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Healthy chicken, pumpkin and spinach pesto pie

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  • Egg free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Healthier living
  • Diabetes friendly
  • No added sugar
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in protein
  • 2 serves veg or fruit

This veggie-packed take on a classic pie is full of flavour and wholesome goodness. It’s perfect for family dinners and picnics.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time50 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes
Healthy chicken, pumpkin and spinach pesto pie


  • 60g baby spinach
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup (40g) almond kernels
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 6 Coles RSPCA Approved Chicken Thigh Fillets, trimmed, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 salt-reduced chicken stock cube
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 leek, pale section only, thinly sliced
  • 500g butternut pumpkin, chopped
  • 2 tbs light sour cream
  • 8 sheets filo pastry

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 2281kJ/546 Cals (26%), Protein: 50g (100%), Fat: 24g (34%), Sat Fat: 6g (25%), Sodium: 350mg (18%), Carb: 30g (10%), Sugar: 10g (11%), Dietary Fibre: 7g (23%).

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Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200ºC. Place spinach, basil, almond, garlic and 1/4 cup (60ml) water in a food processor and process until well combined and almost smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Heat a large deep non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add half the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until golden brown. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Repeat with the remaining chicken.

  3. Step 3

    Combine the stock cube, cornflour and 1 cup (250ml) water in a small jug. Heat the oil in the pan. Add the leek and cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until the leek softens. Add the pumpkin and cook, stirring, for 2-3 mins or until tender. Return the chicken to the pan. Add the combined stock cube, cornflour and water and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until sauce boils and thickens. Set aside to cool slightly.

  4. Step 4

    Add the sour cream and half the pesto mixture to the chicken mixture in the pan. Stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to an 8-cup (2L) pie dish.

  5. Step 5

    Scrunch filo pastry and place over the chicken mixture. Bake the pie for 25-30 mins or until the pastry is golden.

  6. Step 6

    Serve pie with remaining pesto.