A few weekends ago, I found myself alone at home with Baby Dear and a potluck invitation waiting for a response. Hubby Dear was away on a longer than usual business trip, and I was at my wits end trying to entertain an energizer-bunny of a toddler. I’ve always considered myself an introvert and going to a party without my better half to meet new people is not really my cup of tea. But I was desperate. And so was Baby Dear. We each needed to get out and about – and interacting with someone other than each other seemed like a welcome option. So I immediately texted a YES to the invite and started to prep my contribution to the party.
When given an option, I always like to volunteer bringing an appetizer. Its the perfect chance to get creative and think out of the box. Bite-sized finger foods are usually my preferred way to enjoy a meal and I love experimenting with different flavours and textures. I was short of time and needed to come up with something quick and easy. One long stare at the contents of my fridge and I knew just what I was ready to get to work on. I had half a rotisserie chicken from the previous night to work with. Armed with a can of store-bought croissant dough and some veggies and spices, this came together in a breeze. Its delicious fresh out of the oven or eaten at room temperature. I suggest taking this idea and running with it! Experiment with the filling. Change it up to what you and your family enjoy eating. It works great any which way.
As I was working on this recipe, it suddenly occurred to me that this would be perfect for a kids lunchbox. With September right around the corner and schools all set to open up their doors to eager parents and kids after a long summer, back to school sales and lunchbox recipes are hard to look past. My tiny tot is all excited to begin a new phase in life and can’t stop talking about going to a big boys school! Aside from picking out a new school bag, lunch box, clothes and shoes imprinted with his current favourite cartoon character, I’ve been keeping myself busy working on lunchbox recipes for him. Baby Dear has never been a fussy eater and cooking for him is always a pleasure. If the food is tasty, he’ll relish it. If it has chicken, he’ll dive right in. And if it has tons of garlic, then in his own esteemed words – its a party in his tummy!
Prep time: 15 min | Cooking time: 15-20 min | Makes: 8 medium sized treats
1 tbsp light cooking oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp chaat masala
2 cups shredded pre-cooked chicken
1 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
salt & pepper to taste
a handful of finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
Sauté onions and garlic in hot oil till they start to soften. Add in spices and fry for a few seconds till fragrant.
Add in shredded chicken and sliced peppers and stir-fry for a few minutes to bring the flavours together. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with coriander leaves and set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate croissant triangles as directed. For each triangle, roll out dough to expand a little in size, while keeping the same triangular shape.
Fill each triangle with a heaped spoonful of the cooled chicken filling on the flat end, and roll the triangle as directed by the instructions to form a croissant shape.
Bake for 15-20 minutes till lightly browned and done.