Smoked chicken parcels

These fancy frilled parcels seem to be much harder work than they are, making them great for impressing your family members or entertaining. Serve with a side of salsa for freshness and a pop of colour.


100g shredded lightly smoked chicken
1 avocado
lemon juice
3 thinly sliced sweet piquanté peppers
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh coriander
4 sheets phyllo pastry
2 tablespoons melted butter


• Preheat oven to 180°.

• Cut the avo into medium-sized cubes and sprinkled with lemon juice.
• In a large bowl, mix the chicken, avocado, piquanté peppers and coriander. Season with salt and pepper and keep aside.

• Brush each sheet of phyllo pastry with butter, then stick two sheets together on the buttered side and cut into quarters. Repeat until you have eight squares of phyllo.

• Spoon the chicken mixture into the centre of each square. Form parcels by bringing the corners together.

• Place the parcels on a baking sheet, brush with the remaining melted butter and bake for 12 minutes, or until light brown on top.

• Serve on a bed of tomato, onion and cucumber salsa, with sour cream and coriander pesto.

Recipe by Benny Masekwameng. First published in City Press.

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