Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs

Two bite curried chicken puffs
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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  unassuming  looking  sheets of  dough.  Here is a  good example – Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs.  Bite size pieces of chicken  flavored  with curry  spices  are  rolled in  the  puff pastry sheets  and  baked.   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 the Masala

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.

Finish Cooking the chickenTake 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 .

Fill the pastry sheets

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 fillinf  along  one  diagonal of  each   square .

Chicken Puff , fold over

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  wate .

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 ?

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.

Two Bite Curried Chicken Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: About 2 dozen

Two Bite Curried  Chicken Rolls

Ingredients

Puff pastry Sheet
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast- 1 lb
Onion - 1 Small (1C Chopped)
Garlic - 2 Cloves
Ginger - 1/2 Inch piece
Turmeric - 1/2 Tsp
Coriander - 1 Tsp
Chii powder - 1/2 Tsp (To Taste)
Coconut Milk - 1/2 C
Salt - 1/2 Tsp
Oil - 2 Tbsp
Cilantro - 1/2 Bunch
Lemon - 1
Egg -1
Nigella seeds / black Sesame Seeds - 1/2 Tsp

Instructions

Cut the chicken into 1/2 inch size cubes. Chop the onions fine. Mince the garlic and ginger.

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.

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.

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 .

Thaw the puff pastry sheet according to the package directions.

Cut into squares with 2.5 to 3 inch sides.

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.

Break the egg and beat with 1 tsp water to make an egg wash .

Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle the seeds on top.

Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15 to 20 mins.

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