Wednesday 2 March 2011

Chicken Fatayer

Fatayer is an Arabic Pie stuffed with spinach, cheese, chicken, lamb or za'atar and like Shawarma it is a commonly available street food across the Arab world. Here at a walking distance from our flat there is an Arabic restaurant from where we regularly buy fatayer and shawarma. Chicken and cheese fatayer are our favorite filling. I actually do not know what paste they mix with the boiled and shredded chicken, if it is feta cheese or labneh or white sauce….. I usually use white sauce but mixing the chicken with lebneh is equally good. My little one loves fatayer so I sometimes make these at home. Here’s how...

Chicken Fatayer
(Recipe Source ~ Arabic Bites)
2 1/3 cups flour, unbleached, whole wheat, or a mixture of the two
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm milk
3 Tablespoons oat flour

  • Place all ingredients in the bowl of mixer ,beat 10 minutes to make a soft dough.
  • Cover and let rise for 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 32 pieces. Roll each to a 9 cm round.
  • Fill each with 1-2 Tablespoons of chicken filling (or with the filling of your choice).
  • Place Fatayer onto oven trays.
  • Bake at 375 F / 190 C about 20 minutes or until browned.

For the Chicken Filling:
(My own recipe)
(This filling is enough for about 15 fatayer or half amount of Fatayer recipe given above)

2 chicken breasts cubed
2 garlic cloves, sliced
Salt and pepper powder to taste

For the white sauce:
Butter -2 tbsp
All purpose flour/ Maida -2 tbsp
Milk -1 cup
Salt - to taste

  • Cook chicken breasts with garlic, ginger, pepper powder and enough salt, and when cool run in a food processor and keep aside.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan, stir in flour and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Whisk in milk and cook, stirring, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  • Lower the flame and add chicken and adjust the seasoning. Turn off the flame.
  • The filling should be of a spreadable consistency.

This easy chicken filling has many uses which I am sure kids will love. If you get more ideas please let me know J….

  •  As a filing in fatayer.
  • To make sandwiches or burgers, kids love these in their tiffin box.

  • You can easily convert the filling into chicken rolls or chicken nuggets; make the mixture into desired shapes, dip each in to beaten egg white and then coat with bread crumbs and fry.

  •  Spread some inside chapathi, roll it and serve with ketchup.
  • On top of dosa as chicken dosa…
Sending this Chicken Fatayer to Susan for YeastSpotting!
Also to Food palette series brown event by Torview.

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  1. Hungry...........extremely yum the flavours....

  2. Yummmmmmmmmmy. I'll surely try this

  3. wow ,thnks for introducing this

  4. Looks so yummy n tempting ....nice pics

  5. wow superb dear will try definitely

  6. Wow this looks yummy,great snack,will surely try this.

  7. looks delicious lovely addition of oat flour

  8. 3-in one recipes! Yum..loved the chicken filling! I love the Shamiyat that v get here. Just a query, can u pls leave me msg on gtalk on cooking part of the chicken? (How much water or just steaming) Taken by the idea of adding it to the bechamel type sauce.:) TKs for this fantastic recipe!

  9. So yummy! I just got a tub of lebni too! I hear lebni is just strained yogurt. have you tried making it at home?

  10. Looks too good. Loved the idea of adding oats flour :-) and the filling , as you said is so versatile !

  11. Boy! What a Lovely recipe you have featured here!!
    Have never heard of fatayer ever since!
    Delectable is an understatement!

  12. hey the recpe lks very intrstng...hd a few doubts, the chicken to be shredded/minced or mde into a paste form??

    Also, cn ths be done earlier n kept..lke a day or two in advance...n if so hw wd the process be...

  13. Hi Anonymous,
    Yes, you have to shred/mince the cooked chicken in a food processor.
    Also you can bake Fatayer a day or two before and keep it in fridge and reheat in microwave before serving.... but please do note that it will taste great freshly out of oven:)....


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