Whole Chicken Pie


After seeing a brioche-wrapped chicken selling for $100 at a restaurant, I wanted to make one myself. But then I saw a photo online for what looked like a pie crust-wrapped chicken. Suddenly, I remembered doing something similar in culinary school. Pie crust doesn't insulate the chicken as well, resulting in a seamless fusion of skin and crust. Pictured here garnished with fresh rosemary.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
1 3 1/2-pound chicken


For the Veggie Stuffing:

  • ½ yellow onion, diced

  • 1 small carrot, diced

  • ½ rib celery, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary, or more to taste

  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 (3 1/2) pound whole chicken

  • kosher salt to taste

  • kitchen twine

  • 1 pound buttercrust pastry dough

  • all-purpose flour, or as needed

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons water

  • fleur de sel to taste

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • salt to taste

  • cup rose wine

  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes


  1. Combine onion, carrot, and celery in a bowl. Add garlic, rosemary, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Drizzle in olive oil. Mix stuffing well.

  2. Trim away the wing tips of the chicken. Season the whole surface and cavity generously with salt. Spoon the stuffing into the cavity, reserving any extra for the sauce later. Tie the legs together with string. Refrigerate until ready to wrap.

  3. Place dough onto a well floured surface. Sprinkle more flour on top. Roll out into a large circle about 1/8 inch thick. Place chicken, breast-side down, in the center of the dough. Wrap dough over the chicken. Cut off sections of excess dough and patch them over areas with less coverage.

  4. Beat egg and water together and brush some egg wash over the redistributed dough. Press the rest of dough into the new seams. Continue folding dough over the chicken, brushing with egg wash and patching pieces together as needed, until chicken is fully covered. Do not stretch the dough too thin.

  5. Flip chicken over onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Press on the inside of both legs to enhance their shape. Refrigerate until crust is cold, about 30 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush the remaining egg wash all over the chicken. Sprinkle fleur de sel on top.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is beautifully browned, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a pie dish and let rest while preparing the sauce, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  8. Cut a small hole into the back of the chicken and spoon out 1/2 cup of the stuffing. Place in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon butter. Add a pinch of salt. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Add wine and the pan drippings. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Add cold butter. Turn off heat and stir sauce vigorously until butter melts.

  9. Slice chicken and serve with the sauce.

Chef's Notes:

If making my homemade buttercrust pastry dough, you should (ideally) use a bit over 1 recipe to fully cover the chicken.

Feel free to substitute the rosemary with any fresh herb, fleur de sel with any coarse salt, rose wine with white wine, and stock with a splash of stock.

If you use a 3 1/2 pound chicken for this, then the roasting/resting time should work out, but if your bird is larger, you'll have to add more time, and should probably use a thermometer to check your work.

A little of the sauce goes a long way; this makes enough for 4 to 6 people to have a spoonful or two.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

850 Calories
55g Fat
37g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 850
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g 71%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 216mg 72%
Sodium 787mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 476mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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