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Cardamom and Coffee Chicken Matzoh Mina with Carrot Salad

This cardamom coffee flavored ground chicken is cooked with onion and garlic and stuffed into a matzoh pie shell. Topped with a carrot salad this is a new way to do dinner!
This cardamom coffee flavored ground chicken is cooked with onion and garlic and stuffed into a matzoh pie shell. Topped with a carrot salad this is a new way to do dinner! #matzoh #passoverrecipes #pie #cardamom
It’s Jewish recipe time in case you haven’t figured it out! Passover is upon us and I’ve taken it upon myself to try out a few new things. This year we find ourselves at good friends and though I miss the cooking and the setting of the table I do appreciate that I’ll have more time with Zoe. We will soon be on our way to a wedding in Texas which she will meet us at, and then she will fly back here for a week. Can’t wait to spend some time with my baby.

In the meantime I made this fun matzoh pie for dinner from the Zahav cookbook that Zoe gave to me. One might credit Zahav with starting this whole Israeli cooking craze. It began in Philly and we were lucky to eat there in 2012. Little did we know that our Rabbi’s son is one of the owners. It’s a small world.

This cardamom coffee flavored ground chicken is cooked with onion and garlic and stuffed into a matzoh pie shell. Topped with a carrot salad this is a new way to do dinner! #matzoh #passoverrecipes #pie #cardamom

So what is a mina? You might have guessed from the photo that it is a pie. A Spanish pie which means it also has Sephardic roots. Matzoh is briefly soaked and then baked in a cast iron skillet so it becomes a bit more like pastry instead of a crisp cracker. Any filling can be put inside but I was very happy with this delectable chicken mixture that ordinarily is made with beef. This cardamom coffee chicken cooked with lots of garlic and onion would also be a superb filling in pita or a tortilla or even on a bun. For that matter I would also love it on top of rice. So many great ideas for this ground chicken!

The mina is topped with a fresh carrot salad which if one wants to make things easy…one could pick up a carrot salad in the deli and then just doctor it up. I also added a touch of sriracha to the top of his mina and also in the filling but horseradish is a bit more traditional. Either way some heat does this good. Pick up some matzoh and you too can enjoy this new take on pie!

This cardamom coffee flavored ground chicken is cooked with onion and garlic and stuffed into a matzoh pie shell. Topped with a carrot salad this is a new way to do dinner! #matzoh #passoverrecipes #pie #cardamom
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This cardamom coffee flavored ground chicken is cooked with onion and garlic and stuffed into a matzoh pie shell. Topped with a carrot salad this is a new way to do dinner! #matzoh #passoverrecipes #pie #cardamom

Yield: 4-6 ServingsAuthor: Abbe OdenwalderPrint Recipe

Cardamom and Coffee Chicken Mina

This savory matzoh pie has an outstanding filling made with ground chicken, lots of garlic and onions,cardamom and coffee. Sounds exotic, right? And topped with a delicious carrot salad!
prep time: 30 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 70 mins


Carrot Salad

  • 4 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts
  • 1 c chopped cilantro
  • 2 T horseradish or 1 1/2 t Sriracha or to taste
  • 2 T raisins
  • 1 T white vinegar
  • Coarse salt to taste
Mina Pie

  • 1 T canola oil plus more for brushing
  • 1 lb ground beef or chicken
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 t coarse salt
  • 1 t finely ground coffee (I use ground espresso in a jar)
  • 1/2 t ground cardamom
  • 4-6 sheets of matzoh
  • 1 egg, beaten


Carrot Salad

  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Toss to combine. Set aside.
Chicken Mina

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Brush bottom of a 10″ skillet with oil.
  2. Heat 1-2 T of oil in another large skillet over medium high heat. (Chicken is lean so I recommend the extra oil.) Add your choice of meat and cook until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add the onion. garlic and salt and cook until the onions have softened, but not browned, 5-8 minutes more. 
  4. Add the coffee and cardamom and stir to combine.
  5. Run the matzoh under warm water until a bit pliable, about 1 minute. You don’t want it falling apart. Line the bottom of the oiled cast iron skillet with the matzoh, breaking up the pieces to fit as needed to completely cover the bottom and sides of the skillet. Press edges together as necessary.
  6. Spoon the meat mixture in and top with more matzoh, pressing at the edges to seal. Brush with beaten egg and bake until the mina is golden brown and crisp, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
  7. You may cut into slices or invert onto a serving platter. Serve with carrot salad.


This filling would also work well in a pie crust.
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  • Reply
    Angie Schneider
    March 26, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    What a great savoury pie! Looks so delicious and healthy with chicken filling and carrot salad topping!

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    HWC Magazine
    March 26, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    This is the first time I have heard of this recipe. Love the flavors and the delicious fresh carrot salad as a topping.

  • Reply
    Kitchen Riffs
    March 26, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Mmm, this looks excellent! And a recipe that's new to me — how fun. 🙂 Love cardamom, and I'll bet its flavor is wonderful in this. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Gloria Baker
    March 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Looks so good!!

  • Reply
    Liz Berg
    March 27, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I've never heard of this either, but it sounds yummy—especially topped with that carrot salad! Looks like comfort food to me!!

  • Reply
    Holly @
    March 27, 2018 at 1:47 am

    Great flavors, Abbe! Have a good time at the wedding and back here as well with Zoe. Enjoy the time together!

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      March 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      They really were Holly! So far everything has been great!

  • Reply
    Judee Algazi
    March 27, 2018 at 3:32 am

    This sounds very exotic with the cardamom and the coffee.. Happy Passover

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      March 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Loved the combo of these two flavors! Happy Passover to you too!

  • Reply
    Tricia Buice
    March 27, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Have a wonderful trip Abbe – and a great time with Zoe. This is a lovely recipe and it sounds delicious. I love the carrot salad and horseradish is a favorite of mine. Happy Passover Abbe!

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      March 28, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      I make horseradish almost every year, but it doesn't keep long-at least the strength doesn't. But so good fresh! And it clears the sinuses!

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    March 27, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I've never heard of it either but it sounds like a delicious and comforting recipe with all those delightful flavors, Abbe. Have a great time with your baby 🙂

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      March 28, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      You are a sweetheart! Never have I had this as a child either but it is always fun to try something new!

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    Sippity Sup
    March 28, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    This "pie" made regular appearances at my partner's Sephardic family table. I should give it a whirl. I know Ken would appreciate the nod to his youth. GREFG

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      March 28, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      You should.The original recipe called for beef. How fun to have real Sephardic recipes. They are so different than Ashkenazic recipes! The chicken mixture would also make great tacos!

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