When someone mentions Shepherd’s Pie I immediately think of something with beef, gravy and mashed potatoes. I’d planned to use some chicken to make a pot pie, but Darling Hubby suggested I use up some more of the leftovers we had in the fridge, so I pulled out a pound of cooked chicken and parmesan mashed potatoes (leftover from Bug’s 9th birthday a few days ago), some green beans from dinner yesterday, some frozen corn and peas, and Velveeta cheese and made a yummy dinner. Bug was already asking me to make it again before he’d even finished his first bowl (yes, he had seconds in addition to eating the leftover kale and kidney beans, also left over from his birthday dinner.)
Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take any pictures while I was cooking, so you’ll have to use your imagination.
Cheesy Chicken Shepherd’s Pie
1 lb cooked chicken, cut into chunks
10 oz of frozen or leftover veggies (I used cooked green beans and frozen corn and peas)
8oz of Velveeta cheese, cut into chunks
freshly ground pepper
2Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup hot water
Mashed potatoes (2 cups will probably be enough – I didn’t measure exactly)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375*
Put the chicken, veggies and Velveeta in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until the cheese starts to melt. Stir gently and frequently until all the cheese melts and everything is coated.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and combine with the flour. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Gently whisk in the water and heat til bubbly. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the chicken mixture is coated with cheese, taste and season with pepper (you probably won’t need salt), pour into an 8×8 pyrex square baking dish. When the gravy is done, pour that over the chicken mixture. Do not stir.
If, like me, you are using leftover mashed potatoes, warm them in the microwave for a minute or 2 until spreadable. Spread around on the top of the gravy. Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese.
Bake in a preheated 375* oven for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and the cheese is brown.
Prep time was about 25-30 mins, cook time 20-25 mins.
Tips and additions:
If, unlike us, you like onions and want to add them, saute a few in a little butter before adding the chicken, veggies and cheese.
Hubby added some rosemary to his portion.
This would be yummy with leftover turkey…maybe try this after Thanksgiving.