Chicken Fatayer/ Stuffed buns – Aromatherapy in your kitchen

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The cold December air is heavy with the delicious aromas of baked delicacies.It seems like the whole world is busy with one thing-baking. Anywhere you go, you  get that  whiff of cakes, breads or cookies being baked somewhere in the neighborhood,stimulating your senses and evoking a mood of cheer and revelry . These mouth watering floating aromas trigger happy childhood memories surrounding us with an overwhelming feeling of de’javu and create an instant craving for them.

Much as it is easy to buy baked goodies from the store, the process of baking them in our own home is an exhilarating experience on its own. The feel of the flour, the sound of the blender,the sight of the rising bread in the oven, the ambrosial lingering smell and finally the delicious taste of the final product– all these experiences arouse and tickle our senses to mixed feelings of pride and satisfaction.

Savory  or sweet, baking always works as therapy for me. Aromatherapy without shelling money in the spa 😉

When I came across this delicious recipe for Chicken Fatayer @Taste of Emarat there was no stopping me.

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Fatayer is popularly found in Arab bakeries in different shapes and fillings. Generally cheese fatayer comes in boat shapes, spinach in triangular and meat in square or bun shapes.The dough is easy to make and does not require much resting time. The baked fatayer come out  soft and fluffy. You can experiment with the fillings. Either you make it from scratch or just use leftover beef,mutton or chicken with some caramelized onions.

Chicken Fatayer

Ingredients for dough:

  • 3cups flour
  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil/corn oil
  • 3 tbsp. yogurt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 egg whisked for basting

Place the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast, sugar and salt , then add the water and  oil. Mix well until combined then knead for 5 minutes. Put it in a glass bowl and cover it with cling film and leave aside till double in size.

Ingredients for filling:

  • 2 cups of boiled and shredded chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper/red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Cheese optional

Put oil in a pan and saute onions and garlic. Add chicken and spices. saute and take off heat.

Assembling the Fatayer:

Take the dough out and punch it lightly. Make 10-12 round balls from it. With your fingertips flatten each ball and put a teaspoon of the filling. pick up the sides and close to form a ball.Make all the balls in a similar way. Grease a baking tray and place the balls with a gap of 1 inch between them. Brush with a whisked egg. sprinkle sesame seeds if you like. Bake in a pre heated oven at 180º C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda says:

    I can smell them from here! Yummy!! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Haha 🙂 You sure must be Linda. That’s the best part of baking. The delicious aroma lingers in your home for quite some time.

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  2. Loretta says:

    Oh what a clever idea for a stuffed bun, I’m not sure I’ve heard of it or even tasted it Ana. But wow, does it ever sound delicious!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Loretta. The recipe is not originally mine,though I tweaked it a little bit. It is simpler to bake than most other breads and quite delicious too. Complete meal in itself 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  3. I love these stuffed rolls – someone else made a version recently. Makes me hungry and I wish I had a couple of these for lunch instead of soup. I would like the cheese, please 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much dear Judi. Wish I could send it right across to you. I remember Jhuls had made something similar- Asado buns. And I had told her that I was about to bake Chicken fatayer. And Cheese yes!! My favorite too. But I have a lot of family get togethers and parties to attend this month. So I need to count my calories 😀

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  4. Sandhya says:

    Ana,
    I definitely like this kind of aromatherapy! What a delicous recipe…..I am drooling:)

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  5. Wow these look so good yummmm

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  6. Whoa!! Those really look delicious, wish I had one now.

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  7. Heavenly!! looks wonderful!

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  8. CHCooks says:

    These are nice 🙂

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  9. Lina says:

    Looks so delicious ☺☺

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lina ☺

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  10. Oh my, my darling, doesn’t this look awfie braw xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. skd says:

      Haha 😉 Thanks Sheh

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  11. “the ambrosial lingering smell” oh, yes, you have a lovely way with both words and recipes – This is wonderful! ;^) ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Aisha. Its very kind of you ☺

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  12. Spira says:

    Happy Holidays!
    All the warmest wishes for you & your loved ones 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for your warm wishes. Happy holidays to you too. Have a wonderful and cheerful week ahead 🍰🍞🍫🌻🌻🌻

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  13. Fazal says:

    A very innovative dish

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much 🙂

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  14. Cris says:

    I love stuffed bread so much! I didn’t know this kind of Fatayer, now i wanna try them 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Please do. Pretty easy and delicious. thank you for stopping by Cris 🙂

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  15. These buns looks very delicious 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺

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  16. Neethu says:

    Looks yummm n delicious 😋😋

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Neethu ☺

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  17. They look amazing! You are right, there is nothing like more relaxing and satisfying than baking and having the kitchen filled with the loveliest flavours.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much dear Daniela. It somehow reflects a happy home ❤ ❤

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  18. nancyc says:

    These sound wonderful–what a great comfort food meal! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Nancy 🙂

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  19. arohii says:

    yum Yum, I looked at aromatherapy in the title and was dumbfounded, 😀 It certainly is a pleasure especially for one who also waits to eat, yum, you always make me crave seeing the food you post. I would have it with tea and chicken makes me hungry right now. Thank you for sharing dear. 🙂 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      And you always motivate me to put up one more post even if i am feeling lazy. Thank you Arohi for your kindness. You are my sweetest blogging friend ever. Lots of virtual hugs to you 💕

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      1. arohii says:

        aw! I am so happy, you made my day, Thank you so much, you are so kind and also my sweetest and blogging friend ever, best wishes loves, xoxo

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  20. ChgoJohn says:

    Baked goods like these you don’t mind winter so much. You want to keep those windows closed, not so much for the heat but to keep the aroma locked up in your home.

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    1. skd says:

      Exactly!!! You have put in words what I was meaning to say. Baking is more fun in winters because the delicious aromas just won’t leave home. Thank you for the kind words ☺

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  21. Sophie33 says:

    What a delectable & inspiring alternative filling! I have not seen that ever before,…a savory filling! Those filled buns must taste fantastic! xxx

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    1. skd says:

      They were delicious Sophie. A meal in itself. Easy meal on the go. Good as box lunch for kids as well as adults. Thank you for liking it ☺

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  22. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed says:

    Wow, these look amazing. I love making bread, you’re so right, there’s something magical about watching them rise as they bake. First time I’ve come across fatayer, on my list to try now. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Sarah for the kind words ☺ Please do try the recipe. I am sure you will love it.

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks Nell 🙂

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  23. I love your idea of aromatherapy! 😉 I’ve never heard of fatayer; so glad you “introduced” me to it. My family would really like these, and I think they would be perfect in a school lunch box. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words ☺ I simply love the delicious aromas wafting out of the oven. They make a home so warm and cozy.The Fatayer is indeed delish. I am sure your kids are going to love it in the lunch box.

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  24. Im glad to see this recipe on your website, so happy you liked it

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    1. skd says:

      Your blog has always been an inspiration to me. I find the recipes very interesting and delicious. Thank you for sharing ☺

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