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Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Chicken with green and black olives

Ramadan offers a whole new challenge to cooking Egyptian food. The breaking of the fast, Iftar, is the main menu of the day and consists of an array of dishes. Traditionally the meal starts with juice, to prepare the stomach for the feast that is to come, and a savoury soup. Appetisers are up next, followed by a main course and a sweet dessert completes the meal. Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus with a complete recipe for one of the dishes. Happy Ramadan!


  • Drink:                  Kharoub with karkadeh
  • Salad:                  Coleslaw
  • Main Course:       Green wheat in the oven – Chicken with green and black olives   
  • Dessert :               Filo pastry with nuts


  • ½ kg chicken fillet – so-door fi-rakh
  • 2 tbsp garlic, crushed – toom
  • 5 tbsp corn oil – zeit dor-a
  • ¼ cup green olives, pitted – zei-toon akh-dar
  • ¼ cup black olives, pitted – zei-toon is-wid
  • Cheddar cheese slices – gib-na tsi-dar


  • Wash the chicken fillet well and let it dry.
  • Chop the green and the black olives in the food processor until it turns into a paste.
  • Arrange the chicken filets on a clean surface. Cover the filet with a layer of crushed garlic. Add a layer of olive paste and add a slice of Cheddar cheese on top.
  • Roll up the filets lengthwise and secure the ends with a toothpick.
  • Pour the oil in a non-stick skillet and heat on high heat. Fry the chicken filet rolls quickly until all sides are golden.
  • Heat oven to 175C. Place the chicken filet rolls in a non-stick baking dish and leave to bake for 15 minutes or until cooked well.
  • Place the rolls on a serving dish and serve immediately.


There is no need to add any salt to this dish, the olives and cheddar cheese are providing enough salt to ensure a savoury dish.

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