem to you & your family.can i use chicken breast meat for this recipe.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam and Ramadhan Kareem to you too. Yes you can use chicken breast.

Salam fouzia..need to ask how pizza bread will result..i mean does it be same crispy as from puff pastry....i want to make ds from pizza dough but afraid of its out come..thinking ots soft n soggy:-(

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, no...pizza dough is not the same thing as puff pastry. It will definitely not be crispy or flaky. It will be soft like a bun.

Salaam...the spicy chicken filling I have made is very dry. What can I put into the mixture to fix this problem?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, add a bit of tomato sauce or ketchup or pizza sauce.