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Chicken & Onion Pie

A delicious pie that can also be steamed as a pudding

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chicken & onion pie

can also be steamed as a pudding
4 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: English
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Freezes Well
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 47p
Calories: 718.61kcal
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  • 200 g chicken (approximately 1/4 of the meat from a 1.25kg chicken)
  • 320 g onions chopped
  • 50 g flour
  • 2 ladelfulls stock from poaching the chicken
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • salt and pepper


  • 300 g flour
  • 75 g oil
  • pinch salt

To Serve

  • 320 g carrots
  • 800 g potatoes


  • Combine the flour and a little stock in a mug and blend to a smooth paste. Cook the onions in a little stock until softened, then add your flour paste, seasonings and the chicken (chopped finely), stir the sauce until the chicken falls apart into the liquid in tender shreds.
  • You are aiming for a thickish sauce the consistency of natural yoghurt, so add your stock until it forms this consistency.
  • Meanwhile, make the pastry. Put flour, oil and salt in a mixing bowl and mix with enough cold water to bring the pastry dough away from the sides of the mixing bowl (roughly 90 ml). Use a spoon to mix, to not attempt to rub together
  • Stretch 2/3rds round the base and sides of your pyrex flat-bottomed dish pressing out with your finger tips, trying not to let any areas go thinner than half a centimeter.
    Or use a pie dish. Or if you are going to make a steamed pudding, use a pudding basin
  • Place your chicken and onion mix inside, stretch the remaining third over the top, sealing the lid to the edges with a wet finger. If you have too much filling, great, keep it to make a gravy to serve with the pie.
  • Bake at gas mark 4 for approx 30-35 min until gently golden. Or steam in a slow cooker for 3-4 hours.
  • Click here to start a 30 minute timer
  • If you make more than one pie, cool the pie thoroughly and then freeze covered for up to two months.

To Serve

  • Serve with 80g carrots and 200g potato per person. Cook the potatoes however you like them, mashed, jkt, chips etc


The salt value excludes any you have added yourself, as each family's tastes will differ
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Nutrition Facts
chicken & onion pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 718.61 Calories from Fat 214
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.75g37%
Saturated Fat 2.67g17%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 111.27mg5%
Potassium 1337.78mg38%
Carbohydrates 107.11g36%
Fiber 10.96g46%
Sugar 7.44g8%
Protein 20.37g41%
Vitamin A 13398.4IU268%
Vitamin C 34.06mg41%
Calcium 118.69mg12%
Iron 11.16mg62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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