Tavuk Borek (Turkish Chicken Pastries)

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“In Turkey, these pastries are generally eaten as a snack. They can be baked or deep-fried. To make Tavuk Borek as a main course, double the quantity of the filling. See the notes below. This recipe is from 'The Best of Lebanese and Middle Eastern Cooking' and has been posted for the 2005 Zaar World Tour. I have not yet made this recipe, but because I don't like raisins, when I make it, (influnced by another Turkish recipe from the same source), I'll be replacing the raisins with ground almonds.”
15 Tavuk Borek

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  1. Steam the chicken breast over boiling water for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked, set aside to cool; then, once cooled, remove the skin and bones and finely chop the flesh.
  2. Heat the butter, add the flour and cook over a moderate heat for a few minutes, stirring. Gradually add the milk, bring to the boil, then immediately lower the heat and simmer over a low heat for 2 minutes and add the cinnamon and raisins and season to taste with salt and pepper. Then set aside to cool, covering the surface with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. When the sauce is cool, stir through the chicken.
  3. Cut the pastry lengthways into three strips. Cover with a tea towel. Take one strip of pastry, brush lightly with oil and place a little filling at one end. Fold over end and sides and roll up neatly. Place seam side down on a greased baking tray. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling. Brush tops with a little oil and bake in a moderate oven (180°C; 350°F) for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Serve warm.
  5. Note: To make the Borek as a main meal make double the quantity of filling, by following the instructions in steps 1 and 2. Leave the pastry whole, and use 3 lightly oiled sheets to line the base of a suitable lightly oiled pan. Once the filling mixture has cooled, place it over the pastry and cover it with 3 more lightly oiled sheets. Sprinkle it with water and lightly score the surface. Bake as in step 3 but for 35-40 minutes, or until golden.

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