Chicken Pockets

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Simple Chicken Pockets, these are easy to make and store. I’m sure all of you have made these pockets before, probably with a different name (functionally they are very similar to samosas albeit structurally different). A pocket is a single piece of folded or hollowed bread, such as a pita, tortilla, or even a wrapping (such as the ones used to make egg rolls)  cooked with a filling/stuffing (source: Google). I learned this recipe a long time ago and funny enough it was labeled chicken doughnuts. Now that messes with my existing food nomenclature and my concept of doughnuts a bit too much, and so over the years I realised that this was just a made-up name :).

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A basic pocket sandwich uses just one single piece of folded dough but just for my own convenience I cut two circles and overlap them. I like the resulting shape, anyways I love these because these are so versatile and you can experiment with various filling. I’m making a simple chicken filling that is time and kids tested. Just writing about these makes my mouth water. You can substitute a vegetarian filling or even leftovers. These taste good with almost  everything  (and on their own as well).

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For the dough: 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp dry milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg

Method.

  1. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients.
  2. Now make a hole in the center of the flour mix and add the butter and egg.
  3. Mix it with a fork.
  4. Knead the dough using luke-warm water, cover and put aside to rise for at least an hour or until it doubles in size.

Behold, the filling:

Ingredients:

  • flour (to sprinkle)
  • 1 cup shredded chicken (cooked)
  • 1 tsp butter
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cabbage
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 spring onions, chopped

Method:

  1. Turn the stove on and melt the butter on low heat. Mix together the shredded chicken, crushed black pepper and salt. Cook this for a few minutes.
  2. Add the cabbage, cilantro and spring onions/scallions. If you are the adventurous type and are able to handle spicy food then add green chillis as well. Mix well and turn off the heat.
  3. Set aside for now.

Assembling:

  1. Whisk one egg and set aside, we will use this an egg-wash, and for securing the edges of the pockets.
  2. On a flat surface, sprinkle some flour and roll out the dough.
  3. Using a round shaped cutter, cut circles.
  4. Now place the filling that we made earlier in the center of one circle. this is our circle 1. Apply egg-wash on the sides.
  5. Now apply egg wash on the sides of a circle with no filling inside. circle 2. Using this circle cover the first circle.
  6. Using a fork, close the sides really well.
  7. Repeat and make all of the pockets first. cover and let them sit for about 2 hours.
  8. Apply the egg-wash on top when ready for frying.
  9. Now heat oil in a pan and deep-fry until golden brown.
  10. You can also bake these, pre-heat the oven on 220°c and bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  11. Serve warm.

I prefer frying these over baking or air frying as I feel frying gives them a better texture and they are softer (could me my bias towards Samosas). Baking is healthier, so you get the best of both worlds but they can turn out a bit dry (still scrumptious, though).

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Thank you for all your love and support. Let’s dig in.

Aa jao bachon “chicken pockets” tayyar hain!!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. sheenampuri says:

    I would love to try this. Just one quick question – can I skip the egg part? Or do I have to use it to make the dough?

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    1. Hello, I’m usually pretty good at replying but I wasn’t able to reply earlier. My bad girl, coming straight to your question, you can substitute 2 tbsp of yogurt instead of the eggs. It will give similar results:)

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  2. I generally bake pockets but the fried version looks more tempting. Hope you had a lovely ramadan. I hope your health issues are nothing serious. I am team samosas too!

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  3. salmadinani says:

    These look really delicious!

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    1. Hehe, I tried:D Thank you Salma:)

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  4. Sumith Babu says:

    Happy Ramadan. I like these little chicken pockets. Looks very yummy!!

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    1. Thank you Sumith, these are pretty neat:)

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  5. Annie says:

    Woaw. Looks yummy. U really worked hard, will gonna try this soon.

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    1. Thank you anniee, you are the best! 😍

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  6. Rafia says:

    Oh, these look delicious! I wish had my mommy to prepare these for me 🙂 yeah, I wouldn’t call them donuts either. It just seems so wrong! Funnily enough, I’m not even a huge fan of donuts. But they’re sweet and sweets must remain sweet!! 🙂

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  7. Happy Ramadan Beenish! I’m loving these chicken pockets, they look delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much Heather, I’m so glad you like these, these are my go to during this month.

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