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Moroccan Chicken Briouat


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Moroccan chicken Briouat is a savoury Chicken snack cooked with ginger, cinnamon and saffron which combined make a delicious filling for the briouats. This filling is wrapped in a a paper like thin dough that is called warga in morocco then the pastry is fried until it is crispy. Filo dough or some spring roll wrappers can also be substituted for your warga.

The Briouats are usually served as an appetizer or finger food but can also be served as an entrĂ©e. The briouats are very popular in Ramadan when  they are usually served to break the fasting.
The briouats can be folded into triangles or cylinders to your liking.

Moroccan chicken briouat
Ingredients For Chicken Briouats

  • One whole chicken, with the skin removed and cut into pieces

  • Large onions 2, medium chopped

  • One tablespoon grounded ginger

  • One teaspoon of white pepper

  • Half teaspoon black pepper

  • Two to three small pieces cinnamon sticks

  • One teaspoon Saffron threads crumbled

  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric

  • One and a half to 2 teaspoons salt

  • Quarter cup vegetable oil

  • Quarter cup of olive oil

  • Quarter cup chopped cilantro fresh

  • Half kg warqa, Phyllo dough or spring roll wrappers (large)

  • Four tablespoons of melted butter For when you fold the briouats)

  • One egg yolk slightly beaten ( also for folding)

  • Some vegetable oil (for frying)

Preparation Time: 90 minutes

Cooking Time     :10 minutes

Frying chicken briouat

Firstly mix the chicken in oil with some spices in a bottomed pot. Cover your chicken and let it cook on medium to medium high heat. Stir occasionally for about 1 hour or until the chicken is tender and falls off the bones. Be careful not to burn your chicken and don’t add any more water.
After the chicken is cooked put it into a plate to cool a little. Now leave your onions and sauce in the pot to cook for another 10 to 15 mins or until your onions form into a mass and the liquid is reduced to oils. Add in some chopped cilantro then remove your sauce from the stove.

While your chicken is still a bit warm take the meat off from the bones and break it into small pieces. Add on some sauce to your chicken and stir it to coat the meat properly. (At this particular point you can refrigerate your filling for up to a day until you are ready to fold your briouats)
Now your briouats can be folded into cylinders or triangles. To fold into cylinders cut your dough into long strips of about four inches in width. Smear the bottom side of the dough with the melted butter.

Put a large tablespoon or 2 of filling towards the bottom of your dough. Fold two of the long sides of the dough on to the centre to cover the filling partly. Fold the bottom part of the dough up and over the filling to fully cover it. Now roll the folded dough up just like a rug, closing the edges of the dough on the roll with some egg yolk.

To make large cylinders from square spring roll wrappers, place your wrapper down and make sure it forms into a diamond shape in front of you. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of your filling and fold the left and right sides of your dough onto the center so the edges are straight and parallel. Roll the dough just like you roll a rug sealing the top part of the dough with the egg yolk.

You can now either cook or freeze your briouats. You can deep fry them in hot oil till they turn light to medium golden brown, this usually takes about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain your briouats and serve. These delicacy can stay warm for a long time but if they stay longer and get cold you can reheat them at 350 degrees in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

If you prefer to store them and cook later you can refrigerate for a day or freeze for up to 2 months in a plastic storage container or a freezer bag. You can fry them directly from the freezer or allow them to thaw for at least thirty minutes to an hour before you fry them.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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