Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

Enjoy a snack on the go with Donna Hay's scrumptious chicken hand pies!


  • 1 x 200g chicken breast fillet

  • 250g pumpkin, peeled, seeds scooped out, chopped into 1cm pieces

  • 2 cups (170g) small broccoli florets (about 1 head broccoli)

  • 2 cups (200g) small cauliflower florets (about ½ head cauliflower)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

  • 1 cup (240g) fresh firm ricotta

  • ½ cup (40g) finely grated parmesan

  • 8 x 20cm flour tortillas (try wholemeal or wholegrain)

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

  • 2.

    Place the pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower and chicken on one of the trays. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the salt. Roast for 25 minutes or until golden brown. You may need to keep the chicken in for longer. Ensure it's cooked through.

  • 3.

    Wearing oven gloves, carefully remove the vegetables from the oven and allow to cool on the tray.

  • 4.

    Finely chop the chicken and transfer to a big bowl. Add the cooled veggies, the ricotta and parmesan and combine with a spatula. Reline the baking tray, ready for step 5. 

  • 5.

    Arrange the tortillas on a clean benchtop. Spoon ½ cup (125ml) of the filling onto one half of each tortilla, leaving a 1.5cm border. Using a pastry brush, brush the borders with a little of the egg and fold the tortillas over to enclose, pinching the edges to seal.

  • 6.

    Place the pies on the trays and brush with the egg (this makes them golden and glossy when baked, plus sticky enough for the seeds). Sprinkle with the seeds and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. With your oven gloves on, remove the pies from the oven and cool on the trays a little, before serving.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 336kj
  • Fat Total 16g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Protein 18g
  • Carbohydrate 30g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Sodium 617mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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