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    2 hrs 10 mins

    40 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    A rather unusual Moroccan Chicken Pie that is both savoury and sweet. Traditionally, it uses pigeon or capon, but chicken is a good, and more readily available substitute. This is really good, so roll up your sleeves and give it a go!

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    1. 1
      In a large pot, melt ¼ cup of butter over moderate heat and add chickens, parsley, onion, saffron and 2 cups water.
    2. 2
      Bring mixture to boil and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.
    3. 3
      Transfer chicken to cutting board, reserving liquid, and let cool.
    4. 4
      Shred chicken and return meat to liquid.
    5. 5
      Bring to boil and cook, stirring, until almost all liquid is evaporated.
    6. 6
      Let cool.
    7. 7
      In a bowl, combine almonds and 1 cup of sugar.
    8. 8
      Add ½ of almond mixture to chicken, stir in beaten eggs, pepper and 2 tsps cinnamon.
    9. 9
      Preheat oven to 330°F and place rack in middle of oven.
    10. 10
      Line a buttered 13 x 14 inch ovenproof dish with 1 sheet of phyllo.
    11. 11
      Brush generously with butter.
    12. 12
      Layer 5 more sheets of phyllo in the same way, brushing each one generously with butter.
    13. 13
      Sprinkle remaining almond mixture over phyllo and top with chicken.
    14. 14
      Cover with remaining 4 sheets of phyllo, buttered, folding in edges to enclosed filling and brushing more butter over top.
    15. 15
      Bake pastry for 25-30 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
    16. 16
      Sift remaining ¼ cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon over top.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 28, 2003


      I have had this at a restaurant before. It is an incredible mix of flavors! Try it!

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    • on May 16, 2003

      I ate this last week at our local technical college. I've seen it (the recipe) before, but never tasted it. They made it with squab, and served it with a salad of rocket dressed with pomegranate seeds. It's fantastic, so give this recipe a try.

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    • on June 14, 2010


      I halved the recipe. Everything came out very good, but we just didn't like the sweet and savory combination. I gave it 5 stars because the formula and directions of the recipe was great, but it just wasn't to our liking.

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    Nutritional Facts for B'stilla

    Serving Size: 1 (593 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1101.9
    Calories from Fat 694
    Total Fat 77.1 g
    Saturated Fat 25.0 g
    Cholesterol 358.5 mg
    Sodium 468.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.6 g
    Sugars 20.8 g
    Protein 62.6 g

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