How to Make Shepherd’s Pie - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Shepherd’s Pie

This dish from England is actually made with beef, but here in India, we are more of a chicken-eating culture. So we have bought about a lovely twist to the recipe, in a way that it agrees with the Indian mindset, but falls nowhere short on taste parameters, when compared to the original classic recipe. It is a simple layered casserole of chicken, veggies and potato, and we reckon that you can’t go wrong with it. Include your kids in the preparation and enjoy a satisfying Sunday lunch together.

Serves Preparation Time  Cooking Time
6 People 10-15 Minutes  50-55 Minutes


  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cups vegetables—diced carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice


Step 1

Cook the potatoes till tender by immersing the peeled and quartered pieces in water, for about 20 minutes.

Step 2

In the meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes.

Step 3

If you are including vegetables in the recipe, you need to add them according to their cooking time. Carrots should be added with the onions, because they take a long time to cook. If you want to add peas or corn, add them towards the end of the cooking of the onions.

Step 4

Add ground chicken to the pan with the onions and vegetables. Cook until it no longer looks raw and pink. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and chicken broth.

Step 5

Bring the broth to a simmer on low heat. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

Step 6

After the potatoes are done, remove them from the pot and add the remaining 4 tbsps of butter. Mash the potatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 7

Keep the oven for preheating to 400°F. In a large baking dish, spread the chicken, onions, and vegetable mix in an even layer.

Step 8

Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of this and rough up the surface of the mashed potatoes with a fork, so there are peaks that will get well browned.

Step 9

Place in the oven and cook until the top layer gets browned; it will take approx. 30 minutes.

Step 10

Remove from heat and let it cool. Scoop out pieces from the baking dish and serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Calories 540 K cal
Proteins 37.9 g
Total Fat 24.1 g
Total Carbohydrates 42.4 g
Cholesterol 142 mg
Sodium 335 mg
Potassium 1384 mg
Tip: You can put a layer of corn between the chicken and mashed potatoes. You can also sprinkle grated cheese on top of the mashed potatoes before you bake the pie.
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