Russian Chicken Pie


Preparation info

  • 8 to 10

    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Taste of Russia

A Taste of Russia

By Darra Goldstein

Published 1983

  • About

Kurnik, whose name derives from the Russian word for hen, kuritsa, is yet another sort of Russian pie enclosed in rich pastry top and bottom. It’s a stunning dish and good party fare, since it may be made early in the day and reheated at the last minute.


  • Pastry
  • cups butter, at room temperature
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature



Cream the butter and cream cheese together. Mix in the egg yolks. Stir in the flour, salt and baking powder until smooth.

Divide the dough into two balls. Wrap each ball in waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before using.


In a large stockpot bring all