Chicken puff (Kerala style). With chicken cooked with spiced onion mixture, these puff pastry parcels are packed with a ton of flavor. Perfect as a snack or light meal!
If you love buttery, flaky layers of puff pastry, I want to tell you all about a must-try snack recipe that pairs perfectly with your afternoon tea. But before we go to the recipe, a little about this much-loved snack.
Whenever I visit my hometown, apart from the massive shopping spree, my second favorite thing to do is visiting the local bakery. And I never leave the bakery without a few of these traditional puffs. The lip-smacking chicken masala encased in buttery flaky pastry is to die for.
Basically, puffs are puff pastry parcels packed with your favorite filling. You can either go the traditional way adding the classic favorites like chicken, egg, vegetables or meat, or customize the filling to meet your taste. And today, I want to recreate one of my favorite classic version- chicken puff.
Alright, to the recipe. The flavored shredded chicken is the key ingredient here. It’s important that you make these puffs with chicken pieces (boneless or bone-in) and not with minced or ground chicken for maximum flavor. If using chicken pieces with bone, make sure you discard the bones before adding them to the pastry. I also love to use shredded rotisserie chicken when time-poor.
I marinated chicken with a simple combo of ground turmeric, ground coriander, garam masala and red chili powder. And don’t forget the salt. Now, you can cook marinated chicken anyway you want – pan fry, grill, bake, poach. But my favorite method is the ultimate time saving cooking equipment on the planet – pressure cooker. Not only does it saves time, but it also seals in the flavor to deliver tender and succulent chicken.
As the chicken cooks, the incredibly delicious and flavorful juice also oozes out which I usually use at a later stage of the cooking process. Reserve this cooking liquid. Now, coming back to the chicken, lightly shred them discarding all the bones. Keep this aside while we move on to the next part of this chicken puff recipe.
Next up, we’ll make a quick spicy onion mixture to go with the shredded chicken. Again, more and more flavors. To make this mixture, you’ll need to sauté onions with ginger, garlic and green chilies until they are soft. A little bit of ground spices also go in to make it super flavorful. Lightly fry ground turmeric, ground coriander, garam masala and fennel powder.
Obviously, the shredded chicken is totally addicting on its own, but we’ll make it totally irresistible by adding it to the onion mixture. At this stage the chicken mixture might be a tad dry. And this is where the reserved cooking liquid comes in. Add in a small amount of reserved liquid to make the mixture slightly moist.
Finally, to make this chicken puff, cut each puff pastry sheet into rectangles. Fill them with chicken mixture and bake to perfection.
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