Mini chicken puff pizza or Chicken Puff Pizzas are a quick and easy appetizer for Ramazan. Baked in less than 30 minutes. A great choice for iftar, tea-time snacks, parties, and day outs.
The colorful texture and the cheesy toppings will gather your kids nearby. They won’t leave the table until the last bite.
If you are looking for something new to make for your kids this Ramazan then these Mini Pizzas can be a real kid-pleaser.
These Mini chicken puff pizzas can be made priorly and refrigerated. Just before iftar take them out and put them directly into the oven. That’s it. These mini bite-sized pizzas with puff pastry make perfect iftar food.
Made with ready-made puff pastry and chicken mince cooked with ginger garlic and green chili. I have made it a little spicy as we eat less spicy food. It is one of the best hors d’oeuvres.
You can change the filling according to your taste. You can be creative and colorful with your toppings and get the whole family involved and just enjoy the cooking.
What is a Puff Pastry?
It is a pastry that is made of laminated dough consisting of butter/solid fats along with the dough. This pastry is light and flaky in texture as the layers are almost paper thin. The dough is folded and rolled multiple times adding butter to it. It is also known as pâte feuilletée.
The process of making these pastries is laborious and time-consuming. Hence, there are many quick recipes for substitution such as blitz, rough puff, or flaky pastry. It is majorly sweet in taste but there are multiple variations for it being salty/savory or with spicy fillings making it one of the most versatile recipes.
Making Puff Pastry Sheets At Home
As mentioned before, this process is really tedious and time-consuming. You will be needed to have an insane amount of passion, strength, patience, and hard work to get this done like that in the confectioneries. Hence, it won’t come as a surprise if you end up using store-bought readymade sheets, like me.
However, I do know some people who are passionate about cooking and/or baking and will opt to prepare everything by themselves, no matter how hard it will be. Therefore, for those people, here’s the process of making these sheets.
You’ll need 250 gms of all-purpose flour, 120 grams of butter, a little bit of salt, and cold water to make the dough. a little bit of flour for dusting and butter for brushing as well.
Add butter and salt with the flour in a bowl. Mix them and start kneading the dough by adding cold water gradually to it. Once done, cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for 10-15 minutes.
Lay butter in two parts of 60 gms each over a plastic sheet. Cover and flatten them using a rolling pin. Refrigerate it as well for 10-15 minutes.
Dust some flour on a flat surface and flatten that with the rolling pin as much as you can. Place the flattened butter in the center and fold the dough from all sides. Refrigerate again for 10-15 minutes.
Again dust some flour on the surface and the dough as well. Start flattening the dough with the rolling pin as much as you can. Lastly, brush the sheet with melted butter. Fold it multiple times getting a square shape from it. Again refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
Finally, you can flatten the sheet with rolling pin one last time and use them for making these pastries.
Variations To Mini Chicken Puff Pizza
I’ve already mentioned that this recipe is versatile. Now I am going to explain how is that.
First of all, if you like, you can just have the pastries as it is with tea/coffee in place biscuits. You can have them as sweet or savoury.
But, that alone may not be appetizing enough for others to just grab one and pop them in their mouth, we are aiming for various stuffing here. Also, without the stuffing, they won’t look like pizzas.
Let us focus on the chicken. Since we are making them as mini chicken pizza all the taste will be in the chicken mince. You can add any kind of spice you like while cooking the chicken.
If you add soya sauce and vinegar, along with some chilli sauce then you’ll have a Chinese version. Adding tomatoes either in paste or puree, with some garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and seasoning will make it Italian.
You can also add herbs to it. Other than that, chilli flakes, oregano powder, black pepper, pizza or barbecue sauce, spice mix powder, any kind of seasoning, or store-bought spice powder can be used.
Instead of minced chicken, you can use sausages, fish fillets, chicken sausages, meat, prawns, etc. Or you can cut the chicken into small cubes and cook them until they change colour. After that, you can keep them as it is or shred them before using them.
For those who are vegetarian, you can skip the chicken and just make the filling using only vegetables. Onions, tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, beans, olives, etc vegetables can be added to the pastry. Some people use turnip or similar root vegetables as well. It will also appeal to people following a vegan diet.
Tips For Mini Chicken Puff Pizza:
- You can shape the pastry sheets into circles, or squares, or fold the square sheets in half from the opposite ends and make triangle puffs.
- You can also cover the stuffing with another sheet of pastry and cut them in the shape you like. Or fold the sheets in half and make parcels. Or you can roll them like pies/rolls and twist them as well.
- If you microwave the vegetables with olive oil and seasoning first then cover the tray with the sheet and bake it, then you will have a reverse pizza puff.
- If you are folding the pizza puffs then make sure they are properly sealed or else the stuffing will come out.
- Eggwash the puff pastries before baking to add more colour, luster, and some flavour. If you are doing this with folded pastry then make proper cuts to the layer.
- Chilling the sheets for some time before baking will give you a crispier texture.
- The chicken filling can be prepared n advance and refrigerated. Thaw before you need to use that. If the pastry sheets were stored as well then thaw them as well before using.
- Greasing the baking tray will prevent the puff pastries from sticking.