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Chicken pie with cheesy mash topping

chicken pie, cheesy, mash topping


Source: Adapted and modified from Annabel Karmel Family Cookbook (summer edition)

Serves: 4-5

Makes: 5 ramekins/ 2 pint oven proof dish

Ingredients (original):white wine vinegar, Food-4Tots
3 chicken breasts (12oz total weight)
2 carrots (8oz), roughly chopped
½ leek, roughly chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped

Seasonings (original):
1oz/ ¼ stick butter
1oz/ 2 tbsp plain flour
2 tsp lemon juice
1½ tbsp white wine vinegar
10fl oz/ 1¼cups full fat milk
5fl oz/ ½cup chicken stock
1 tbsp parsley, chopped
2oz Cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and freshly group black pepper

For the topping (original):
1lb 7oz potatoes, peeled and chopped into large
3 tbsp milk

Ingredients (modified):
3 chicken breasts (390g total weight)
1 carrot (130g), roughly chopped
1 celery (60g), roughly chopped
½ white onion (70g), finely chopped

Seasonings (modified):
30g butter
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tsp lemon juice
1½ tbsp white wine vinegar
1¼ cup milk
½ cup chicken stock
1 tbsp parsley, chopped (I used dried parsley)
55-60g Cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and fresh ground black pepper

For the topping (modified):
3 Russet potatoes (570g total weight), peeled and chopped into large pieces
3 tbsp milk


  1. Poach the chicken with either one of the following methods:
    -> Preheat the oven to 180°C. Put the chicken into an oven-proof dish, season and cover with boiling water. Cover the dish with foil and poach the chicken in the oven for 25 minutes or until just cooked. (original)
    -> Wash, rinse and pat dry the chicken. In a medium pot, add the chicken and fill with water or broth 1 inch above the chicken. Add 1 teaspoon of kosher or sea salt to the water. Bring the pot to a boil and immediately turn the heat to low. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and cover. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Save the poaching liquid for cooking later.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook for about 7-10 minutes until just softened.
  3. Add the vinegar and cook until it has evaporated, then add the flour and cook for a further minute.
  4. Add the lemon juice, then gradually add the milk and stock, stirring all the time until the sauce is thick and simmering.
  5. Add ½ of the cheese and the parsley, then season well.
  6. Chop the poached chicken into small cubes and stir into the mixture, then pour it all into a 2-pint oven-proof dish or divide the portions between 4-5 ramekins.
  7. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and mash with the milk, then spoon over the top of the chicken mixture and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 30 minutes until golden brown on the top and hot in the middle.

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  1. noobcook says:

    I love baked cheese! I recently made some chicken pot pie which is similar but instead of cheese, I use puff pastry to bake the top. Yours look really yum 🙂

  2. mycookinghut says:

    I love the composition of the first photo.. looks so homey…
    This chicken pie looks really yum, especially the topping of cheese.. 😉

  3. Joanne says:

    This looks like a delicious version of a shepherd’s pie. There’s no harm in indulging every once in a while!

  4. MaryMoh says:

    Looks delicious. Love the golden topping.

  5. Anh says:

    Love this set of photos! And I will be making this recipe! yum!

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  7. Alice says:

    Can I give this dish 2 “thumbs up”? 😀 Chicken pie is my family all time favourite too! I would give this recipe a try and surprise them! 😀 Gorgeous pie!

  8. tigerfish says:

    Milk and cheese are good sources of calcium 🙂 …does it make sound more wholesome? What I like about this chicken pie is that because of the mash topping you used (instead of puff pastry), makes it so much convenient to eat.

    • food-4tots says:

      Tigerfish: I agree with you provided we don’t overeat. Besides its conveniency, the cheesy mash topping makes this dish more wholesome too. 😉

  9. LK, WOW is all I can say. Where did you get that baking tin? It makes the dish look even more authentic. 🙂

  10. lingzie says:

    yummy!! i also want to know where you got that baking tin! its gorgeous!
    i made chicken pie some weeks ago, and used mustard in the seasoning, and also puff pastry for the top. it was nice but i wasnt too satisfied with the sauce which wasn’t thick enough in my opinion (maybe cos i didnt use cheese! lol)
    will try out your recipe soon!

  11. evelyn says:

    I had a nice chicken pie on the SQ flight back home from Adelaide. My husband thought it was cheese inside the fillings that made it so creamy. But I’m not too sure. Must try yours!

    • food-4tots says:

      Evelyn: I think your husband’s guess may be correct. Cheese can be used to thicken the sauce. Hope your family will love it as much as us. 😉

  12. Looks like a great home cooked meal. Nothing like good ol’ comfort food.

  13. This is a very comfort food, especially kids will like this.

  14. Cherine says:

    This looks soooo good!

  15. Little Inbox says:

    Although it is a high calories dish, but it is simply irresistible! Once a while, ok la.

  16. Ladyhomechef says:

    Nice chicken pie! Yumyum… Can’t really find time to cook nowadays… Sob sob… Wait for my assgmt over I will!

  17. The chicken pot is very tempting. It’s a kid-friendly dish. Oh, adults like it too. I’m drooling over the cheesy topping right now.

