Moroccan Pastilla goes by several names Bastilla, B'stilla etc. This is one of my absolute favorite Moroccan dishes. This pastilla is made with chicken, and almonds which is very classical. I love the light flaky pastry dough and especially the powdered sugar and cinnamon on top, YUM!
This is often served as a second course in Morocco but could easily be a meal by itself. We enjoyed this Moroccan Pastilla as part of our Moroccan feast. This looks like it takes a lot of work but it actually quite easy to make. I hope you try it, you will love it! Don't be shy and dig in with your right hand and enjoy it with some mint tea.
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Moroccan Pastilla (Savory Chicken Pastry with Nuts)
For the filling
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 –6 boneless chicken thighs
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 onions finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- pinch of saffron
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1/4 cup dried dates finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon orange blossom water
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 4 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fot the Pastry and Toppings
- 6 pieces of filo pastry
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
- Add the chicken and fry it skin-side down, until brown.
- Turn the thighs over and cook for a couple more minutes, then remove them from the pan.
- Add the butter to the pan and when it has melted, add the onions and fry them over low heat until soft.
- Add the garlic and spices and fry for a couple more minutes.
- Put the chicken back in the pan and pour in the stock.
- Season, then cover the pan and simmer for about half an hour or until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken and set it aside.
- When it is cool enough to handle, finely chop the meat – it’s up to you whether you keep the skin or not.
- Put the liquid back over the heat and reduce it by half.
- Add the eggs to the cooking liquid and continue to cook over a low heat until you have a mixture that resembles loose scrambled eggs.
- Add the ground nuts and stir, then add the dates, orange blossom water, zest and finally, the chicken.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- To assemble the pastilla, you need at least a 9 " pie plate or tin
- Take a sheet of filo pastry and brush it with melted butter. Drape it over the dish, making sure it is gently pushed into the edges without any tearing.
- Repeat with another sheet of filo, this time placing it at a right angle to the first.
- Repeat with a further 2 sheets of filo, this time placing them on the diagonal.
- Spread the filling over the pastry. Fold over the overhanging pieces of filo in reverse order – they should just about cover the filling.
- Take the remaining 2 pieces of filo and cut them to fit the dish.
- Brush them with butter, then cover the pastilla, tucking under any edges.
- Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until the pastry is a crisp, golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little before dusting it with the Powdered sugar and cinnamon.
- Serve warm