I live in a rural area of NJ and the year we moved into our home 14 other new homes were built on our street. My "new" next door neighbor was from Texas and wanted to get us all together so we would get to know each other. Her plan was to start a Bunco group. None of us had ever heard of Bunco but, it sounded like fun, so we were in!! That was 23 years ago. Through the years we have lost members, added new people, and still have 5 original members. We take turns hosting monthly. This is our monthly gab fest…a time to catch up with one another, a time to relax, drink some wine, eat some food and laugh…actually a lot of laughing!! Oh, and we do play Bunco, too! This happens to be my month to host. As I went over what I wanted to serve, I realized we would be meeting on friday night and it just so happens that the Chicken B'stilla (pronounced ba-stee-ya) would be a great addition to my menu. I am sure the girls will love it….it sounds so delicious to me. The flavors are Moroccan…cinnamon, coriander and ginger, all of which permeate your kitchen while the chicken is marinating. Thursday morning I marinated the chicken for 2 hours. I then added the chicken broth to the pot. I let this simmer for another 2 hours. Then removed the chicken to a bowl, let it cool and shredded it. I had poured the broth through a sieve and removed the onions. Now it was time to make the sauce. I had about 4 cups of broth that I put into a pot and boiled slowly until it reduced to about a cup and 1/2. I then added the egg and honey mixture, whisking while pouring into the broth. The sauce came together well but, took a while (6 or 7 minutes) to thicken. That was it. I added the chicken and onions and refrigerated. Putting this dish together was fairly easy for me, since I have worked with phyllo dough often. I have to say my phyllo was not cooperating today. It became brittle while I was working with it. I just got rid of the top few sheets and then I had no problem. I put this lovely dish into the oven about an hour ago because I want to serve it tonight. I cannot describe how absolutely fabulous the aroma is...I can't wait to dig in!
Hopefully the girls will love this!!