Chicken hunza pie

The pie that was named after these people, the Hunza pie, is composed of spinach, ricotta and fetta cheeses, and green onions.

  • 1 hr 35 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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This green leaf and cheese pie was put on the food map by happy and healthy hippies during the '60s and '70s. Any leftovers can be reheated very well.
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  • 1½ cups (225g) plain flour
  • 1 cup (160g) wholemeal plain flour
  • 150 grams cold butter, chopped coarsely
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1.5 litres (6 cups) water, extra
  • 200 free-range chicken breast fillet
  • 300 spinach, trimmed, chopped coarsely
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 250 grams packaged brown microwave rice
  • 200 grams fetta, crumbled
  • 2 cups (480g) ricotta
  • 3 green onions, chopped finely
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  • 1
    Process flours and butter until crumbly. Whisk together 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon of the oil and the water in a small jug until combined. Add to flour mixture; process until mixture almost forms a dough. Knead pastry on a floured surface until smooth.
  • 2
    Roll dough between sheets of floured baking paper into a 1cm (½-inch) thick, 32cm round, large enough to line a 24cm (9½-inch) springform pan. Lift pastry into pan; press over base and three-quarters of the way up the side. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • 4
    Bring the extra water to the boil in a large saucepan. Add chicken; return to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, partially covered, for 12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken; cool 10 minutes then shred coarsely.
  • 5
    Return water to the boil; cook spinach for 1 minute or until wilted. Drain, rinse under cold water; drain. Squeeze out excess water.
  • 6
    Lightly beat remaining eggs in a large bowl. Add spinach, chicken, garlic, rice, fetta, ricotta, green onion and parsley; stir to combine. Fill pastry case with chicken filling.
  • 7
    Bake pie for 50 minutes or until pie is cooked through and pastry is golden.


Serve with a green leaf salad and lemon wedges.

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