Pyllo Dough Herbed Chicken 

A few weeks ago, I was walking through the grocery store and passed the gourmet cheese counter. When I looked down, I saw a package of Boursin cheese and stopped dead in my tracks. Just like that my mind was flooded with memories from nearly 20 years ago of a smell and taste so glorious that my eyes immediately grew wider with excitement. As I continued shopping, I couldn’t stop thinking about peering over my parent’s kitchen counter and watching my mom bake her delicious Phyllo Dough Herbed Chicken recipe. I couldn’t help but call my mom right there, in the middle of the grocery store, to request her recipe. I quickly gathered the ingredients and headed home, eager to make this nostalgic meal for my family.

Fast forward to serving this one-of-a-kind dish and now my family can’t get enough of it! Talk about a crowd pleaser – even the pickiest of eaters will fall in love with this herbed chicken.

This simple dish is well worth being added to your recipe rotation. Who knows, one day down the road your kids may be walking down the aisles of the grocery store, just as I did, and your phone will ring too!

Our top tips when working with phyllo dough: 

Phyllo dough is one of those ingredients that can take an ordinary dish and make it extraordinary (at least we think so). It’s fancy without adding a ton of extra calories and the flakiness adds the perfect amount of crunch without going crazy. It can be really fun to work with or a tad frustrating, which is why we’re sharing these tips.

  • Buy your frozen phyllo dough and use it within a week or two so it’s not sitting in the freezer for a few months. In our experience, fresh dough makes a difference.
  • Completely defrost your phyllo dough according to the package instructions. Don’t rush it! We’ve made this mistake and it simply cracks and crumbles apart.
  • The dough dries out quickly, so if you’re not working with it, keep a damp (not wet) cloth on top.

Can I prep this the night before?

Yes, follow the prep instructions (stop just before baking) and refrigerate overnight. The egg will protect the dough. Don’t cover your packets with anything that will hug the dough, such as plastic wrap. It will soften it and make it soggy. Remove from fridge and bake!

Can I make this ahead and freeze it?

You certainly can! Assemble it up to the final egg-washing step. Place your chicken packets in an aluminum tin, Tupperware or baking dish and freeze immediately. Thaw in the fridge overnight, coat it with an egg wash and bake as instructed.


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Phyllo Dough Herbed Chicken
These light and crispy phyllo puffs are stuffed with chicken, spinach and a creamy blend of garlic and herb cheese filling. They're the perfect healthy meal, whether you're looking for low-key or entertaining an elegant dinner for guests.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 60+ minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 60+ minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
Chicken (can be done in advance):
  1. Trim off excess fat and cut each chicken breast in half, hamburger style, so you have 6 pieces of chicken.
  2. Add EVOO in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add chicken to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Sear chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove chicken and allow to cool for 30 minutes or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Putting it together:
  1. Thaw refrigerated pastry sheet at room temperature for 30 minutes. If your pastry sheets are frozen, thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Unfold pastry dough. (If you notice your dough is sticking to the counter or plate, unfold on parchment paper or a lightly floured surface.)
  4. For each chicken breast, stack 2-3 sheets of phyllo dough, one on top of the other, to wrap your chicken, spinach and cheese in.
  5. Evenly divide and spread Boursin cheese on top of each piece of chicken (about 1 tablespoon per piece).
  6. Lay a few spinach leaves (about 1/4 cup) in the center of each stack of phyllo dough. Place a piece of cooled chicken, cheese side down, on top of spinach.
  7. Mix egg and water. Brush the edges of each square (surrounding the chicken) with the egg mixture. Fold each corner to the center of the chicken to create a packet.
  8. Carefully place each chicken packet, seam-side down, on baking sheet. Brush each piece with remaining egg mixture.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and pastry is golden.
  10. Suggestion: Serve with a bag of frozen broccoli, steamed and seasoned, and a small side of whole-grain rice or sweet potatoes.
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