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Low Fat Chicken Bastillas

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  Thinly sliced onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), minced
  Minced fresh ginger 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Ground turmeric 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander 1 Teaspoon
  Powdered saffron 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Hot chili flakes 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Fat skimmed unsalted chicken broth 3 Cup (48 tbs) (Or Reduced Sodium)
  Boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 Pound, cut into 1/3 by 2-inch slices
  Egg whites 4 Large
  Chopped fresh cilantro 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Finely chopped almonds 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Powdered sugar 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Filo dough sheets 6 (12 By 1.7 Inch)
  Cooking oil spray 1
  Jalapeno jelly 2 Tablespoon (Red)
  Cornstarch 1 Tablespoon

1. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, bring onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, saffron, chili flakes, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and broth to a rolling boil. Add chicken, cover, remove from heat, and let stand until chicken is no longer pink in center (cut to test), about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken, but not onion, to a bowl. Save the cooking broth.
2. Whisk 1/4 cup of the cooking broth with egg whites just to blend. Place an 8-to 10-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Pour egg mixture into pan and stir just until softly set, 3 to 5 minutes.
3. With a flexible spatula, gently combine egg mixture and cilantro with chicken. Season to taste with salt.
4. In another bowl, combine almonds, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
5. Working quickly so filo dough doesn't dry out, lightly spray each filo sheet with oil and make 3 stacks of 2 sheets each. From a 17-inch edge, cut each stack of filo dough into 3 equal parts; you'll have 9 stacks. Lay 1 stack of 2 strips at right angles across another. With 6 more stacks, make 3 more crosses; reserve remaining stack for other uses.
6. Using a slotted spoon, mound 1/4 of the chicken mixture (add any accumulated liquid to the reserved cooking broth) onto center of each cross. Sprinkle mounds equally with almond mixture. For each bundle, gather filo strips up over filling and gently squeeze and twist to enclose. Set filo bundles well apart on an oiled 12- by 15-inch baking sheet.
7. Pull back tips of filo strips on each bundle to make "petals." Lightly spray bundles with oil.
8. Bake bastilla pastries in a 400° oven until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes (10 to 12 minutes in a convection oven).
9- Meanwhile, boil reserved broth mixture over high heat until reduced to 2 cups, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour through a fine strainer into a bowl; discard residue. Rinse pan and return broth to it. Add jelly. Mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and add to pan. Set pan over high heat and stir with a whisk until boiling.
10. With a wide spatula, transfer bastillas to plates. Dust with powdered sugar and accompany with sauce.

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Low Fat Chicken Bastillas Recipe