Algerian recipe: Chicken and Preserved Lemon Bourek



  • 36 spring roll wrappers (I use the large square ones in a green pack)
  • 5 cups ground chicken
  • 3 large brown onions, finely chopped
  • 13 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 14 preserved lemon, skin only
  • 12 teaspoon ras el hanout spice mix
  • 14 teaspoon schwartz Season-All salt
  • 3 -4 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Flour Paste
  • 6 tablespoons plain flour
  • 12 cup water


  1. In a medium sized casserole, heat the olive oil & gently fry the onion until pale golden. Add the chicken & fry for 15-20 minutes on a medium heat.
  2. Add your ras el hanout & the Season All, mix well & cook for a few minutes.
  3. Wash the preserved lemon really well (make sure to discard the flesh), then chop it very finely & add to the casserole. Cook for a few more minutes.
  4. Remove the casserole from the heat, add the coriander (cilantro) & allow to cool. Mix in the chopped eggs & re-season if required.
  5. Once the filling is cooled completely, you are ready to assemble the bourek.
  6. Make your flour paste by putting the flour in a bowl & gradually adding the water until you have a very runny paste – a bit like crepe batter.
  7. Lay 1 spring roll sheet on your work surface & place 2 generous teaspoonfulls of the filling onto the sheet. You need to place it in a line approx 1″ up from the bottom of the sheet & the line of filling should have a fraction over 1″ of spring roll sheet visable on both the left & right side.
  8. Next bring the left side of the sheet over the filling – it will overlap the filling by about an inch. Do the same with the right side.
  9. Take the bottom of the sheet in both hands & pull it up so that it covers the line of filling.
  10. With a pastry brush or the back of a teaspoon, brush a small amount of the flour paste along the edges of the sheet.
  11. Now start to roll the bourek, be careful to keep it tight & even. When you have rolled it up securely, you can brush a tiny amount of the paste along the seam so that the bourek stays closed whilst it is being fried.
  12. Repeat these steps with the remaining 35 spring roll sheets.
  13. Now you can either freeze the bourek or fry them in hot oil (I like to deep fry at approx 165-170c) in batches, until a deep golden colour & very crispy!.HEALTHY APPETITE.


N.Houda Chabane



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