Pasture to Plate


Chicken & Feta Filo Parcels

These little parcels of goodness will be a treat whether serving to the kids or hosting a dinner party


  • 2 tbs Oliana olive oil
  • 2 chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Large pinch of saffron threads
  • 80ml chicken stock
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • 50g Dodoni butter, melted
  • 9 sheets filo pastry
  • 100g Oliana feta, crumbled
  • 60g Oliana chargrilled capsicum, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh continental parsley


Heat half the oil in a saucepan over high heat. Cook chicken, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a bowl.

Heat remaining oil in the pan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Add chicken, cinnamon, saffron and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Add spinach and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until the spinach just wilts. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool.

Preheat oven to 220°C. Brush nine 150ml-capacity muffin pans with some melted butter. Place filo on a clean surface. Cover with a dry tea towel, then a damp tea towel (this prevents it from drying out). Brush 1 filo sheet with some butter. Top with another filo sheet. Brush with butter. Repeat with 1 more filo sheet and more butter. Cut into thirds lengthways. Cut each third in half crossways to make 6 stacks. Trim to make 19cm-long rectangles. Repeat with butter and remaining filo, to make 12 more rectangles.

Line 1 pan with 1 filo rectangle. Top with another filo rectangle, at a 90-degree angle, allowing the edges to overhang. Repeat with remaining filo rectangles. Add feta, capsicum and parsley to chicken mixture. Spoon mixture into filo cases. Fold over filo to enclose. Brush with remaining butter. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly.