Elevate the classic butter chicken with this golden and delicious curried chicken pie
Serves 8
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Merging two distinctive cuisines is this curried chicken pie, a fusion of orange sweet potato with tender chicken thigh encased in filo pastry. You’ll be greeted with a buttery and savoury flavours, plus a touch of sweetness upon digging into this light, flaky and golden treat.


  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 750 g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 1.5 cm pieces
  • 1 large (500 g) kumara (orange sweet potato), chopped finely
  • ¾ cup (225 g) butter chicken simmer sauce
  • ½ cup (125 ml) cream
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 15 sheets filo pastry
  • 100 g butter, melted

Preheat the oven to moderately hot (200 C fan-forced). Grease a 24 cm springform pan.


Heat half the oil in a large saucepan, cook the chicken, in batches, until browned. Heat remaining oil in same pan, cook kumara, uncovered, until browned. Return chicken to pan.


Add simmer sauce and cream to chicken mixture. Bring to the boil; reduce heat simmer, partially covered, for 15 mins or until sauce thickens and chicken and kumara are cooked. Stir in coriander and salt and pepper to taste. Cool.


Meanwhile, layer 3 sheets of pastry, brushing each with some of the butter. Fold in half lengthways, place across the base and up the side of the prepared pan with edges overhanging. Repeat with another 9 sheets, overlapping strips clockwise around pan until covered.


Spoon chicken mixture into pan, trim pastry to be level with top edge of pan. Layer remaining 3 pastry sheets, brushing with butter. Fold in half crossways. Place pastry on top of pie, trim pastry to a round a little larger than the pan. Tuck pastry edge down sides of pan, brush top with butter. Place pie on an oven tray.


Bake for about 45 mins or until boiled. Stand 15 mins before cutting.

Not suitable to freeze. Butter suitable to microwave.

Photo: bauersyndication.com.au

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