Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs

Two bite Curried Chicken Puffs
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These  two bite  curried  chicken  puffs are a  crowd pleaser. A  quick version  of   chicken  curry  rolled  into  bite sized puff pastry shells  – it  looks  and  tastes  good.  This is a  party food  that both kids  and  adults  like. With a  little planning  you can make it ahead  and   bake  just   before  your  party.

Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs

Nothing matches  the  versatility of  the puff  pastry sheets  when  it  comes  to making   easy appetizers. Sweet,  savory ,  crunchy  or  soft   all these  tastes  and  textures  are  easy to achieve   with   these .  If  you are  using  store bought  sheets all the  more  easier.

These unassuming  sheets  of   dough  bake and  puff into many layers  creating  an unparalleled  textural  delight.  Add  your   flavorings  and  you have a  crowd  pleaser. Making  these  are  hassle and    requires  a  bit  of  skill.  If  you can not  find  puff pastry sheets  here is  a quick version . these are not  as  good  as  the  original puff pastry sheets ,but  still create a  flaky  layers pastry shell.

Here is a  good example  of  what  you can  do with these sheets – Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs.  Bite size pieces of chicken  flavored  with curry  spices  are  rolled in  the  puff pastry  sheets. You  can  assemble  these  ahead of   time and  bake   when needed.    Easy to make,  easy to  serve  not to  mention  delicious !

This is  a make ahead  kind of  recipe.  Cook the   chicken  ahead of  time , may be a  day or 2 in advance, and  keep chilled  till use. Or  better  still  double  the  batch  and   finish half    with  extra  coconut cream  or   cream   for an easy chicken  curry.    You will be  surprised  how  different the chicken tastes  in each of  these  versions.

Making Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs

Like  any good  curry recipe  this too is  built up in layers. Heat  2 tablespoons of  oil in a  pan.  When it  gets  hot  add  the chopped onions  and  saute for a  minute.  When the onions begin to soften add   the  grated  ginger and  garlic .  Stir  and  cook  for  a  minute. Add  the  spices and  stir fry for a minute  till the spicy aromas  fill the  air. Add the  chicken pieces to the pan. Sir  to  coat  all the  pieces  with the onion spice  mix.  Stir in the  coconut  milk  and  cover  with  a  lid.  Cook  the curry for 10 minutes or  till  the  chicken is  cooked  through.

Take the  lid  off.  The  chicken dish should  be semi dry. Squeeze  a  little  lemon on  top, mix  taste  and  adjust  salt and  spice if  needed.  Sprinkle  the  cilantro on top, mix  and  take off  the  heat. Let  it  cool to room temperature.   It  can  be  done  a  day or  two in advance. Keep the  dish chilled  till use .

Thaw  the  puff pastry sheets according  to the  package  directions.   These  should  be  cold  but  not  hard  and  unyielding.  Cut  the  sheets  into squares  with  sides of about  2.5  to 3  inches.    Place a  little of  the   chicken  curry filling  along  one  diagonal of  each   square .

Fold  the  other  ends over the  filling  and  press to close at the  center. Prepare the  egg-wash by  beating  the  egg  with 1 tsp of  water .
Brush the  egg-wash  on top of the  puffs  and  sprinkle  the  seeds on top.  The  seeds  are  optional , but  don’t  they  look  beautiful  against  the   pastry sheets ?

Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs

While  preparing  the  puffs , preheat the oven to 400°F .  Place  the  puffs  in the  preheated oven  and  bake for 15 to 20  minutes  till the  tops  are  browned  nicely.

Serve with a  side of ketchup of  hot sauce.

So here is the recipe for two bite curried chicken puffs.

Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Thaw/ Cooling Time
30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 

This is  perfect appetizer  recipe  for a  dinner party .  Bite sized pieces of chicken  are cooked in curry  spices . It is  later  given an  attractive wrapping  with puff pastry sheets and  baked ! 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: India
Author: Syama
Ingredients
  • Puff pastry Sheet As Needed
  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (500 g )
  • 1 Onion Small - about 1C Chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Inch Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili powder To Taste
  • 1/2 C Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt To Taste
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 Bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Tsp Nigella Seeds / Black Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken into 1/2 inch size cubes. Chop the onions fine. Mince the garlic and ginger.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Add the chopped onions to the hot oil and stir fry for a minute. Add the minced ginger and garlic along with 1/2 tsp salt and cook until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Add the curry spices - coriander, turmeric and cayenne - and stir fry for a minute. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat the pieces with the spice mix. Stir in the coconut milk. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove the cover. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze a little juice on top and mix in. Taste and adjust the seasonings to taste. Sprinkle the cilantro on top and turn off the heat. Set aside to cool .
  5. Thaw the puff pastry sheet according to the package directions.
  6. Cut into squares with 2.5 to 3 inch sides.
  7. Place 1 to 2 tablespoon of the cooled mixture on a diagonal of the puff pastry square. Fold the free ends over the filling and press close.
  8. Break the egg and beat with 1 tsp water to make an egg wash .
  9. Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle the seeds on top.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15 to 20 mins.
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