Thursday, December 5, 2013

Baked Chicken Samosas (Throwback Thursday)

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I love samosas. They are an Indian snack or appetizer that is filled with either vegetarian filling or a meat and vegetable filling.   Most often Samosas are deep fried.  Sure they taste great all fried and crispy, but I feel such guilt indulging in them.  I wanted to bake them, but since I am not a whiz with making dough, I took my usual shortcut and got some help from the store.  So here is my quick and easy way to make this fun Indian treat.   This recipe makes 8 large samosas.








Ingredients:
1lb ground chicken
1 box store bought pie crust
4 small potatoes peeled, diced and boiled
1 medium onion finely dice
1-2 cups of frozen peas
1 tsp of whole coriander seeds
1 tsp of whole cumin seeds
1 tsp of whole fennel seeds
2 serranos chilies (seeded and finely chopped)
1 tbs of grated garlic
2 tbs of grated ginger
1 Tbs garam masala powder
1-2 tsp red chili flakes (or to taste)
1 tsp curry powder

Directions:
Gently boil the diced potatoes in salted water and drain.  Prep all other ingredients. 


Grind coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds  spices in mortar and pestal.
In 3 tbs of canola saute onions until translucent.  Then add the ginger and garlic and saute for another minute. Next add the ground spice mixture, garam masala, chili flakes, curry powder, salt and black pepper.


Next add the ground chicken to the pan and saute until all the meat is cooked through.  Once the meat is cooked, salt the dish.
Finally add the frozen peas and diced potatoes.  Now incorporate all the ingredients together and add 1 tbs of lemon juice. Check for alt and seasoning here.  Allow mixture to cool down before proceeding to assembling the samosa.

Roll out the pie crust and I cut into four equal portions. The box comes with two pie crusts so you should have 8 large samosas from this recipe.   Fill the quarter portion of pie crust with 2 tbs of filling. You want a good amount of filling, but not were you cannot seal the edges.

Gently fold over and press down the open edges.
Press with a fork and crimp the edges.



Apply a egg wash to the top of each samosas before baking.

Bake at 400 degrees on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with some cooking spray or buttered. They should bake between 15-20 minutes. Serve with any chutney or sauce you like. Enjoy.




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31 comments:

  1. The blog looks great! The pics are esp'ly helpful. Can't wait to try some samosas.

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  2. I LOVE samosas and was not totally happy with my last attempt. The pie crust looks like an easy fake-out. I also really like your filling. The pictures are also nice. Will definitely be trying your soon!

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  3. I have only ever deep fried samosas I love this idea. Flavorful and healthu

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  4. I have an extra pie crust in the fridge. This recipe is calling my name!

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  5. I've been wondering is the ready-made pie crust would work for baked samosas and here you are. These look delicious!

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  6. What a great combintion of flavors in the filling. It would be great in a quiche too...

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  7. yum these looks amazing. So much flavor in perfect little packets thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love samosas! These look fantastic, Ramona!

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  9. Love the pie crust shortcut! Another delicious recipe, Ramona~

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  10. (I don't even know what a samosa is.) Is it just a hand-held savory pie? Some reason it has that name? ::sigh:: Just feel free to call me an ignorant mess.

    I also like knowing what the heck that delicious dish is that I'm going to be feeding my family soon.

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  11. I love samosas, empanadas, pierogi & all the other similar treats from around the world. This looks great.

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  12. Ramona....I LOVE savory things in pastry! And this would make such a great portable meal for lunch as well as dinner! (and love your mortar and pestle!)

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  13. These look delicious! Easy enough for every day....and taste like you spent all day!

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  14. these samosas look great! I like the step by step photos, very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. These are spectacular. I use ready made occasionally, saves time when life is busy. You really did a wonderful job with these. Love them.

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  16. Simply divine. I love your recipes!

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  17. This looks delicious--I will definitely try this!

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  18. This samosas looks so tempting!
    great noon-snack!
    Tq for sharing the recipe & cingratz for the top 9 on fb! ;)

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  19. How much chicken do you use?

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  20. can I use puff pastry sheets instead pie crust? Do u think the flavor would be same? Pls suggest.

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  21. Yes, puff pastry is perfectly fine to use. :)

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  22. I love samosas! These look delicious. I make something very similar using chickpeas for a vegetarian version.

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  23. I love samosas and haven't had one in foreverrr! These look so good!

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  24. Cheers to the dish I order most often at Indian restaurants. With this chicken this would be a perfect snacky meal for the holidays.

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  25. I LOVE samosas! You're such a hard worker and I respect you a lot. It's not easy to take step by step pictures (I do it so I know very well) and re-make everything so that you can get those final shots! I don't mind eating these samosas everyday... :)

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  26. Ramona, believe it or not, I have never had samosas. Clearly I have been missing something great! These look so delicious and guess what...I even have all of the spices! I have definitely got to make these soon.

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  27. I adore samosas! NOW I CAN MAKE THEM IN THE OVEN?!?!? Ramona I could kiss you for this recipe!! teehee but I'll just send you an *air hug* instead. :)

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  28. I haven't made samosas in years...and, as always, you've provided a perfect and delicious recipe! Have a great weekend, Ramona!

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  29. I'm beginning to love shortcuts more and more these days and this one is no exception. Knowing firsthand how tedious making these the "old fashioned" way is, this is a great alternative.

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