Chicken Cyril With a Tomato Basil Sauce

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

Italian seasoned chicken cooked in phyllo pastry with spinach, cashews and mozzarella, served with a light tomato basil sauce.... I just couldn't think what to call it, asked DH, and he said "Cyril". (It was 37 degrees and very humid, so this actually struck him as funny.) Hope you try it and enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C / 375°F
  2. Mix seasoned breadcrumbs with Italian seasoning in a shallow bowl; dip chicken into beaten egg, then into breadcrumb mixture, thoroughly coating
  3. Heat olive oil in frying pan; cook chicken, around 7 -10 minutes depending on breast thickness; set aside on paper towel
  4. Return pan to heat; lightly toast chopped cashews and toss through spinach til wilted; put cashew-spinach mix in a bowl and stir through mozzarella
  5. Mix melted butter and minced garlic together
  6. Spread out two sheets of phyllo on top of each other, brush with melted butter, fold in half
  7. Now place one of the chicken breast halves on phyllo, top with half cashew-spinach-cheese mixture, roll up to form a parcel, brush with butter mixture again
  8. Place in greased oven tray; repeat with other breast half, cook in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or til browned
  9. Meanwhile, make the tomato-basil sauce: In same pan (no need to clean!), pour diced tomatoes, white wine, garlic and seasoning, bring to the boil then simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  10. Stir though cream and shredded basil leaves and heat through for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper as desired
  11. Serve over phyllo chicken with a side of veggies!
Most Helpful

This was a very nice meal with an interesting combination of flavors. I made it exactly as directed. Next time though, I will pound the chicken flat and cut it into smaller pieces. Because I took the chicken straight out of the pkg and cooked it, the finished entrees were HUGE. Didn't leave much room for side dishes. Other than that, very elegant recipe, definitely one to impress company!

HeatherN April 11, 2008

Loved it! Was incredibly easy to prepare and even easier to eat. The flavours of the chicken, white wine, garlic and tomoatoes worked together beautifully. At first i wondered if the tomato sauce would soggy up the phyllo pastry but it didn't corrupt the texture and added so much to the flavour. I recommend this recipe for everyone - even if the name is a bit weird (although it did make me laugh). Eugene McCracken, Melbourne, Australia

drewitta February 16, 2005