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Reuse left over chicken and disguise them in a new avatar as Indian style spicy chicken patty that is guaranteed to go down as a treat for all! 

The end of festivities is followed by bowls and Tupperware of  gastronomical bomb laying dormant in your fridge.

It could be in the form of mushy legumes, wilted veges or some disintegrated meat pieces.

You cant throw them, coz it is food,  or there is not enough to make a meal and you know serving  again may lead to a mealtime meltdown or you just want a change !!

Getting creative with leftover food resolves most of the above issue.

This spicy chicken patties is similar to a chicken envelop where all your leftovers are very cleverly hidden in a blanket of pastry dough!!

No will will know the hidden edible treasures inside. 🙂

Ingredients For Spicy Chicken Patty Recipe

As this recipe is aimed to reuse the leftovers, you can get creative with most leftover bits in your fridge that you know no one will eat again.

For this envelop style chicken patty recipe I have used:

1 cup of leftover chicken pieces, cut into cubes

2 boiled and mashed potatoes

1 finely chopped onion

1 roll of ready-made pastry dough

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp Hot sauce or ketchup

2 tbsp oil for sauteing and brushing


2 tsp roasted cumin powder or 2 tsp curry powder ( you can make your own by following this homemade curry powder recipe )

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1 tsp chilli powder

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Step-wise Method For Making Spicy Chicken Patty With Images

Here is how to make the chicken envelope style chicken patty

STEP 1  – Prepare the filling with left overs 

Chop leftover chicken or meat into small pieces and set aside

Leftover chicken recipe


Boil and roughly mash potatoes or used leftover potatoes if you have any.


Heat oil in a pan and saute chopped onions until translucent.

Saute onions till translucent


Add the chopped meat pieces and mashed potatoes and mix well.

Add leftover meat


Add salt, 2 tsp of curry powder or roasted ground cumin powder, 1 tsp chili powder and mix. Add hot sauce or tomato sauce to the mixture if you wish.

Add the spices to boiled mashed potatoes

STEP 6 – Roll out the dough 

Roll the ready-made pastry dough into 4 large oval shapes. You can use the ready rolled dough as well and cut into into 4 large squares.


Take a 2 tablespoon portion of the spicy filling and place it on the bottom end of the oval pastry dough. Fold over the top part and cover the filling. Apply a bit of water or flour slurry  on the sides.Press the sides together with a fork to seal firmly together.

Fill the dough with spicy filling

STEP 8 – Baking the Patties 

Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius for 5 minutes.

Brush some oil on top of each patty and bake  the patties for 15-20 minutes until it becomes golden brown in colour.

Fold pastry dough to make chicken envelope


Serve hot Indian Style Spicy Chicken Patty with ketchup.

Spicy Chicken Patty recipe

Cooking Tips To Help Make This Recipe

  1. You can use any leftover dish that is dry for making envelope style bakes.

  2. Make sure the filling is cold before you fill in to prevent the dough from becoming too soggy.

  3. Add grated cheese for a cheesy filling. 

  4. Make sure that the sides are sealed well to prevent it from opening 

  5. This dish also makes a good finger food lunch box meal. 

  6. Use smaller pieces of dough to make mini sized patties for a quick repurposed chicken patty appetizer. 

Substitutes and Alternatives Ingredients 

  1. Substitute meat with any dry veg leftover you have such as beans, roasted veges etc. If it has any liquid or sauce dry it by heating on a pan before you fry with onions.  

  2. Use gluten free dough for making gluten free patties. 

  3. You can also use puff pastry dough for a flaky texture patty. 

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2 years ago

Definitely a must try recipe!

2 years ago

Have had jamacian patties before, love the idea of indian spices ones!

2 years ago

This reminds me of the meat pies years ago that I would sometimes have. Now I am looking forward to this since I’m laying off the beef for awhile.

Chef Dennis
2 years ago

I can’t wait to try making this Indian Style Chicken Patty! I love everything spicy!

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