Chicken and apricot flaky pastry pie with slice taken

Spiced chicken & apricot pastilla

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins plus cooling


Serves 8

Bake a flaky pastry pie with tender meat, spices and fruit for a deliciously sweet and savoury taste sensation. It makes a great centrepiece for lunch or dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • before baking

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal384
  • fat19g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil or vegetable oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 2 onions, halved and sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 2 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 4 chicken legs
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 lemon, zested and ½ juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 85g dried apricots, quartered
  • small bunch parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 270g pack filo pastry (7 sheets)
  • 75g butter, melted



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • icing sugar and cinnamon, for dusting (optional)


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large casserole dish and cook the onion and garlic for 8 mins until soft. Add the spices and stir for about 30 seconds until aromatic, then add the chicken. Pour in the chicken stock and season. Cover with a lid and leave to simmer for 45 mins, or until the chicken is tender.

  2. Lift the chicken pieces onto a plate. Add the honey and almonds to the cooking liquid and simmer until thick and reduced by half, then turn off the heat. Meanwhile, finely shred the chicken with two forks, discarding the skin and bones. Return the chicken to the sauce and stir in the lemon zest, apricots and parsley, then leave to cool. Can be chilled for up to two days.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 with a baking sheet on the middle shelf. Unwrap the pastry, keeping any you’re not working with under a damp tea towel so it doesn’t dry out. Brush a 22-23cm springform or loose-bottomed round tin with a little oil. Push two pastry sheets into the tin to line the base, brushing them with melted butter and leaving a little extra up the sides. Repeat this with two more sheets across the other diameter of the tin so all sides are lined. Patch up any holes or thin patches with another sheet of buttered pastry.

  4. Spoon in the chicken mixture and pat down evenly. Sit another two sheets of pastry on top, brushing the melted butter between the layers again, and scrunching the edges of the pastry around the sides. Brush the top with a little more butter and bake on the heated baking sheet for 30 mins until crisp and golden brown. It’s best eaten warm, so leave to cool for about 30 mins. Dust with a pinch of icing sugar and cinnamon to serve, if you like.

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6th Jun, 2020
Really tasty recipe ! I used some left over roast chicken, instead of the fresh chicken in the recipe, that I just chopped up into small pieces. I used 1/2 the amount of stock, left it to simmer for 10 minutes then carried on with step 2. Will definitely make again !
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27th Mar, 2019
This was absolutely delicious! Made it exactly as the recipe instructed and served it for dinner with a large green salad. Everyone loved it, including a fussy teen. I agree with the other reviewer who said it is time consuming as it took till lunch time to prepare the filling, but it is worth the extra effort! I'm going to make this for parties but instead of making a large pie, I am going to make little filo parcels. A huge success - will be on our regular rota from now on.
7th Feb, 2019
Husband loved this asked for it again soon, (kids not so sure hence 4 stars) Took a chance on it as no reviews and I always read the comments. Really easy to make and a simple way to use chicken on the bone, prepare in advance then assemble whilst the oven is heating up!
29th Jan, 2019
SO good! I made the chicken in the morning, and I'm glad I did because it's quite time consuming. That really helped when it came to prepping dinner in the evening because the pastilla didn't take long to put together. The whole family loved the flavours and have asked for it again soon.
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