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B'still moroccan chicken pie

B'Stilla - Moroccan Chicken Pie

Amanda McInerney
Don't be put off by the combination of sweet and savoury here. This recipe never fails, and never fails to delight everyone I've ever served it to.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 8


  • 125 gms Butter NOT margarine
  • 700 gms chicken thighs, boneless
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or dried chilli
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 250 mls chicken stock
  • 1 pinch saffron threads, soaked in the stock
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 80 gms toasted almonds, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pkt filo pastry


  • Melt 1/2 butter in an oven-proof dish and brown chicken, set aside. Add onions and cook gently until golden. Add garlic, cook for 1-2 minutes, add spice and stir, add stock and saffron. Return chicken, turn to coat, cover and bake in oven 160C for 40 minutes.(If required, you can refrigerate after cooking at this stage, and continue prep later.)
  • Remove and discard cinnamon stick, remove chicken, chop up and set aside.
  • Add lemon juice and herbs to remaining sauce, reduce until thick. Turn heat to very low, add eggs, stir until thickened. Remove from heat and add chicken, taste and season as required.
  • Mix almonds with icing sugar and cinnamon.
  • Grease a shallow pie dish with butter and layer 6 sheets of filo pastry in dish, brushing each with melted butter and rotating the sheets with the edges hanging over the dish. Fill with the chicken mix, fold 3 of the sheets over the pie, brush with butter and sprinkle generously with almond mixture. Fold remaining sheets over and tuck around the dish. Brush again with melted butter. I scrunched some extra sheets of buttered filo onto the top to make it look pretty.
  • Bake at 180C 45 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle with any extra almond mixture.
Keyword Chicken
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