Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies: Surprisingly Addictive!

November 11, 2017 (Last Updated: November 15, 2023)

These addictive chick-un vegan hand pies are a chicken pie alternative I usually have on my Thanksgiving table, but you can certainly enjoy this anytime!

Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies - laid out on a baking grill

I hate to be one of those people who rename recipes to sound pun-ny, but I am going to overlook this if only to introduce you about my deliciously addictive chick-un Vegan Hand Pies. For thanksgiving at my house, I host a ton of people, and one of the friends I love to have over is a vegan. Since I love her so much,  I do not like to make her feel left out by giving her boring vegan food or let her go hungry by not making anything that could accommodate her at all. So I try to make some delicious dishes that I know she will love and that my non-vegan guests can also enjoy without feeling singled out… I am so nice, right? These vegan hand pies  are one of the vegan dishes that I will be having on my Thanksgiving table, but you can certainly enjoy this dish anytime of the year.

Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies - overhead shot with some tea

I hate to say that these vegan hand pies are carnivore approved, especially since vegans have taste buds too, but I will say that they have a flavor similarity to chicken hand pies, and non-vegans are definitely able to enjoy it without feeling like they are “missing something” from the dish. As a matter of fact, I served these pies to some non-vegan friends of mine, and they could not tell that it was not chicken. There were a couple who actually thought it had a beef filling but that’s another story. The pies were very quick to disappear and my carnivore husband actually had more than everyone else!

These vegan hand pies are made with green jackfruit and oyster mushroom for texture and I used some typical “chicken” seasoning herbs for the flavor. For the crust, I went for a slightly sweet but tender pastry, to balance the deeply savory flavors of the filling.

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Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies - laid out on a baking grill
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Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies

These addictive chick-un vegan hand pies are a chicken pie alternative I usually have on my Thanksgiving table, but you can certainly enjoy this anytime!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 503kcal


Chick-Un Pie Filling

  • 2 cans green jackfruit in water drained and lightly smashed
  • 1 cup sliced oyster mushrooms
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers chopped
  • 1 medium sized potato diced
  • ½ cup diced carrots
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 4 sprigs tender stem fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Additional Salt to taste

The Pie dough

  • 1.5 cups Bread Flour (about 220g)
  • 1.5 cups All purpose flour (about 210g)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • sticks cold vegan butter
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • 1 tsp date syrup


To make the filling

  • Saute the mushrooms with 1 tsp of salt and the coconut oil in a saute pan on medium heat. Saute until the mushrooms have shrunk till about half the size, and they have have some color on it. This takes about 15 minutes to get to this stage.
  • Once the mushrooms have browned, add in the onions, scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, sage, black pepper and vegetable bouillon and continue to saute until the onions are softened and translucent.
  • Once the onions have softened, add in the carrots, potatoes and jackfruit. Turn the heat down to low and continue to saute for another 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Toss in the bell peppers and continue to saute for another 5 minutes then turn the heat off and set aside.

To make the Pie dough

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F
  • In a bowl, combine the bread and all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Gently cut in the vegan butter chunks with a pastry blender, fork, knife or your good-ole fingers. The texture should not resemble that of bread crumbs! It should have pieces of butter range in sizes, between a pea and a grape.
  • Add the applesauce to the flour and butter mixture and mix with a wooden spoon to bring the dough together. You may add in some cold water 1 tsp at a time until the dough comes together, be sure not to add too much water at once. You must use ice-cold water!
  • Bring the dough together on a floured surface and rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until you are ready to use it. Make sure the dough is wrapped or covered whilst in the refrigerator. 

To make the Pies

  • Cut the rested dough into 12 even pieces. Taking one piece of dough at a time, roll it out into a circle and place about 2 tablespoons of the filling on half the dough circle. Use the other half to cover the filling and seal the edges of the dough by crimping with a fork. To ensure a secure seal, brush the edges of the dough circle with water before close and sealing.
  • Prepare all the pies and using a fork gently poke the tops of the pie to create air vents and prevent the pies from bursting open. Mix the date syrup with teaspoons of water, and lightly brush the tops of the dough to glaze the pies.
  • Place the pies on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm!

