Uzbek Samsa Recipe

Fillo pastry sheet filled with a savory chicken and potato filling, shaped into triangles and baked until crispy. These mini pies are wonderful!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Russian
Keyword samsa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 145kcal
Author Valentina's Corner


Samsa Filling:

  • 1 ½ lbs. chicken thighs or breast
  • 2 potatoes, finely cubed
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp cold butter, grated
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp mayo
  • fresh herbs, optional


  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 package phyllo dough, 2 rolls


  • Preheat oven to 400°F at step 8. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Trim fat off chicken and cut into small cubes. Finely chop onion, mince garlic, and finely cube the potatoes. Grate 2 Tbsp cold butter. Finely chop fresh herbs if you like herbs.
  • In a bowl, combine the chicken, onions, garlic, herbs, and potatoes. Add the seasoning mixture and mayo, and shredded butter and mix.
  • Unwrap and unroll the phyllo dough and take 3 to 4 sheets. Place one sheet onto the working surface. Lightly brush with the melted butter, continue with all 4 sheets. 
    Using a pizza cutter, cut the sheets in half lengthwise, creating two equal parts.
  • Add a generous portion of the filling to the corner end of each rectangle, leaving room around the filling. 
    Fold over creating a triangle and press down to seal the edges so the filling doesn’t escape. Keep folding until you reach the end of the sheet, placing the edge of dough on the bottom of the triangle.
  • Continue with remaining ingredients. Brush tops of triangles with butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Place onto baking sheet and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 18 minutes coved, remove foil and bake an additional 10-12 minutes uncovered.
  • Enjoy, friends.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.5mg