Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chicken Triangles and Salad

So I had this ground chicken. I had no idea what to do with it. Someone at work brought in the America's Test Kitchen Cookbook. I found this recipe for Chicken Triangles. Pretty easy to make and very tasty.

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 pound ground chicken

4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
4 sliced scallions
1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
3 tbsp minced fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Phyllo Layers -
1 pound phyllo, thawed

olive oil, for brushing the phyllo

salt and black pepper

For filling:
1. Heat oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, breaking the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, mix the feta, egg, scallions, olives, mint, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cayenne together in a large bowl. Stir in the drained chicken. (Filling can be refrigerated in an air tight container for up to 24 hours.)
3. For Phyllo Layers: Adjust 2 oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 375 degrees. Unwrap and unfold the phyllo and carefully smooth it with your hands to flatten. Cover the phyllo with plastic wrap, then a damp kitchen towel. Brush a phyllo sheet with oil, season with salt and pepper, then top it with a second sheet and oil that sheet as well. Cut the sheets length-wise to make two 4 1/2 inch strips.
4. Place a generous tablespoon of filling on the bottom left-hand corner of each strip. Fold up the phyllo to form a right-angle triangle. Continue folding up and over, as if folding a flag, to the end of the strip. Repeat with the remaining sheets of phyllo and remaining filling, arranging the triangles, seam-side down, over 2 parchment-lined baking sheets as you work.
5. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking. Serve warm or at room temperature.

My husband made the delicious salad. And I got some squash flowers from someone at work. Got in too late tonight to to anything with them, so we added them to our salad. Perfect.


Kim said...

Both the chicken triangles and salad look delicious. Looks like a nice, light summer dinner!!

Lucia said...

Thanks Kim. I did not mention in the blog how flaky and light the chicken was. Also the recipe made enough to freeze for future meal.

My Little Space said...

Oooo..the chicken triangle looking good! I like it this way.