Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chicken Shepherd's pie

I wasn't sure if this dish should be called Shepherd's pie or cottage pie. Now.. this is what I think, if Shepherd's pie is made with minced lamb meat and cottage pie is made with minced beef, shouldn't this be called farmer's pie? It does make sense, doesn't it?

So here's the recipe for my 'farmer's pie, which I quickly whipped up this morning for the little fella to bring to his nanny's and I asked nanny if she would steam it up prior to serving him as lunch, she kindly said yes. Note: At home prior to serving, I usually bake it in the oven with added grated cheese on top, I love seeing the way cheese melts when baked. But I don't expect the nanny to bake it for him. So I just asked her to steam it to re-heat it.

Recipe (makes two portions for a toddler aged 19mth old)
  • 100g minced chicken breast, marinated with dash of soya salt and black pepper powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced with pinch of salt
  • 1/2 medium size onion, minced
  • 100g pumpkin, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium size tomato, skin and seeds removed, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup of water / stock
For the mashed potato topping
  • 1 potato or sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 3tbsp milk
  • 2tbsp cream cheese
  • 2tbsp butter
  • pinch of salt and black pepper powder
  • 2tbsp Cheddar cheese (optional)
  1. Prepare the mashed potato: bring a pan of water to boil, pour in the cubed potato and boil until soft and tender enough to mash.
  2. Rinse away the boiling water, in a bowl, mash the potato with milk, cream cheese, butter and salt and/ or other seasoning. Set aside.  
  3. In a wok or shallow frying pan, heat up 2tbsp grapeseed oil or cooking oil, stir in minced garlic and onion, followed by minced chicken, fry until fragrant. Stir in cubed pumpkin and tomato, gently stir-fry for another 3min. Add in water or stock, stew on low heat for about 10-20min or until the tomato and pumpkin are soft.
  4. Prepare two small ceramic dish or one big one. Brush with oil or butter. Lay the minced chicken mix at bottom of dish. Top with mashed potato, followed by Cheddar cheese (optional).
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 170degC for about 5-10min or until the top is slightly golden brown.
I am linking this simple and easy toddler's recipe to Bake Along No. 62 themed savory pie/ tart hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen wings.


  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I didn't realise the difference between shepherd's pie and cottage pie until you mentioned it :p

    Your nice and healthy chicken version sounds good :D


  2. Hi Jennifer,
    Whatever this pie is called, it sure looks delicious!
    Thanks for linking!

  3. good morning jennifer, i think it's a good variant that it has pumpkins in it too. Sorry for the late visit, just back from a trip , Thx very much for baking along with us and hope you will join us again whenever possible .


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