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Savory Cherry Hand Pies with Chicken

Fresh tart cherries mingle with charred chicken and caramelized onions between layers of flaky pie crust making these delicious savory cherry hand pies with chicken a favorite!

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A Savory cherry chicken hand pie on a plate.

In order to keep my kitchen a bit more organized, I try to sell off or give away gadgets and gizmos I haven’t used in a year or so. Last year I bid adieu to 2 air fryers (seriously, who needs 3 of these), a canning kit, an ice cream maker, a slow cooker, an electric hood range (I was shocked someone actually bought this), and a cherry pitter!

My daughter wishes I had held onto that cherry pitter but, there are so many ways to pit a cherry.

There’s the chopstick method, the paper clip method, the paring knife method, and the garlic-squash method.

Overhead photo of Delicious Cherries from Sprouts and other ingredients to make handheld chicken cherry pies.

Personally, my favorite is the put-cherries-in-mouth-and-spit-out-pit method but that might not be the best option when using cherries to cook with, for family &/or friends.

Last week I bought a couple of bags of cherries from Sprouts. And, between snacking on handfuls of them, making this chili cherry sauce, and these taste bud tantalizing, savory cherry hand pies with chicken, our cherry supply is dangerously low!

Summer shopping at Sprouts for me means always bringing home a bag (or three) of sweet and juicy cherries!

From a unique variety of melons to the juiciest cherries, Sprouts is one my favorite places for fresh produce! This year’s cherries at Sprouts have unbelievable flavor and quality. Cherries are high in antioxidants and are said to help relieve inflammation.

Now getting back to these Savory Cherry Hand Pies with Chicken…

Sauteing Chicken With Cherries in a pan.

These pies started off with a filling made of onions, ginger and garlic. When the onions were on the verge of caramelizing, I added in some air-chilled chicken, coriander, smoked paprika and some juicy cherries.

By the way, in case you are wondering, I pitted these cherries by slicing them with a paring knife and pulling out the pit with the tip of the knife. So, nope, I did not use my favorite pitting method on these! 🙂

After all the ingredients for this filling were hanging out in the pan, I let them mingle for a bit. When the chicken pieces were starting to brown and the cherries starting to caramelize along with the onions, I took this cherry-chicken saute off the stove and set it aside.

Adding Chicken With Cherries Filling to pie crust

I gotta say, if pies are not your thing, this cherry-chicken saute is DEEELICIOUS on top of a salad or stuffed into lettuce leaves or all by itself.

A plate of Savory cherry hand pies with chicken along with fresh cherries scattered around.

But, I decided to toss this saute onto some mini pie crusts (cut from rolling out a couple of regular sized pie crusts from Sprouts), fold them over, and bake up some savory cherry hand pies with chicken! If you don’t have pie crusts but have some biscuit dough or puff pastry lying around, feel free to use those. Just roll them out with a rolling pin, cut out circles and fill them with this cherry-chicken saute, before baking them.

These hand pies are delicious drizzled with some of this chili cherry sauce.
Hoping you and your family enjoy these pies as much as my daughter and I did.

hand reaching for Tasty cherry hand pies with chicken and cherry chili sauce

If you are fortunate to have a Sprouts near you, make sure to stop by and check out  their fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies guaranteed to quench your summertime cravings.

A Couple More Recipes Using Fresh Cherries

A Savory cherry chicken hand pie on a plate.

Savory Cherry Hand Pies with Chicken

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Fresh tart cherries mingle with charred chicken and caramelized onions between layers of flaky pie crust making these delicious savory cherry hand pies with chicken a favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pkg of 2 pie crusts of your choice or 2 rolls of puff pastry.
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 Sprouts Organic Air Chilled chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup fresh cherries
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • Egg for egg wash
  • Pinch of chopped parsley and pinch of chili flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash cherries remove their pits and stems and slice them up roughly.
  2. Chop up the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces and wash chopping board you used with soap and water before using it for the onions, ginger, and garlic.
  3. Peel and chop onion, garlic cloves and ginger.
  4. Add oil to a pan and place it over medium heat.
  5. Add in the onion, ginger, and garlic and sauté, stirring often, for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add in the chopped chicken, coriander, smoked paprika, and cherries and sauté uncovered about 15-20 minutes until chicken starts to char a bit.
  7. Then add in the parsley, chili flakes (if using), and season with salt and pepper to taste. Take this off the stove and set aside as you prep the pastry.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  9. Use a 5-inch cereal bowl or pastry cutter to cut out 4-5 circles from the two sheets of pie crust or puff pastry.
  10. Fill the pie crust with 2-3 spoonfuls of chicken cherry mixture.
  11. Beat the egg and brush it along the circumference of the circular stuffed pie and fold the pie crust over to form a semi-circle, sealing the edges with your fingers. Repeat with the rest of the pie crusts.
  12. Then, use a fork and crimp the sides of the pie crust and slash a small "v" or any shape on the top so steam can escape.
  13. Brush the pies with egg wash and place in the preheated oven and bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden.
  14. These hand pies are delicious served slathered with some chili cherry sauce.
Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 521Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 95mgSodium 468mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 4gSugar 7gProtein 17g

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Lizet Bowen

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Oh, wow! these hand pies sound amazing. I've never tried cherries with chicken before, but I can imagine how delicious that would be. And great for parties!!

David @ Spiced

Thursday 25th of June 2020

You dumped the ice cream maker!? You might regret that one, too, my friend. Just think how good a bowl of homemade ice cream sounds right about now! Switching to this recipe, what a unique idea! We've been eating a ton of cherries here lately - although I really need Sprouts to open a store in my town. :-) Adding in the charred chicken is a fun idea - I'm intrigued! This is a great recipe for summer!

Caroline

Thursday 25th of June 2020

I am such a fan of cherries and love the idea of incorporating them in to these savory pies. They look delicious!

Danielle Wolter

Thursday 25th of June 2020

I am just loving the uniqueness of this recipe! What great flavor combos. I wasn't sure it would go together, but it's just so delicious!!

Katherine

Thursday 25th of June 2020

I love creative recipes like this that blur the lines between foods you expect to be sweet or savory! Awesome.