Mummy's Chicken Pie

My mom makes a really good chicken pie. She got the recipe from my cousin, Shaytaj appa.

My cousin, Rafia, LOVES this pie.  Whenever she visits from Chicago my mom makes this...actually she makes 2 or 3 pies and there is usually barely any left (Rafia doesn't eat all the is both of our families that devour them).  The one thing about these pies is my mom uses puff pastry for the dough...puff pastry is loaded with saturated fat.  I would love to make my mom's pie but as is it wouldn't be a regular in our home.  My husband also loves this pie and has been asking me for awhile to make it but with a more low fat dough.  So I've been searching for awhile for an alternative to the puff pastry....I found it a few weeks ago at My Halal Kitchen.  She made a chicken pot pie and used phyllo dough and even better...she didn't use melted butter to brush between the sheets...YEAH!!!

The day I was making this I called my mom to make sure I had the right directions for the filling.  She was explaining it to me and she went on to explain what to do with the puff pastry.  I told her I was using phyllo dough...her reaction "No No use puff pastry"....No Mummy...I'm using phyllo dough.  She was so worried about it she called me a couple of hours later saying it might be too dry.  I told her not to worry.....I knew what I was doing....she gave me a very hesitant "Okay". While we were eating dinner, Hasan tapped me on the arm and said "I love this!"  That is all the approval I need!!!!

If you don't like a strong ginger garlic taste you can cut down on it in the recipe....we on the other hand love ginger and garlic!

Mummy's Chicken Pie
Filling Adapted from Mummy who adapted it from Shaytaj appa
Dough Slightly Adapted from My Halal Kitchen
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1 pound chicken breast, boneless and cut into small pieces
1 tsp adrak laysan (ginger garlic paste)
3 tbsp water
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 hard boiled eggs, cut into a small dice

2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp adrak laysan
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup milk

1 package of phyllo dough
6 tbsp milk
2 tbsp olive oil

In a medium sized pot over medium heat, add the chicken breast, adrak laysan, 3 tbsp water, salt and pepper.  Cook until the chicken is cooked through and the water has all evaporated.  Remove to a bowl and set aside.

Once the chicken is cool enough to touch, break up into very small pieces.  Add the boiled eggs and mix.

Now to make the roux....In the same pot you used to cook the chicken, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the flour, adrak laysan, salt and pepper.  Stir continuously.  Once the flour mixture has turned a light brown, slowly add the milk, a little at a time.  Mixing well between each addition.  If you add it all at once you will get a lot of lumps.   Once this sauce has thickened, add the chicken and egg and stir well.  Check seasonings and add any needed salt and pepper.  Allow the mixture to cool.

Preheat oven to 400 F

Take the phyllo dough out of the packaging.  Cut in half at the fold.  Wrap one half back in the packaging and put back in the fridge.  In a large mug mix together the milk and olive oil.  In a 8x12 baking dish, brush a little of the milk mixture at the bottom.  Put one sheet of phyllo dough.  Brush with some of the milk.  Continue until you have used up all of the dough.  Spread the chicken mixture on the phyllo dough.  Take out the phyllo dough that was in the fridge.  Continue to make layers of phyllo brushing with the milk between each layer.  When you get to the final sheet, brush the top with the milk.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  At the end, I put mine under the broiler for a minute to brown the top more.


  1. When I saw this post on my Reader, I got so excited... and then I saw the shout-out and I was like, "OMG I am going to be famous!"

    I really wanted to see the recipe, but as I went to click more, it said that you had deleted the post. I am glad you posted the recipe again.

    I love the exchange between you and Phups!

    I definitely want to try this. I could die for chicken pie, as you very well know. Seriously, I am salivating. Mmmm. Can I eat the picture?

    P.S. No need to be nice. We all know I'm the one eating up all the pies. I admit it. I should be embarrassed, but, dude I ain't. MMMM.

  2. I did that b/c I was trying to work on the picture and I was having trouble copying it while in draft. (In the end I couldn't fix the pic :( )

    It was so funny the way she was doubting I was making a huge mistake and it was all going to go horribly wrong. But I actually prefer this b/c I don't feel so heavy afterwards. But it is more work b/c you have to layer all the phyllo dough sheets. I make it in the afternoon and cover with plastic wrap in the fridge. Half hour before we are going to eat I put it in the oven.

    Let me know if you try it..or should I say your mom??? :)

  3. Asi, thanks for posting this!
    As one of the family members that devour Puppo's pie I can't wait to make this!

  4. No problem!!! It's very easy to make..I always thought it was so hard...

  5. That is such a clever idea: phyllo pastry instead of puff pastry and no butter! I LOVE it! I also love the filling, it sounds delicious! Great recipe!


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