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December 22, 2010 / Baker by Night

Chicken Strudel

This was one of the first recipes I ever attempted to make. I don’t know what possessed my 18 year old self to try to make this, I barely knew how to turn on an oven at the time, but something about chicken, spinach, and flaky phyllo dough told me I better learn. The first few times I tried to make this recipe, it didn’t turn out too well. I wasn’t that comfortable in the kitchen  and I would either forget to add an ingredient of I would accidentally let the phyllo dough dry out. I think that I may have even tried to experiment with the recipe. This was long before I knew anything about flavor combinations, so I added ingredients like cumin, lemon pepper, and marshmallows. I really do not recommend any of these additions, especially the marshmallows. Thankfully, I was finally able to master the strudel and it became my go to recipe. Family coming in town for a visit? Make chicken strudel! Movie night with the girls? Chicken strudel! Impress the guy I’m dating? Chinese takeout? No! Chicken strudel! Chicken strudel over and over and over again until people started saying, “Hey Aliza, what’s with all the chicken strudel?” I was finally forced to turn away from the strudel and search for other recipes to master. I had completely forgotten about it until I had a chicken strudel dream a few months ago. I went on a search and chicken strudel is rightfully back in the dinner rotation where it belongs.

The main reason I keep coming back to this recipe is that it is really simple and very good. I love it because I normally have the ingredients on hand and it is very quick to make. This time, I didn’t have any swiss cheese, so I substituted Fiesta Blend. I was really nervous about using a different type of cheese, but it still tasted great! The other thing I love so much about this strudel is that it is healthy, which is really helpful right now considering all of the cookies I have been baking and eating lately. I think I should have just sent chicken strudel in my holiday boxes this year, it really is good for everything.

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  1. Jerry Kaufman / Dec 24 2010 5:44 pm

    After looking at the picture, I had to restrain myself from hopping on a plane to Atlanta to get some! It looks fantastic!

    Your comment about adding marshmallows and chicken reminded me of Will Ferrell’s four main food groups from the movie Elf: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.

    I don’t want to get you upset but I but I think dreams about Chicken Strudel is an indicator that you may need to have a heart-to-heart discussion with your spiritual advisor.

    By the way, you’re too young to know, but “Chicken Strudel” was actually the name of a dance craze when I was young. You would dance to such memorable lyrics as “Do it, do the Chicken Strudel, Do the Chicken Strudel…” I really impressed girls with my moves.

    I can help you not gain weight from eating cookies. Send them to me.

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