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Sakiena Kariem

Simple Chicken Pie

A reader of this website requested a mini chicken pie recipe. Sakiena Kariem, kindly shared her recipe.

Sakiena has been a home executive for the last few years and enjoys taking care of her 2 adult children and her husband.

Her interests revolve around the home and family, making life more comfortable for those around her. Her skills at baking and cooking are well known and she also enjoys entertaining family and friends

Cultural and religious events center around family. A big part of those events is being together and enjoying good food. Sakiena is adept at making a selection of food that delight her family and friends. For her it is a labour of love, as sharing meals together is an expression of her care, concern and love.

Here is Sakiena's recipe for, Simple Chicken Pie

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  1. 2 rolls of Puff or Flaky pastry
  2. 3 chicken breasts
  3. 1 punnet mushrooms
  4. 2 tsps. whole jeero (cumin)
  5. 1 tsp ground peppercorns
  6. ¼ cup sago (small tapioca)
  7. 1 green chilli or crushed chillies, (to taste)
  8. 1 onion (chopped)
  9. 3 cloves fresh garlic/15ml garlic paste
  10. 2 tblsps. cooking oil
  11. 1 tsp. salt, (to taste)
  12. 1 tblsp. Chicken flavored Royco soup*(mix with a little water), optional
  13. Egg-wash to brush pastry


  • Soak sago in half a cup of water and keep aside
  • Rinse chicken, boil and flake
  • wash all vegetables, and slice
  • Heat oil in a saucepan with jeero, (cumin), until it sizzles, (not brown)
  • Add onion and cook until glossy
  • Add chicken, garlic, salt & chili. Let it simmer
  • Follow with mushrooms, pepper & sago
  • If the contents appear to be getting dry, add a littl more water
  • Cook until sago is transparent & the water evaporates
  • Allow filling to cool completely
  • Roll out 1 piece pastry and cover bottom of an oiled baking dish
  • Put cooled filling on top
  • Roll out 2nd. piece pastry and cover chicken
  • Make slits in pastry so that steam escapes while baking
  • Bake at 220°C., for about 10 min.
  • Brush with beaten egg and lower heat to 200°
  • Bake until done, (until brown)
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool, then slice and serve

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Sakiena's husband, Nazeem, writes a popular blog, Weekend Wrap, Glimpses of Humor, that largely describe travels with family & friends. The blogs are always interesting and incorporate, humor, love, and relationships that are beautifully entwined with the subject of travel.

In addition, subjects like pollution, culture, and religion are also included. You can enjoy his articles when you browse:
Shared Travel Tales and More

Nazeem's writings, reflect the love and respect he has for his lovely wife, Sakiena, who makes his life content.

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* if you are unable to get the brand, Royco, use any brand of chicken or other flavored soup. If you prefer to make smaller portions of chicken pies, simply cut the pastry into the sizes that you prefer. Then add filling in proportion to the size of pastry. You may purchase sago at regular or ethnic grocery stores.

If you have questions or would like to add a recipe of your own, email me, Nirmala, at:
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I will be happy to help in any way I can. The site will be regularly updated with tasty recipes and hints and tips. You can also reach me at Contact

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