Sweet Potato + Chicken Hand Pies

In need of a little comfort food today? Sweet potato + chicken hand pies make for a comforting recipe idea on a blustery winter's day, and are a useful way to turn a little leftover chicken into a whole new meal!
Course dinner
Keyword chicken, comfort food, hand pies, leftovers, sweet potatoes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Rachel Singer


  • 1-1.25 lbs sweet potatoes about 2 medium
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust both top and bottom crust
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped (1 tsp minced)
  • 1 cup shredded or diced cooked chicken
  • 1 chipotle in adobo chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sauce from can of chipotles in adobo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or cheddar-jack
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 egg


  1. Scrub sweet potatoes and pierce with a fork. Microwave uncovered on high for 10 minutes or until tender, turning over halfway through.
  2. Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and let it sit out on the counter while you let the sweet potatoes cool a bit. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Meanwhile, chop your chicken, garlic, onion, and chipotle pepper.
  4. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute for two minutes, or until browned. Add garlic and saute very briefly, then turn off the heat under the pan.
  5. Pull the skin off of the sweet potatoes, then add the sweet potato pulp to a large bowl and mash. Stir in sauteed onion & garlic, chicken, chipotle pepper, chipotle sauce, sour cream, cheddar, and seasonings.
  6. Cut each pie crust into three equal wedges, so that you have six total. Scoop an equal amount of the sweet potato filling into each wedge, then fold it over and crimp the edges.
  7. Arrange hand pies on the prepared baking sheet. Beat the egg together with 1 tsp water. Brush each hand pie with the egg wash, then cut a couple of small slits into the top of each to let steam escape.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes at 400 degrees, or until hand pies are golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Note: Substitute leftover turkey for leftover chicken, or you can easily change up the filling here with whatever leftovers you happen to have on... hand.