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Cinnamon Spiced Chicken Filo Parcels with Jalapeno Aioli & Mixed Leaf Salad

The heat of jalapeno is balanced well by the sweetness of cinnamon, a spice that never goes out of fashion. We loved the crunch on the outside and the warm, soft filling inside of the filo.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 x Lilydale Chicken Mince (500g)
  • 1 Tblsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pinenuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 10 sheets fresh filo pastry
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 tsp poppyseeds

Jalapeno aioli

  • 1 ½ Tblsp pickled jalapenos, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 Tblsp lemon juice

Mixed salad leaves, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add one garlic clove, onion and carrot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until soft. Add the cinnamon and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the mince and cook for 5 minutes or until meat is browned. Remove from heat and stir through pinenuts and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool.
  3. To make the jalapeno aioli, combine the remaining garlic, jalapenos, mayonnaise, honey and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To make the filo parcels, place 1 sheet of the filo on workbench. Lightly spray with oil. Top with another filo sheet and lightly spray with oil. Repeat using 3 more filo sheets. Cut sheets in half and spoon ¼ of the chicken mixture along 1 long edge of pastry, leaving 5cm at each end. Fold the ends in and roll up the filo to enclose the filling. Repeat the process with the remaining sheets of filo. Place filo parcels, seam-side down, on prepared tray.
  5. Lightly spray the filo tops with olive oil and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and crisp. Serve with jalapeno aioli and mixed leaf salad.
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