These little chicken parcels encourage variety and experimentation when it comes to their fillings. They especially lend themselves to using up leftover chicken and those limp vegetables at the back of the fridge.
Your kids are going to love them and I found them really easy to make even though I am a pastry novice :). I even eat them cold the next day at work for a snack.
One sheet of puff pastry makes four small rectangular parcels and you can scale the recipe up easy peasy. I show you how I generally make them below but as I said, mix it up.
You will be:
- Bringing together the ingredients.
- Making the parcels.
- Cooking the parcels.
You will need:
- a chopping board
- a small sharp knife
- an oven tray or dish
- a basting brush
- a small whisk
- a bowl to beat the egg
Bringing together the ingredients
- Defrost your frozen puff pastry sheet and cut it into 4 squares.
- Take the garlic butter out of the fridge.
- Take the pulled chicken out of the fridge.
- Wash and dry the spinach leaves and coriander leaves.
- Cook and cool the corn kernels.
- Whisk the single egg along with the 2 Tbsp water.
- Turn your fan forced oven on to 190°C.
Making the parcels
Now for the fun part but remember that with the fillings, less is more :).
- Spoon a little of the garlic butter into the middle lower half of the square.
- Build up the rest of the fillings in layers.
- Brush the egg mix on all four sides of the square to make it stick.
- Then fold the square over to make a pillow shape.
- Press the edges with you finger to seal the pillow and then brush more of the egg mixture over the whole thing.
- Add some air holes with your knife.
- Put the parcels in your oven tray and refrigerate if required by your meal’s timing.
Filling the parcels:
Add some air holes and and few slices with the knife to make them look nice:
Cooking the parcels:
- Put the oven tray into your preheated 190°C fan forced oven and cook until golden brown (approximately 40 minutes).
- Slice one and eat it before anyone else gets one. If you get caught say you are just making sure everything is cooked through :).
Here I simply served the parcels, about 4 per hungry adult, with some more greens and a glass of white wine.