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B'stilla

B'stilla created by strawberrybird

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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2hrs 10mins
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  • In a large pot, melt ¼ cup of butter over moderate heat and add chickens, parsley, onion, saffron and 2 cups water.
  • Bring mixture to boil and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken to cutting board, reserving liquid, and let cool.
  • Shred chicken and return meat to liquid.
  • Bring to boil and cook, stirring, until almost all liquid is evaporated.
  • Let cool.
  • In a bowl, combine almonds and 1 cup of sugar.
  • Add ½ of almond mixture to chicken, stir in beaten eggs, pepper and 2 tsps cinnamon.
  • Preheat oven to 330°F and place rack in middle of oven.
  • Line a buttered 13 x 14 inch ovenproof dish with 1 sheet of phyllo.
  • Brush generously with butter.
  • Layer 5 more sheets of phyllo in the same way, brushing each one generously with butter.
  • Sprinkle remaining almond mixture over phyllo and top with chicken.
  • Cover with remaining 4 sheets of phyllo, buttered, folding in edges to enclosed filling and brushing more butter over top.
  • Bake pastry for 25-30 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
  • Sift remaining ¼ cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon over top.
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"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. strawberrybird
    B'stilla Created by strawberrybird
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  2. strawberrybird
    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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  3. Chilicat
    B'stilla Created by Chilicat
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  4. Chilicat
    This was excellent! I did boneless chicken breasts instead of whole chickens and I didn't have any saffron, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. DH had his doubts at first, but once he had a taste he kept going back for more. I love the sweet/savory concept.
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  5. Chilicat
    This was excellent! I did boneless chicken breasts instead of whole chickens and I didn't have any saffron, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. DH had his doubts at first, but once he had a taste he kept going back for more. I love the sweet/savory concept.
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