Sunday, November 2, 2008

RM2- Chicken Puffs

This will be second dish for Recipe Marathon. Its very handy when you have some store bought Puff Pastry. You can prepare a variety of dishes with it. I always loved the Egg Puffs, Veg Puffs, and Chicken Puffs which were sold in a bakery near our school in Elamakkara, Kerala. After a tiring day at school, sometimes I used to purposely skip the school bus so that I could stop over at this bakery and have these crunchy, munchy snacks along with cool Lemon juice,mmm...those were the days I miss now. I should say I miss my school days more than college days , maybe because school was closer to my home and after a tiring day, it was good to have good home-made food from my mother's kitchen than from the college hostel canteen.

I was glad after I made the chicken puffs as they tasted too good and I could relish it and make it anytime I wanted to as its really simple to make. The only work needed is to make the filling in advance. I precooked the chicken in advance, but that's optional, as you can shred it and cook it later too.

Here is how I made it:


Shredded cooked (skinless,boneless) chicken thighs - 3 chicken thighs
Coriander (cilantro) leaves- a small bunch
Onion chopped finely- 1 small onion
Ginger-garlic paste- 1 teaspoon
Tomato paste - 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
Garam masala- 1 teaspoon
Green chilli thinly sliced- 4 nos
Oil- 1 tablespoon
Salt - as per taste

For making Puffs:
Frozen Puff pastry sheet (I used Pepperidge Farm brand)


To make the filling:

Keep a wok on the fire and add 1 tablespoon oil. When the oil is hot, add Asafoetida and green chillies and saute for 10-15 seconds. Then add onion, ginger garlic paste and chicken and saute until chicken pieces start browning, turn fire to medium and add garam masala and tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes. Meanwhile allow the puff Pastry sheets to thaw according to Package instructions. Check for salt and let it cook another 2 minutes and then remove from fire.

To make puffs:

This you may cut it according to your choice. I cut it square shape and then tried my best to make all the puffs look the same shape, though I know they don't look much. Bake according to instructions on Package. It took around 17 minutes to make these puffs in the oven. They came out flaky and tasty :)

My other marathon buddies have been cooking up a feast, check their blogs:

1) DK

2) Siri

3) Srivalli

4) Ranji

5) PJ

6) Curry Leaf

7) Medha

8) Priya

9) Bhawna

10) Raaji

11) Ruchii

12) Arundathi

13) Kamala

14) Divya Kudua

15) Rekha

16) Divya M

17) Lakshmi

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