Moroccan Chicken Rolls

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How To Make Moroccan Chicken Rolls

Steeped in tradition this Moroccan chicken pie known as Bastilla, with layers of chicken, eggs, almonds and spices, is made simply into a finger-food Tapas chicken roll. 

Moroccan Chicken Rolls
Moroccan Tapas

Chicken Rolls

Sometimes, chicken just needs to get all dressed up and look fancy! This Moroccan Chicken Roll recipe takes the underrated chicken, and elevates it to a whole new level.

Moroccan Chicken Rolls
Chicken 3 Ways

Using the breast meat from a cooked chicken, as seen in our Chicken 3 Ways recipe, leftover chicken breast or simply purchase breast of chicken, boil it and shred it, an elegant appetizer, tapas or side dish will soon be ready.

Moroccan Chicken Dish

Bastilla, a Moroccan, sometimes thought to be Egyptian dish, is a magnificent and very traditional entrée dish.

Moroccan Chicken Rolls
Bastilla Dinner

I created a simpler version of the elegant Bastilla for these Moroccan rolls, that are perfect to make in advance and pop in the oven minutes before serving a tapas spread or appetizer.


Tapas style dining is my most favorite way to eat. Lots of small plates with a huge variety of delicious dishes to eat. I love this style of dining so much that I created a cookbook – The World On My Plate dedicated just for small plate dining. 

Moroccan Chicken Rolls
My Small Plates Cookbook – Fine Tapas Dining

Preparing Moroccan Chicken Rolls

Once the chicken has been cooked and shredded, the remaining ingredients are mixed together. 

Moroccan Chicken Rolls
Phyllo and Filling

The chicken filling is then placed in phyllo dough, rolled, baked, and ready to serve. This easy dish will be sure to wow any dinner guests, or simply feel as though you have treated yourself to a very sophisticated dinner. 

Moroccan Chicken Rolls
Rolling Phyllo Dough

Don’t be intimidated to work with phyllo dough, it is quite forgiving. The filling can even be rolled into the phyllo dough, brushed with a little melted butter, frozen or placed in the fridge, and baked at another time.

Moroccan Chicken Rolls
Cut Chicken Roll Before Baking

Ingredients Needed

  • Cooked Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Lemon juice
  • Almond meal
  • Olive oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Slivered almonds
  • Phyllo dough
  • Butter
Moroccan Chicken Rolls

Equipment Needed

  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Basting brush
  • Knife
  • Citrus press
  • Mixing bowl
  • Small sauce pan (for melting butter)
  • Small mixing cup
  • Oven

Moroccan Chicken Rolls – Tapas

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Appetizers u0026amp; TapasCuisine: Moroccan



Moroccan chicken pie known as Bastilla, with layers of chicken, eggs, almonds and spices, is made simply into a finger-food Tapas chicken roll. 


  • Cooked Chicken breast – 1 ½ breast, shredded

  • Eggs – 3

  • Lemon juice – ½ cup

  • Almond meal – 1 cup

  • Olive oil – 1/8 cup

  • Cinnamon – 1 tbsp

  • Salt – 2 tsp

  • Garlic – 2 cloves, crushed

  • Cayenne pepper – a pinch or to taste

  • Powdered sugar and cinnamon – 1 tsp of each, mixed to dust on top of baked rolls

  • Slivered almonds – 2 tbsp to sprinkle on top of finished rolls

  • Phyllo sheets – 6 sheets

  • Butter – 3 tbsp, melted to brush onto phyllo dough


  • In a bowl mix eggs, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. Add chicken, spices, and almond meal. Blend until all ingredients are moist.
  • Brush a little melted butter onto phyllo dough, one sheet at a time until you have stacked 3 layers. Place half of the filling at one end (long end) of the phyllo sheets, gently roll and brush a little butter as you roll. Place sealed closing down onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Do the same with the second roll.
  • At a diagonal, cut 1/3 way through the roll before baking. Brush any remaining butter across the top. (cutting before baking makes it easier to cut through the crunchy pastry after it is cooked)
  • Bake 350 for about 35-40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden.
  • While rolls are still hot, dust the cinnamon/sugar mixture across the tops, sprinkle the slivered almonds, and cut all the way through the rolls. 
Moroccan Chicken Rolls
Moroccan Chicken Roll

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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