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Video with easy way to roll out Phyllo and make Kotopita (Chicken Galette)

In French, “galette” is a term used to describe various types of flat, round or free-form crusty sweet or savoury pastries.  You can serve this Kotopita (chicken galette) as a main dish with a salad or make smaller ones as starters.  If you like you can make them free-form or use your muffin tins.


chicken galette kotopita cut

For the starters, grease your muffin tins with olive oil, cut the phyllo with a cookie cutter and line them with phyllo.  Add the filling and cheese on top and bake to make mini “kotopitakia”.


phyllo with cookie cutter

Kotopita, which means chicken pie, is one of many types of Greek meat pites.  This particular pie is made with a horiatiko (village) phyllo pastry crust, which is very easy to handle and roll. I make kotopita from scratch or with leftover chicken or turkey, with different kinds of fillings.  Two similar recipes are included in Volume 2 of my e-cookbook.

Turkey galette round

You can serve this Kotopita as a main dish with a salad or during the holidays  you can make smaller ones as a starter.  If you like you can make them free-form or use your muffin tins.  Grease your muffin tins with olive oil, line it with phyllo, add the filling and cheese on top and bake to make mini “kotopitakia”.

You do not necessarily have to make them round but you can also make them rectangular or square.

Turkey galette rectangular


The previous video, where  I made Spanakopita, was in English but it wasn’t fair for the readers of my Greek blog, so this time I preferred not to speak but to add subtitles in both languages.

Kotopita (Chicken Galette, Recipe by Ivy

Horiatiko Phyllo

Preparation time: 30 minutes


  •  500 grams (1.10 lbs) bread or all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup olive oil (you can add less olive oil and substitute with Greek yoghurt)
  • ½ cup tepid water plus 2 tbsp
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup halloumi or graviera cheese (optional)
  • Extra flour to dust the working surface

Kotopita filling:

Preparation time: 30  minutes

Baking time:  about 45 minutes

Makes:  6 – 8  depending on size

  • 250 grams (8.80 oz) grated graviera or halloumi (divided).  Some in phyllo, some in bechamel sauce and the remaining on top
  • Sesame seeds


  • 500 grams (1.10 lbs) chicken breasts, boiled, bones and skin removed and cut into small pieces (or leftover chicken or turkey)
  • 1 cup frozen corn, boiled for 5 minutes
  • 1 cup bell peppers (yellow, red, orange, green), julienned (or cooked peas)
  • ¼ cup, finely chopped parsley
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp spice mixture
  • 1/2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika

Bechamel sauce:

  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup graviera or halloumi

Potato and pumpkin puree

This is optional.  I had some leftover Potato and pumpkin puree but you can add more filling and only some grated cheese one top.

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Prepare the dough.
  2. Sift the flour and mix in the salt.  Put the flour in a large bowl and pour in the oil. Using your fingertips rub the oil until the flour has absorbed the oil.   Add the egg and mix.  Finally add the water gradually (more or less water may be necessary). Mix until the dough is soft but not sticky on your hands. Place on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes.
  3. You can also make the dough in your stand mixer. Attach the dough paddle. Put all the ingredients, except water, in the mixer bowl and mix on low speed.  Gradually add water until the dough is ready and does not stick on the walls of the bowl.  Test with your fingers to see if it is sticky.  If it is, add more flour.  Set aside to rest.
  4. Boil chicken for 30 minutes and when it cools, cut into small pieces.
  5. To make the Bechamel sauce, heat the milk and set aside.
  6. Beat the egg, mixing with a fork and set aside.
  7. In a saucepan heat the olive oil and add the flour and mix thoroughly to make a roux.  Add salt and nutmeg.
  8. Add the warm milk, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick and creamy.  Remove from the heat.
  9. Gradually add the beaten egg, a little at a time slowly, but stirring constantly until it is incorporated.  Mix in the cheese.
  10. Add the chicken, the parsley, the corn and bell peppers.  Add salt, pepper, paprika and seasoning and mix.
  11. Knead the dough for a few minutes and divide it into 6 – 8 pieces.  Form them into a ball, dusting each piec with flour.
  12. Flatten the disc and using a dowel rod roll out the dough.  Flour your working surface and the dough regularly, each time rotating it and sometimes turning it over.
  13. Place a 20 cm / 8 inch diametre plate on top and cut a round circle.  Add 2 heaped spoonfuls of chicken filling in the centre.  Then add the puree and finally some grated cheese to cover the filling.
  14. Fold the outer parts of the galette into the centre, forming a round galette.
  15. Line a large baking tin with parchment paper and place the galettes.
  16. Beat the egg with a fork and mix in the milk.  Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top. (Instead of egg-wash you can brush the phyllo with olive oil).
  17. Bake in a preheated oven to 180o C / 350o F until golden, for about 45 minutes.
  18. Remove from the oven and set aside for 10-15 minutes to cool before serving.

Update:  28th December, 2o16

Turkey Galette with Christmas leftovers.

Kotopita (chicken galette) is an all times favourite with our family.   This year I made it with leftover turkey.

The phyllo was different as I used village type bread flour in which apart from the other ingredients, I added Greek yoghurt and mustard when making the dough.  For 800 grams of flour I added 100 grams Greek yoghurt, 1 tsp mild mustard, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tsp salt and enough water (not tepid) to make the dough.

In the filling I did not add bell peppers nor parsley but added corn and peas, which I cooked for five minutes  The spices I used were:  carino (chicken seasoning) thyme, oregano and sweet paprika and of course salt.

The filling was topped with grated graviera and halloumi.

I also did not add an egg wash on top but brushed the phyllo with olive oil.

If you have leftovers during New Year, try them as the taste was amazing!

The original recipe above was updated in red and new photos were added.


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Turkey gallette with leftovers turkey


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Rustic Whole Wheat Galette with Sausage

Apple Meringue Galette

Beef or Pork Galette?

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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14 Responses

  1. Lovely pies and great video!

    Happy Monday.



  2. Those mini chicken galette with piled cheese look so irresistible. Thanks for the video too.

  3. Yumm, super delicious pies,wonderful video,thanks for sharing Ivy.

  4. Ivy

    These videos are so precious (both of them) and once I get decent internet service (in Lebanon it is a challenge!) I will be dowloading them frequently! I wish you and your family wonderful holidays!

  5. Yummy pies, they look fab!

  6. j’aime beaucoup la vidéo, c’est très appétissant
    bonne journée

  7. Anna

    Great idea with the video. A lot easier for the readers!! Besides of all this, all are looking great. Now I can virtually smell the coming holidays:)

  8. Wow!These pies look fantastic,Ivy!I am loving your videos!

  9. This looks amazing, especially the potato pumpkin filling!

  10. Cela fait un moment que je ne suis pas venue chez toi et je constate que j’ai raté beaucoup de gourmandises.
    Très belle recette.
    A très bientôt

  11. These look absolutely delicious Ivy! And I love your video! Thanks for making it!

  12. Beautiful Galattes with such a tasty filling! Good job on the video!

  13. OMG! This looks so delicious. I totally need to visit Greece and Cyprus, but I fear for my weight 🙂

  14. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe! I will give it a try and hope I will manage to make it tasty…I love these types of starters