This hearty Chicken Shepard's Pie will satisfy all the family on a cold winters night!
Everybody loves the classic Shepard's pie or Cottage pie and for us its the ultimate comfort food dinner. Try this yummy gluten & lactose free version with a twist!
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Chicken Shepard's Pie
Serves 6-8 people
1 tablespoon olive oil
20g Nutalex or dairy free butter
1.2kg chicken thigh fillets, trimmed, cut into 4cm pieces
2 leeks, trimmed, halved, washed, sliced
200g middle bacon rashers, trimmed, chopped
250g cup mushrooms, thickly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup plain gluten free flour
3/4 cup Massel chicken style liquid stock
3/4 cup of Pauls Lactose Free cream
80g baby spinach
1.6kg desiree potatoes, peeled, chopped
100g Nutalex or dairy free butter
1/2 cup lactose free milk
Make Mashed-potato topping Place potato in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil. Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to pan. Add butter and milk. Mash until smooth.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Heat oil and butter in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a 6cm-deep, 3.8 litre-capacity baking dish.
Add leek and bacon to pan. Cook, stirring, for 8 minutes, or until leek has softened. Add mushrooms. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add wine. Bring to the boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually stir in stock and cream. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Place spinach over chicken in dish. Carefully pour cream mixture over spinach. Stir to combine. Top evenly with mashed potato. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and chicken is cooked through. Stand for 10 minutes. Serve.