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Pesto chicken turnovers recipe

These pesto chicken and cheese turnovers are great picnic food and make a lovely light lunch when teamed with a garden salad.



  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 tbsp basil pesto
  • 2 cups barbeque chicken, chopped
  • 2 cups pizza cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 225°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper and set aside.

Mix flour and water in a bowl until it forms a sticky dough. Turn out onto a floured bench and knead until the dough becomes silky and pliable (about 8-10 minutes).

Divide into 6 portions and roll each portion into a 15cm round.

Spread a tablespoon of pesto over each round. Divide the chicken between the 6 rounds and then do the same with the cheese.

Brush a little water on the edges and pull over one side to create a turnover. Press together edges with a fork. Place on tray. Brush a little water over the tops of the turnovers.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.


  • The pastry on these turnovers is quite solid and acts like a shell to hold its contents. That makes these perfect picnic food.
  • These are quite large and I think that you could actually make 12 smaller turnovers from this recipe.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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