Cheese & Onion Chutney Muffins

Fluffy savoury muffins with onion chutney – the perfect snack. If you are a cheese fan, my Cheese & Onion Chutney Muffins are definitely for you!

Cheese and onion is a classic flavour combination loved by many. I’m slightly different and am not a fan of onions, that is unless they are in the form of pickled onions or red onion chutney! 

For quite a few years now I have been making my own chutney at Christmas. They make great gifts for people, but I also like to have it in the house for myself. It is great with cheese and crackers but I wanted to think of other ways to use it. That is where these Cheese & Onion Chutney Muffins came from!

I made these Cheese & Onion Chutney Muffins to take into work quite a few months ago because everyone I work with is a cheese fanatic. To say they went down well is an understatement! Since then, one person in particular keeps asking when I am next making them. I finally caved in and made them again. Mr Curly is not very happy that I’m taking them into work and has asked a couple of times if there are any spares so it looks like I might be making them again pretty soon!

One of the things I like about these muffins is that you don’t need any fancy equipment like a mixer. They are also really quick and easy to make; muffins are best when you mix them as little as possible. The most strenuous task is grating some cheese! How easy they are makes them a perfect muffin to whip up if you have guests coming (or if you fancy a treat!). As they are so easy, they are also a great bake to make with children. 

The mix is enough to make 9 muffins even though it may not look like it will. Put roughly one tablespoon of the mix in the bottom of each muffin before you add the chutney and then divide the remaining mix. Don’t get overexciting and add a huge dollop of chutney because it will ooze out and mean you don’t get the perfect looking muffin. The most you will want to add is a level teaspoon, but if you do add more, the muffins will still taste delicious, but will be slightly more rustic. 

These muffins are quite addictive and you won’t have any problem finding people willing to eat them for you!

Updated January 2019

5 from 2 votes

Cheese & Onion Chutney Muffins

Fluffy savoury muffins with onion chutney - the perfect snack. If you are a cheese fan, my Cheese & Onion Chutney Muffins are definitely for you!

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Muffins, Cheese, Onion Chutney
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 216 kcal
Author Curly


  • 175 g plain flour
  • 120 g cheddar cheese grated
  • 80 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 60 ml sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 9 tsp onion chutney

To finish

  • 30 g cheddar cheese grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC (fan assisted, 210ºC non fan) and line a muffin tin with cases
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir in the grated cheese
  3. In a jug, beat the egg, milk, oil and wholegrain mustard together

  4. Stir the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until just combined - don't overwork it
  5. Spoon a tablespoon of mixture into the muffin cases and spread it out so it completely covers the bottom of the cases
  6. Put a small amount of chutney in the centre of each muffin case - no more than a level teaspoon
  7. Spoon the rest of the mixture in the muffin cases, taking care to try and keep the chutney in the centre
  8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of each muffin 

  9. Bake in oven for 18 minutes until golden brown and they have a nice crust on top
  10. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before eating - hot chutney burns!
Nutrition Facts
Cheese & Onion Chutney Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 264mg11%
Potassium 165mg5%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 185mg19%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 thoughts on “Cheese & Onion Chutney Muffins

  1. kat

    These are delicious, one of my favourite curly’s cooking creations. I’m with Rien, if you could make these again sooner rather than later 🙂 x

  2. Corina Blum

    These sound like such a delicious recipe! I really don’t make savoury muffins very often . I made them a couple of times a few years ago but since then I haven’t really tried them. I should make some again though as they would be a great savoury snack for the children! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    1. Curly Post author

      I make savoury muffins far more than sweet ones because I love playing with the flavours. It also makes me think they’re not too bad for me because they’re savoury and not sweet!

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