it’s like dessert, but with chicken
While it may not look like any sort of baking/cooking masterpiece, I can guarantee you that there’s nothing more delicious for dinner than a sugary-covered, lovely bastilla.
I had endured a craving for quite awhile now, as it was an old LA-restaurant favorite (Sunnin in Westwood) that wasn’t available around the corner anymore. So in an attempt to try and cook a little more advanced recipe on the weekend, I took on the challenge of recreating my favorite “dessert with chicken” dish.
Basically, the dish has very simple ingredients: almonds, sugar, cinammon, onion, eggs, chicken, & phyllo dough. The recipe also needs tumeric, ginger & pepper, but nothing more exotic than that! I grabbed a recipe from Fabulous Foods (ironically, from another LA restaurant), but I made a few alterations. First, instead of boiling my own chicken on the bone, I used a rotisserie chicken (already cooked), and peeled off the skin. It saved me some cooking time, and guaranteed that it would all be cooked well.
I also tried to create the little puff pastry shape that Sunnin uses, as opposed to the flat pancake style that the recipe calls for. I almost worked — but at least Mr. M was somewhat impressed.
Now while Mr. M could gobble up his in one sitting, I had to split mine into a two night affair. But it warmed up just as lovely the next day!
And just in case you were wondering what was inside? Layers of chicken/egg/onion mixtures on top of almond/sugar/cinammon mixtures. All covered in a heavy layer of powdered sugar.
I have been drooling over the idea ever since you posted it on Facebook. And those pictures – mmm, food porn! I am definitely going to have to make that. Thanks for the recipe!
Wow, I’ve never heard of it. Icing sugar and chicken! I definitely need to expand my horizons. :)
It sounds both disgusting and delicious at the same time. I’m so confused.
Yum!!! We discovered that dish for the first time a few months ago, and the only thing keeping us from eating it every night is that it’s a bit pricey at our local Turkish restaurant. But, hm, never thought of making it at home….