These pies would also be delicious with spinach or Swiss chard in place of the kale. Or, make a vegetarian version with cooked mushrooms instead of the chicken.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half. On a floured sheet of parchment paper, roll out one half to a 14-inch round. With a knife or biscuit cutter, cut out six 4 1/4-inch circles (rerolling dough once if necessary) and transfer, on parchment, to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, cutting out six (larger) 4 1/2-inch rounds. Chill rounds on sheet until ready to use.

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  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Add leek and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 minutes. Add kale and thyme, season with salt and pepper, and cook until kale wilts, 3 minutes. Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir to combine. Add broth and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring often, until mixture thickens, 2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and stir in chicken. Let cool slightly.

  • Place a heaping 1/4 cup chicken mixture on each of the smaller dough rounds, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Brush edges with egg and top with larger dough rounds; using fingers, press edges firmly to seal. Cut a small vent in each pie. Bake until browned and crisp, 30 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let cool slightly on sheets on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Notes

If using store-bought rolled pie dough, add 1 tablespoon cheddar inside each hand pie.

Reviews (3)

129 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
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  • 1 star values: 3
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01/03/2013
These are AMAZING! One of the best kale dishes I have EVER made, and I have made many and grown it for years! I made them into 1/2 circles vs into mini round pies. We all loved them so much (esp my 4 year old daughter). Thank you for a FABULOUS recipe!!!!
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01/02/2013
These are AMAZING! One of the best kale dishes I have EVER made, and I have made many and grown it for years! I made them into 1/2 circles vs into mini round pies. We all loved them so much (esp my 4 year old daughter). Thank you for a FABULOUS recipe!!!!
Rating: Unrated
01/02/2013
These pies are AMAZING. Honestly a new favorite that I will make again, and again and again. I assembled them not as circles but as 1/2 rounds - like a similar recipe here for hand pies. You will NOT be disappointed. I made for a gift (couple just had a baby) and they loved them also! Make and enjoy!!!
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