Moroccan chicken pot pie

By admin
23 January 2016

Crispy pastry tops a fragrant, creamy chicken mixture. The typical Moroccan flavours of the chicken pot are perfectly balanced so don’t be tempted to leave out any of the ingredients.

Serves 6 Preparation: 20 min Marinating: 1 hour Cooking: 45 min

MARINADE

  • 250 ml (1 c) thick plain yoghurt
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 20 ml (4 t) ground cumin
  • 5 ml (1 t) chilli powder

CHICKEN

  • 8 chicken breast fillets, sliced
  • SAUCE
  • 30 ml (2 T) oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cans (400 g each) chopped tomatoes
  • 10 ml (2 t) ground ginger
  • 10 ml (2 t) ground coriander
  • 15 ml (1 T) paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 375 ml (1½ c) chicken stock
  • 75 ml (5 T) cold butter, cubed
  • 24 green olives, pitted
  • 125 ml (½ c) chopped fresh coriander
  • 125 ml (½ c) chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • PASTRY
  • 18 phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
  • melted butter
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked

1 Marinade: Combine the ingredients in a large non-metal bowl.

2 Chicken: Stir the chicken into the marinade, cover and chill for 1 hour.

3 Sauce: Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onions and cinnamon stick and fry over medium heat for 3 minutes or until the onions are soft.

4 Add the tomatoes, ginger, coriander, paprika, garlic and stock and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.

5 Stir the chicken with the marinade into the pan and cook gently for 10 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through but still tender. Stir in the cold butter, olives, coriander and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon into 6 single-serving baking dishes and set aside to cool.

6 Preheat the oven to 190 °C.

7 Brush butter over one pastry sheet, crumple the pastry and place on top of one of the baking dishes. Repeat, using 3 pastry sheets for each dish.

8 Brush the top with whisked egg. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden and the filling is bubbling.

-- Hope Malau

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