  18. Jason Wong says:

    I tried making chicken pie the Hainanese way. Not really successful. I like most was the buttery puff pastry. I added some mash potato into the stew to thicken into gravy.

    Next time can try using mash cauliflower to substitute the mash potato topping.

  19. Looks gorgeous! The picture is like a magazine.

  20. LCOM says:

    Oh delicious. I made something similar long time ago but now I find it too much work. 😛

  21. felicia says:

    reminds me of shepherd’s pie!
    all pies like these are awesome for cold days.
    can never go wrong with this!

  22. This is a dish, which in France, we call “hachis parmentier”. You generally use whatever leftover meat you have, you grind it and season it and hide it under mashed-potatoes. Children love it because it’s easy to eat. It’s a great way to use leftovers (beef, veal, duck, chicken, lamb, etc.)

  23. The chicken filling looks fantastic, and who could resist the cheesy topping! Looks like a great one dish meal.

  24. sweetlife says:

    great shots..just found your blog- it is ever so lovely, your dish looks yummy-my kids would devour this


  25. Dora says:

    I love chicken pies very much! Did u reserve a piece or 2 for me? ;p

  26. Looks amazing! I just love chicken pie. And I love love that I’ll get to use my white wine vinegar! I am trying this for SURE! After my crazy travelling schedule the next few weeks… Thanks for this!

  27. The topping is to die for!

  28. Alivia says:

    Hi, your recipes look appetizing. I would like to enquire, whether you have any recipes for secondary students to carry out?


  29. Alivia says:

    You are welcome 🙂 , I’ve recently found out that secondary students nowadays seem to have ‘no time'(especially those with working parents) to cook their own lunch, thus always bingeing in fast food, etc. It would be of great help if you could reccomend some easy but appealing food recipes for them to carry out, thus leading to a much better and healthier diet instead of their normal ‘carl junior’s on monday and mc’d on tuesday’ and so on. I’m very sorry if I’m making such a big fuss, resulting in making your life frustrating. Thank you for your offer though , (to send you an email). 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Alivia: Sorry for the late reply as I can’t access to internet due to the toilet upgrading program which started on this Tue. You can find some simple recipes under the categories of rice, pasta and noodles. They can also try simple fried rice, simple fried noodles and homemade burger (meat/ salmon). But for these 3 recipes, I don’t have the recipes in my blog. If you want, you can write to me. Hope it helps.

  30. Alivia says:

    It is alright, the MUP ( main upgrading program )? Thank you for your email, I will try broadening my horizons on searching for recipes for teens. I really do thank you for your sincere help. 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Alivia: You are most welcome!! Yeah, some home improvement programmes by the Housing Development Board. My daily routine is haywired now during this period. Hahaha!

      Btw, I have come across some “Kids can cook” cookbooks in the bookstore. Maybe you can check them out at your local bookstores. Alternatively, try to search in Youtube. Feel free to contact me if you still have queries. 😉

  31. Alivia says:

    It will pass , don’t worry. You can make it through, most definitely. 🙂

    Aahh, cook books, i will do. Youtube would be easier and more ‘attention grabbing’ due to ‘video format’. That would be an excellent idea. Why, thank you very much . You are truly one of the most helpful bloggers around. 🙂

  32. Alivia says:

    You are welcome. 🙂 That site looks refreshing and nice. Thank you for taking the pain to search for it. I’m sure it would . Thanks again. 🙂

  33. Alivia says:

    *Laugh* You are definitely one fun person. Sad to say, I think I must erm… ‘go’ now. I might comment again on your site. For now please do help other people like me 😀 . Thank you. Till then,

    Regards: Alivia 😀

  34. Eden says:

    Trying this tonight! Thanks so much 🙂

  35. Kate says:

    Cheesy mash is one of my all-time favourite comfort foods and it works wonders to diguise a few vegetables in for my 2 year old. Yay for another recipe to add to my “kid-friendly collection”.

  36. Sana says:

    Hey I just tried it the other day. It was hit – as we couldnt find some ingredients in my part of the world i substituted and it still turned out great 😀 Next time Ill try topping it with a biscuit crust – Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Sana: Thanks for your kind feedback!! I’m so glad it suits your family’s palate. It’s such a great idea to top with biscuit crust to add some crunch to this pie. Thanks for sharing! 😉

  37. Mei Ling says:

    Hi, I am going to try this. May I know what type of milk to use?

  38. kathy dever says:

    going to try this. i make my chicken pot pie the same way, but use croissants for my top. just open tube and roll on top, makes the flakiest crust.

  39. Irene says:

    hi love this recipe! am making this for my 18 mth toddler. can I omit the white wine vinegar? btw since the recipe has lemon juice, wont it be too sour with the vinegar?
    sorry this is the first time am making pies so please pardon my ignorance. what is the use of the vinegar ah?

  40. May says:


    Looks so tempting. I am going to give it a try for sure! May i know can this dish be served as dinner on its own? Or there is other dish that can go with this? I have 3 adults and one toddler in my family. I am wondering is this enough to be served as a dish itself only.

  41. Jasmine says:

    Thanks for all your yummy, wonderful n easy to follow recipes!!! What can u use to replace white wine vinegar? Thanks

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