Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 7 mins
Entry for RSC Winter January 2005 -- Main Dish
- 2 medium red potatoes, unpeeled, par boiled in salted water and cubed
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cubed
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 1⁄2 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 anaheim chilies (optional) or 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock, divided
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 cup snap peas, strings removed and cut in half (or frozen regular peas if you wish)
- 8 sheets phyllo dough
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup butter, melted
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves, whole
- Preheat oven to 400f degrees.
- Par boil scrubed, quartered, unpeeled potatoes in salted water, approximately 10 minutes, cool and cube into 1/2 inch pieces; set aside.
- Place coriander, cumin, salt and pepper in plastic bag; add chicken cubes and shake to coat; refrigerate until ready to use.
- In a large nonstick frypan, on medium high heat, melt 1/4 cup butter with olive oil, stir to mix.
- Add onions and mushrooms, saute until onions are just beginning to turn brown, about 8 minutes; add garlic, Anaheim pepper(if using) and chicken cubes with spices and any accumulated juices in bag, cook, stirring for 4 minutes.
- Add wine and deglaze pan, cook and stir another 2 minutes.
- Add 1 cup chicken stock, cook and stir 1 minute.
- In the meantime, add flour to 1/2 cup chicken stock and whisk until smooth; add to frypan while stirring to mix.
- Bring to simmer, simmer 1 minute, or until thickened, add snap peas and potatoes.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Remove from heat and set aside until ready to pour into prepared phyllo crust.
- Phyllo Crust:.
- On a dampened teatowel, lay out 8 phyllo pastry sheets; cover with a second dampened teatowel, keep covered while using so that it will not dry out.
- Brush medium size casserole with melted butter.
- Brush melted butter on one phyllo sheet, cover with a second sheet and brush second sheet with melted butter.
- Place the two sheets in buttered casserole, with the sheet edges/corners hanging over the casserole edge.
- Separate the spinach leaves into 4 piles, removing any long stems.
- Place one pile of spinach leaves in a layer to cover the bottom of the casserole on top of the pastry sheets.
- Repeat this 3 more times, rotating the pastry sheets so that the pastry corners are beside each other around the casserole edge; ending with a layer of spinach.
- Pour chicken mixture into spinach lined crust; smooth top and fold edges of phyllo over filling with the corners meeting in the centre; turn phyllo corner ends up to form an opening for steam release.
- Liberally brush top of pie with melted butter.
- Place on centre rack in 400f degree oven for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350f degrees and bake a further 35 minutes or until filling is bubbling and pastry is golden and crisp.
I chose this recipe because I thought with the use of cumin, coriander, and peppers it would be a spicier version of a pot pie. As it turned out I liked the idea of the spices, but think they need to be increased slightly to add a liitle more punch. The spice coated chicken pieces were good, that flavor just needs to impact the rest of the dish. I was also interested in the layering of the spinach between the layers of phyllo dough. I don’t know if it was this or only using 8 sheets of phyllo, but mine never got crisp. The crispness phyllo adds is why I love using phyllo, so I was disappointed on that score as well. My DH’s comment was that the phyllo “just evaporated”. If I prepare this again I would add more color to the veggie mix by adding diced red peppers or pimentos and maybe frozen corn. I would also take care to thicken the sauce farther than I did this time. I thought this recipe contains good ideas, but needs some tweeking to make it come together. I will be interested in seeing if others had a similar experience with this recipe. I am willing to try it again if I can figure out where I went wrong. Thanks for entering RSC #6.
This was a really great recipe! There are, of course, some things I had to do a little differently. I didn't have cumin, so omited. Also, I didn't have wine, so I used chicken broth instead. Also... and this is so embaressing, I forgot to let my phyllo thaw out. Can you see me blushing? So, it crumbled and fell apart, so this became a very interesting puzzle. lol However, all was well and the flavors are awsome. The chicken filling would work with so many things: regular pie dough, or sheepherd's pie style with mashed potatoes. I would likely use normal pie dough in the future since I find it easier to work with (I'm sure it's a matter of practice) and easier to come by (in my neck of the world) The spinach in the bottom crust was a great touch, and a lovely sneaky way to get more veggies in. I'm happy to give this recipe a place in my permanent cookbook.
Wow everyone really liked this. I kept asking if there was anything they would change, but they said no. I think the wine flavor was a little strong. I would also prepare whatever I could earlier in the day (yes I know I should have done that) - the chopping and cooking the potatoes. I felt a little harried trying to do it all at once and it seemed a little complicated. Everyone loved the combination of spinach and mushrooms. Anyway, there were no leftovers lol. Great recipe.