Love birds - chicken in pastry

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
4 pieces skinless chicken breast, boned (about 250g each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 sprigs fresh finely chopped rosemary
15ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 sheet puff pastry (28 by 43cms)
8 slices Italian fontina cheese, slices should be 5 to 7.5cms square and 0.5 to 1cm thick, cut in 1/2
75g fig preserves
1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp water, for egg wash
1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

2) Season the chicken with salt, pepper and rosemary. Cut each piece of chicken in half across the breast giving you 8 equal portions.

3) Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Lightly brown the chicken on both sides, 5 minutes total. Remove from heat.

4) Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut pastry into 8 pieces. Place a piece of cheese on each pastry square and top with spoonfuls of fig preserves and the chicken pieces. Pinch and seal the dough up and over the meat and cheese, seal with egg wash, flip the pastry packets over and brush the tops with remaining egg wash. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.

5) For entree portions, simply leave chicken breast whole and cut the pastry into quarters. Trim off excess dough and use it to decorate the pastry with small cut outs such as heart shapes.

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