Flavour-filled chicken and feta filo parcels

Apr 21, 2021
Chicken and feta filo parcels. Source: Getty Images

These little packages of joy are filled with the delightful flavours of Morocco. You’ll love the balance of the sweet, savoury and spiced flavours that belies their beautifully delicate exterior.

Baked until they are golden and served with a side salad, these flaky filo parcels are an easy meal for any night of the week.

Makes 9.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 Red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp Fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • Large pinch of saffron threads
  • 1/3 cup Chicken style liquid stock
  • 100g Baby spinach leaves
  • 50g Butter, melted
  • 9 sheets Filo pastry
  • 100g Feta, crumbled
  • 60g Chargrilled capsicum, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Continental parsley, coarsely chopped

Method

  1. Heat half the oil in a saucepan over high heat. Cook chicken, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Heat remaining oil in the pan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Add chicken, cinnamon, saffron and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Add spinach and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until the spinach just wilts. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 220C. Using a 12-cup muffin pan, brush 9 pans with melted butter.
  4. Place filo on a clean surface. Cover with a dry tea towel, then a damp tea towel (this prevents it from drying out). Brush 1 filo sheet with some butter. Top with another filo sheet. Brush with butter. Repeat with 1 more filo sheet and more butter. Cut into thirds lengthways. Cut each third in half crossways to make 6 stacks. Repeat with butter and remaining filo, to make 12 more rectangles.
  5. Line 1 pan with 1 filo rectangle. Top with another filo rectangle, at a 90-degree angle, allowing the edges to overhang. Repeat across 8 muffin pans with remaining filo rectangles. Add feta, capsicum and parsley to chicken mixture. Spoon mixture into filo cases. Fold over filo to enclose. Brush with remaining butter. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly.

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