No Thanks
Keep In Touch With

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Moroccan B'Steeya

Season the chicken a day ahead so it has time to absorb the flavors.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2005


  • 1 whole roaster chicken, about 4 pounds, cut into 8 pieces
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crumbled saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, plus 1/2 cup melted (1 1/2 sticks total)
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups blanched whole almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup orange-flower water
  • 1 package (17 ounces) store-bought phyllo dough


  1. Put chicken and 1/3 cup salt in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Refrigerate 1 hour. Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Mix chicken, onion, garlic, saffron, ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup parsley, and 1/4 cup cilantro in a large bowl; cover, and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Transfer chicken mixture to a medium-heavy pot. Add enough water to cover (about 4 cups). Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Add 1/4 cup butter; cover, and simmer until chicken is falling off the bone, 1 to 1 1/2 hours, adding water to cover if necessary. Transfer chicken to a plate; let cool. Reserve poaching liquid. Remove meat from bones and shred; discard skin and bones. Set chicken aside.

  3. Bring reserved poaching liquid to a boil over high heat; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup. Reduce heat to medium high. Slowly add eggs; whisk constantly until mixture is almost set, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup parsley, 1/4 cup cilantro, and the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

  4. Stir together almonds, sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a 13-inch paella or pizza pan with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Stir together remaining melted butter and the orange-flower water in small bowl. Assemble b'steeya: Brush a sheet of phyllo with butter mixture. Put in pan, leaving a 4-inch overhang. Repeat, adding and buttering 7 more sheets of phyllo, overlapping layers and fanning out around pan. (Keep unbuttered phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp kitchen towel.)

  6. Arrange chicken mixture over dough. Pour in egg mixture. Top with 5 layers phyllo brushed with butter mixture. Sprinkle with almond mixture. Fold up edges of phyllo to enclose. Top with 5 layers phyllo brushed with butter mixture; tuck edges inside pan. Slightly crinkle 2 unbuttered phyllo over top. Bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Related Topics