Chick-Un Vegan Hand Pies - Close Up shot of chick-un filling

Give it a shot and tell me how it turned out! If you are feeling  majorly carnivorous, I still have my totally delicious beef hand pies which are are just as good especially with my tips for a great and flaky meat pie crust.



  • Reply
    November 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    And your vegan friend appreciates you and is coming for more 😂😂 girl your food is the best!

    • Reply
      November 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Love you Mourine!

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    Carrie @ Carrie's Home Cooking
    November 14, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Oh my goodness I have a vegetarian family member that is coming for Thanksgiving dinner and I had no idea what to fix. Now I have one less stress. Thank you! Pinned, printed and added to my menu!

    • Reply
      November 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Awesome Carrie! I am sure they will love it!

  • Reply
    November 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    These look delicious. I’m glad to know you can buy jack fruit in a can. The whole fruit is a little scary looking to me. Actually, it’s very scary looking. I’m definitely going to try these the next time I’m entertaining “the VEGANS” as my husband calls a few of our friends. I think you may have solved a mystery for me. Does that date syrup brushed on the crust serve the same purpose as an egg wash? Does it help the dough to brown and looke pretty?

    • Reply
      Lois. O
      November 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      It serves the same purpose as egg wash and make the crust brown a little bit. You can do without it but it looks a little “dusty” plain.

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    November 16, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Ooh!! I have to find jackfruit! In India, we often call it the vegetarian’s meat for its meaty texture.. I need to look around for one here in Bucharest 🙂 these are perfect starters for a gathering

    Thanks for sharing!

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    November 16, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    oooh, these hand pies look really good! I have never used jackfruit before! But the filing looks really good – I bet no one would even notice there was no meat in there!

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    Veena Azmanov
    November 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    5 stars
    I love hand pies and this looks like a great vegan version I can try. Love the color on the pastry. Filling looks perfect. Yum!

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    Prasanna Hede
    November 18, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Oh my! these look absolute delish! Jackfruit is wonderful addition to the filling!

  • Reply
    Amanda Mason
    November 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

    5 stars
    I cant believe these are vegan! Are you serious! Looks so delish! Like a pot pie! My son has been begging me to make him a homemade pot pie…instead I’m going to make these because these are so much more healthy than a pot pie and they look delish!!

    • Reply
      Lois. O
      November 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      I am sure your son will love these! They are a real treat in my house.

  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    November 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve heard of using jackfruit for the texture – now I’m getting really curious!

    And I would never limit hand pies to a holiday – they’re just too, well, handy!

  • Reply
    Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
    November 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I love that you made these vegan – I have a number of friends who will be very happy to see this recipe!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    These sound so incredibly delicious! Love that their vegan. Would definitely make these for dinner!

  • Reply
    November 21, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    These look absolutely delicious and I love that they are vegan! What a scrumptious and healthy recipe!

  • Reply
    November 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    What a great friend you are and these look amazing!

    • Reply
      Lois. O
      November 22, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you kindly!

  • Reply
    Ginny McMeans
    November 21, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    5 stars
    You are my dream cook! I love this recipe. The hand pies look so good and that stuffing is inspired. And oyster mushrooms. Fantastic!

    • Reply
      Lois. O
      November 22, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      That is such a flattering title! I am glad you enjoyed this!

  • Reply
    Tracy Koslicki
    November 22, 2017 at 12:11 am

    5 stars
    Chick-Un Vegan! Ha! Love it – I’ve never had jackfruit but I think I need to try it ASAP!

    • Reply
      Lois. O
      November 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      I hope you like it Tracy!

  • Reply
    November 22, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Such a good idea for when my vegetarian friends come over.

  • Reply
    November 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

    5 stars
    I am pretty sure if I would have one of these on my thanksgiving table, I wouldn’t want anything else😉

    • Reply
      November 27, 2017 at 10:19 am

      It did not last at my table, so I have first hand experience

  • Reply
    Alena Brenda
    November 30, 2017 at 1:47 am

    5 stars
    you are a good cook and these chicken vegan hand pies are looking pretty delicious.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 9:00 am


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