04 September 2012

Chicken in Pastry Bags

This is not only a tasty and appetising chicken recipe, it's truly frugal. You can use leftover roast chicken, or cook just one - yes  one - chicken breast fillet to feed the family and have leftovers for lunches.  These little morsels are delicious hot with baked veggies and mustard sauce or cold the next day for lunch (if they last that long).

1 cooked chicken breast (or the equivalent in left-over roast chicken)
3 sheets of puff pastry
1 bunch dill, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup prepared mustard sauce
100g grated cheddar cheese
1 onion, finely diced

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Dice the chicken into 1 cm squares and combine with the herbs, onion, grated cheese and mustard sauce.  Line a baking tray with baking paper.  This stops the pastries from sticking to the tray as the cheese melts and is worth the effort. Cut each sheet of pastry into three, then in half (to give you 6 small strips).  Place 1 heaped tablespoon of mixture into the centre of each pastry strip. Fold the edges of the pastry over to form a small envelope, leaving the top edge open. Pick up the pastry and place it on the baking tray, open end up. It will look like a little parcel. Using the palm of your hand, gently squash the top of the pastry down to form an open top "bag" of pastry. Bake at 200°C for 15-20 minutes or until golden and oozing cheese. Let cool on tray 5 minutes before serving. These little pastry bags can be eaten as finger food or serve two or three with a tossed salad and a baked potato for a meal. Makes 18.

Note:   You can buy fresh dill in the veggie department of most large supermarkets or at good greengrocers.


  1. In the chicken receipe is said Prepared mustard sauce. What sort is this? How do you make it?

  2. Yes, I've been wondering the same thing. I was going to make up my own, but I'd really like to know the recipe for the one suggested...

  3. OK. Sorry, it never occurred to me to be more specific.

    Mustard sauce is just that - mustard sauce, in the sauce aisle of any supermarket for around $1.20/200ml bottle. There are a number of different brands available, Masterfoods is one.


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