Creamy Chicken and Spinach Pie with a delicious golden rustic potato topping and creamy sauce this pie makes a perfect family meal.
Potato Topped Chicken Pie
This is such a comforting meal that the whole family will love. Tender pieces of chicken, in a creamy sauce with the goodness of spinach and those rustic golden potatoes for the topping are just heavenly.
Paired up with some green vegetables for the sides, this makes a delicious dig in and help yourself kind of meal.
Best Potatoes for Pies
My favourite time of potatoes to use for this pie is Yukon Golds, you won't find a better potato. Amazing buttery flavour without having to add any button and that beautiful golden colour.
In the UK a similar variety is the Elfe Potato which can be found at which you can find at Aldi or Waitrose. If you struggle to find those too, I do recommend using a waxy variety of potato over floury. It just makes a much nicer topping for this Chicken and Spinach Pie.
Lighter Creamy Sauce
For the creamy sauce, I use low fat cream cheese, milk, stock and some cornstarch it makes an yummy creamy style sauce for much less fat and calories.
I don't recommend using quark instead of the cream cheese, it will split in this pie and doesn't yield the same creamy style sauce.
HOW CAN I ADD A ⅓ SPEED FOODS TO THIS RECIPE?
Obviously, the spinach in this pie will count towards your ⅓ speed foods, but to increase those to a ⅓ of your plate. I recommend adding some other greens of choice, we went for some steam broccoli and green beans, nice and simple and I just seasoned it with good ole sea salt and black pepper.
If you often feel confused about speed foods. I recommend reading over The Benefit of Speed Foods - it will really help to understand how it works within Slimming World.
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Individual Pies perfect for Freezing
Making this for less than 4 people? Make it up in smaller single serving dishes and then you can freeze the other portions, you will be thankful to have them in your freezer for a quick meal to put in the oven on a busy hectic day.
You could even freeze it with your serving of ⅓ speed foods to save even more time. Just ensure you choose a vegetable that will cook well in the oven with the pie. Broccoli is perfect roasted and is one of my favourites.
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Creamy Chicken and Spinach Pie
Creamy Chicken and Spinach Pie with a delicious golden rustic potato topping and creamy sauce - this pie makes a perfect family meal.
- 500g (17.5oz) of uncooked boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast, diced and all visible fat removed
- 800g (28oz)of Yukon golden potatoes(or similar variety of waxy/semi waxy potatoes)
- 1 onion, halved and sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- salt and black pepper
- 150g (5.5oz) of low fat cream cheese
- 350ml (1.5 cups) of whole milk - 2 HEa's
- 180ml (¾ cup) of chicken stock
- approx 6 cups/handfuls of fresh spinach
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- cooking oil spray
- Preheat oven to 200c/400f (gas mark 6)
- Place potatoes in a saucepan of water, bring to a boil and simmer till very slightly soft (not too soft that they are mushy) - approx 8-10 mins
- Drain and rough up with a fork and set aside.
- Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with spray oil, add the chicken, season with salt and black pepper and cook until pieces are golden all over.
- Remove and set aside, add the onion and garlic and a little of bit of the stock and fry until translucent.
- Add in the cream cheese, milk and stock and whisk till smooth.
- Mix the cornstarch with a little cold water to make a slurry, pour this into the sauce and allow to simmer until the sauce reduces and thickens from the cornstarch. (approx 10 minutes)
- Add back in the chicken and stir in the spinach. It will seem a lot, but once you start stirring it in, it wilts down to hardly anything.
- Add the chicken and sauce to a an ovenproof dish. Top with the rustic potatoes. Season over top with salt and black pepper.
- Spray over the top with spray oil, and place in the oven and bake until the potatoes are a lovely golden colour (approx 40 mins)
- Serve with your choice of vegetables.
This recipe is gluten free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - ½ HEa and 3.5 syns per serving
- WW Green Smart Points - 8 per serving (using chicken breast)
- WW Blue Smart Points - 6 per serving (using chicken breast)
- WW Purple Smart Points - 6 per serving (using chicken breast)
- Gluten Free - use gluten free stock
SUITABLE FOR FREEZING
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 440Total Fat 4.5gSaturated Fat 2.8gCholesterol 91mgSodium 508mgCarbohydrates 49.6gFiber 5.7gSugar 12.9gProtein 41.7g
This is delicious! I used baby new potatoes steamed in their skins. Suggestion - introduce the stock into the cheese gradually, until you get the consistency you want. Great dish, scrumptious, simple, and healthy. Thank you!
Deb 'Bruise' Riddle says
would this work just as well with Quark instead of the low fat Philly if you've used your HeA?
Laura Morrison says
Could I use frozen spinach instead of fresh?
Louise Schwartz says
Have just made this for our meal this evening, OMG it was delicious!! Will definitely be cooking again! Thank you so much for sharing all your recipes.
glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Made this for dinner tonight it was so yummy, another great tastey recipe
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
So happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting.
Mary Harper says
Would this be nice with garlick n herb quark instead of cream cheese?
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
Hi Mary - quark tends to be more sour tasting than cream cheese, so if you are happy with that taste, then definitely give it a try.
Emma Walker says
Could I use vegetable stock cubes instead?
Siobhan (Slimming Eats) says
yes you can use any stock you prefer.
Keldene Mosby says
What's the best way to freeze this? Would you say it's best to cook the chicken/spinach part and do the potato topping fresh on the day?
Siobhan (Slimming Eats) says
you can freeze either way, with or without the potato topping is fine.