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Mediterranean Chicken Parcels

Prep Time ~ 35 mins Cooking Time ~ 25-35 mins
Approx Cost ~ £? Difficulty ~ Easy
Freeze ~ Yes Serves ~ 4

Tip ~ These parcels can be frozen before cooking, ensure they are thoroughly defrosted before following the cooking instructions above.

Ingredients

375g packet ready rolled puff pastry

4 small chicken breasts, skinless

For the filling:

50g / 1 ¾ oz breadcrumbs

2 level tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 level tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Finely grated rind 1 lemon

1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed

2 level tablespoons grated parmesan

2 level tablespoons sliced, pitted olives, drained

8 sundried tomatoes, chopped

Salt and pepper

30g / 1oz butter, melted

Beaten egg to glaze.

 

You will need a baking tray lined with baking parchment paper.

 

Method

1.    To make the filling - mix together the breadcrumbs, basil, parsley, lemon rind, garlic, Parmesan, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, seasoning and the melted butter.

2.    Cut the puff pastry sheet into 4. Cut each piece into 2, so that one piece is slightly larger than the other.

3.    Place a chicken breast on the smaller half and spoon a quarter of the filling on top.

4.    Brush around the edge of the pastry with water.

5.    Fold the larger piece of pastry in half and cut deep slits along its length.  Open out and then place on top of the chicken breast and filling.

6.    Press the edges together well to seal them, cut into the pastry around the outer edges to create a pattern.  Repeat this process to make the other 3 parcels.

7.    Place the parcels on a lined baking tray.   Preheat the oven to Gas 6 / 200C, brush the pastry with the beaten egg and sprinkle the parmesan over.  Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 - 35 minutes, or until the pastry has risen and is an even golden brown.

The parcels can be eaten as part of a main meal or alternatively are ideal for a picnic lunch, served cold with salads.