Spiced chicken parcel


Preparation time
less than 30 mins
Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 4


Spicy chicken and rice are bundled together in in a lovely crisp parcel of buttery filo pastry in this easy, yet unusual, chicken supper.

By Nigel Slater
From Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen


  • 4 chicken thighs, skin and bones removed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 200g/7oz basmati rice
  • 400ml/14fl oz chicken stock
  • 75g/2½oz butter
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 filo pastry sheets


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  2. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken thighs and roughly chop.
  3. Warm the olive oil in a large pan. Add the chicken and spices and cook on a low heat for three minutes, taking care that the spices do not burn.
  4. Add the rice and the stock to the same pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Replace the pan lid and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Melt the butter and season generously with pepper.
  6. Lay a sheet of filo pastry on a large baking tray and brush generously with the peppery butter. Lay a second, third and fourth sheet of filo, brushing each one with more butter as you go.
  7. When the 10 minutes of rice cooking has elapsed, evenly spread the chicken and rice mixture on one half of the filo rectangle.
  8. Brush around the edges of the mixture with more butter and then fold the empty filo side over the mixture like a book and press down the edges.
  9. Take the remaining filo sheet, soak it in the butter, crumple and place on top of the parcel as decoration.
  10. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
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