Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fast and Easy Chicken Pies (Donna Hay)

I always remember my son's first day at school at the beginning of this year. My little boy was carrying a big bag, waddling his way into the classroom. Funny that I was actually more nervous than him... I was wondering if he can cope in classes, new friends and schedules. Worrying too if he likes his packed lunch. What can I say??? I'm a typical mum.

Since the beginning of school, we are having lesser time cooking and baking together... Now, I'm a sad mum - frown! Despite that, my boy and I are still brainstorming and searching for recipes together and this is one of the best recipes that we like.

My 5 year old is totally amazed that he can bake these classic chicken pies! I'm proud of him for doing such a great job too. All thanks to this brilliant Donna Hay recipe from the show and book, Fast, Fresh, Simple!

Like the name of Donna Hay's show, this chicken pie recipe is indeed fast, fresh and simple to bake. And of course, in order to bake them fast enough, we need to take short cuts! And, the two obvious short-cut ingredients are shredded roasted chicken and store-bought puff pastry. All we need to do is to assemble all with herbs and seasonings... Voilà! Here, we have our classic chicken pies! Amazingly, they look very professional made! - LOL!

Comparing to the country chicken and mushroom pies that I baked recently, these pies are so much easier to bake. For the benefits of all busy mums and wanna-to-bake kids, I like to showcase this superb recipe and bake-along these chicken pies once again with Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen wings.

fast easy chicken pie Donna Hay
My son's yummy lunch - Donna Hay's Chicken Pies
I always use the 25% reduced fat puff pastry and it works as good as the full-fat ones.
This is how we transform plain boring chicken to something...
... creamy and yummy!
We are making our lunch interesting with these shapes :)
This is how my son make these pies. Easy peasy, isn't it?
Apply egg wash and bake...
Freshly baked chicken pies - our tomorrow-lunch is ready!

Here's the recipe from LifeStyle Food by Donna Hay
(with my modification and notes in blue)

2 cups (320g) coarsely chopped cooked chicken
3/4 cup (180g) sour cream
(I used 200g fat reduced sour cream with 18% fat)
2 tbsp chopped basil leaves
(about 10g)
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
2 tsp Dijon mustard
sea salt and cracked black pepper
4 x 200g sheets store-bought butter puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 180°C or 160°C fan forced (350°F).

Combine the chicken, sour cream, basil, lemon rind, mustard, salt and pepper.

Cut 2 x 15cm x 10cm rectangles from the pastry and place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper - Instead of measuring, we cut each pastry sheets into 4 squares.

Spoon the filling into the centre of the (2 square) pastry.

Brush just inside the edge of the pastry with the egg.

Cut 2 x 18cm x 12cm rectangles from the remaining pastry, cut a shape in the middle of each piece and place over the filling. Gently press the edges together to seal.- We used a fork to press to seal.

Brush the tops of the pies with the beaten egg. Bake the pies for 25–30 mins or until pastry is puffed and golden.

Note: Using the full amount of this recipe, we have baked 8 chicken pies at 160°C fan forced for 30 mins.

Happy Baking
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  1. Haha, I saw my boy's name - Kenzie..
    I like to bake instant pies too.. Here, I'm using "Kawan" brand puff pastries.. I just put mini sausages, cheese or sardines inside.. Kautim!

  2. What a lucky boy! I love Donna Hay recipes and this is no exception - yours look so scrumptious!

  3. I still have some puff pastry rest in the freezer. I should quickly made something with them. Between, I like your shape moulds :)

  4. Zoe, this is so mouth watering! If your 5 year old can bake pies, I should too, right? hee..hee...

  5. Fantastic looking pies! Your boy is so clever. :)

    I also miss baking with my kids a lot, my boy has school holidays this week, today we made bread :)

  6. Hi there, I came across your blog as I searched for a recipe for custard buns! These pies look perfect for my daughter's school lunch as well but I was wondering, do you keep them warm for your son or just leave them cold? Thank you for sharing x

    1. Hi Fiona,

      Keeping the pies warm in lunch boxes will increase the risk of food contamination. For food safety purposes, I always packed my son's school lunch with cold pack in an insulated bag so that the food will not go off in room temperature. My son told me that these pies are alright to be consumed in room temperature or slightly chilled.


  7. awww... i nearly teared when i saw how you were sad now that you have lesser kitchen time with the little boy.... i guess this is the motherly love i will never experience... you are such a great mum you know? guess what? i volunteer to be your "god" daughter when he is at school... then we can share ideas, and i can eat :D

  8. These look soo lovely and oh wow, that's amazing that you're cooking this with your son at such a young age! Congrats on him on his first day of the year and being less nervous than mom? Hahah! Kids are amazing though, I still have no idea how I processed it all when I was younger but hey, I turned out pretty good! And with such a supportive parent like you I'm sure he's going to be a very happy and healthy child!

  9. What a lovely post, Zoe. I love hearing about kids in the kitchen. Are they not the home chefs of the future:) Your son should be so proud of himself for creating such goodness. I'm so glad you took a couple of short cuts. It is better not to overwhelm kids in the kitchen. One day, I bet, he will request making his own ingredients:)

    A wonderful lunch, one I'm sure he can boast about one day:) Thank you so much for sharing with us Zoe...

  10. That's wonderful that your son enjoys baking with you so much - these pies turned out beautifully! The moulds are so cute and perfect for packing into school lunches :)

  11. Hi Zoe, I truly believe that your son will become a good cook in the future! I love this chicken pies. I had tried the homebrand puff pastry b4 & since then, I have changed to Pampas, I guess you know why, haha. So cold these days!

  12. I love chicken pie and love how you used cookie cutters for kids pie!! Cute!

  13. Hi Zoe,
    This is the kinda of lunch that would bring smiles to my kids too! And me included! Chicken pies are just so good! I think I could finish a few in one sitting myself, this looks really yummy!

  14. Wow, this really looks so easy...and the most important thing is you can have fun with your son...

  15. Looks like your son shares your passion in cooking and baking. Think of signing him up for the next Junior Masterchef? Your pies look yummy.

  16. Yummy 。。。
    I miss those baking days with my daughter too. She is now 14, and hardly have the time to be with me in the kitchen.

  17. Great recipe! Easy and definitely very delicious!

  18. You are tempting me with your wonderful chicken pies...can't stand it anymore. I want to be your elder sister :)

  19. Zoe, these chicken pies are really fast & easy.

  20. hi zoe, even tho it's simple, the filling sounds tasty to me with sour cream and mustard. Your boy must be very proud of himself too making these pretty delicious pies and i'm sure his friends envy him too for all these self and homemade pies!

  21. Hi Zoe
    Nice meeting you...delicious blog of yours...not only kids all will be happy with such yummy pies....following you and thanks a lot for the follow!

  22. These pies are so adorable and wonderful! And the pictures are gorgeous as usual :)

  23. it looks so delicious and its a nice way of incorporating innovative ideas to make the kids have it :)

  24. It's really fantastic to involve kids in the kitchen.