A healthy take on your favourite classic Irish dish. This chicken shepherd’s pie is low in calories in fat. Especially when compared to its traditional recipe. Plus, it’s gluten free, dairy free, and has the added bonus of being absolutely delicious! It’s also a great make ahead, freezer friendly dish for those busy evenings when you just don’t have the time.
A traditional shepherd’s pie typically uses lamb, but in the interest of a lighter dish, I’m using chicken. To make this dish vegan or vegetarian, you could also use cooked or canned lentils as I’ve done in my Super Comforting Vegan Shepherd’s Pie. This dish really is quite versatile!
To prepare your chicken shepherd’s pie…
Roughly chop up your potatoes and get them boiling. Meanwhile, begin sautéing your onion and carrots in a large skillet. Once your veggies have softened, add the ground chicken and sauté until no longer pink. Your potatoes should be ready for mashing at this point, so drain and return to the same pot. The heat from the potatoes will get any excess moisture in the pot to evaporate. Then add your milk and garlic powder and mash away!
Once the components are all prepped, combine the veggies and chicken into one layer on the bottom of your baking dish. Then evenly spread your mashed potatoes over top. Bake and enjoy!
This chicken shepherd’s pie has a ton of veggies, including peas, corn and carrots. Plus, for the mashed potatoes, I’ve combined both Yukon gold and sweet potatoes to add even more nutrients and deliciousness. I’ve tried making sweet potato mash for shepherd’s pie in the past. It’s pretty good, but I find the texture lacks a bit of that creaminess that white potatoes have to offer. Especially if you’re trying to keep it low calorie and skip the butter and oils. So this combo of two potato types really does work perfectly! It’s flavourful, and it doesn’t require any butter or oil to get a deliciously creamy texture. Woo hoo! All the flavour, all the texture, without all the calories and fat. That’s definitely a huge win in my books!