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Spicy Chicken Shepard’s Pie
This Spicy Chicken Shepard’s Pie is some I have been tossing around for over a year as a blog post, but I just never put that plan in action until now. I love anything spicy and buffalo chicken is some what of a comfort food to me and my family. Yes, even my little guy loves some spicy dishes.
I know now that this brilliant idea is not as original as I had thought since I have seen many versions out there on Pinterest, but I thought it was past time I shared my version of it here with you guys. I figured that there not many recipes if any that are not on Pinterest in some form or fashions, but the more the merrier I say!
My Spicy Chicken Shepard’s pie is one of those rich dishes that is a bit heavy on dairy and so filling that one serving is enough to make you fill satisfied. If you follow THM, then this is a heavy S meal so it will work best as an occasional splurge, but man it sure is a treat!.
Along with the wonderful flavors of this low carb and gluten-free casserole, it has the bonus of being easy to make and assemble. You could totally make this dish ahead the night or morning before cooking it and store it in the fridge. I love meals like that same me time in the evenings are work or long days homeschooling.
I haven’t tried freezing it yet, but I plan on doing that on my next Meal Prep Monday and I will update this post when I see how well it turns out.
Shepard or Cottage Pie?
This recipe is a simple twist on the traditional Shepard’s Pie. Did you know that typical Shepard’s Pie is generally made with beef, and In other regions where they use other meats such as lamb, it is referred to as Cottage Pie?
Me either! I also didn’t realize that there were a few facts on this dish that I didn’t know until I ran across this article on Jamie Oliver’s website. Check it out if you are a food nerd like me, who loves learning the history behind the dishes we enjoy today!
No matter what you choose to call it, the recipe is usually composed of some type of chopped or ground meat and veggies on the bottom and then topped with mashed or whipped potatoes. Though that sounds heavenly one thing is for sure, potatoes do not fit into my healthy eating lifestyle so that is where our trusty friend cauliflower steps in. Cauliflower is a wonderful substitute for mashed potatoes, so naturally, it works wonderfully in this Spicy Chicken Shepard’s Pie.
Making the Shepard’s Pie
There are three basic steps to this recipe. To begin step one, you prepare your cauliflower topping by steaming or boiling the cauliflower until it is tender enough to mash or whip. Add in some tasty and creamy ingredients and step one is complete.
Step two focuses on the filling that will be beneath that lovely mashed cauliflower. As was the first step, this step is as simple as adding all your ingredients into a bowl and mixing. See, nothing hard about that, right?
The third and last step of this recipe is where the magic happens. Those heavenly mixtures of mashed cauliflower and the spicy chicken mixture get layered in a baking dish and baked until it is hot and bubbly. Ahh…perfection! There is just something so comforting about a hot bubbling casserole as you sit down with your family and friends.
My husband and son love this casserole and I have to agree with them, it is pretty tasty and so filling. If you or your family do not like spicy recipes, then I would like to suggest using a ranch spice mix or dressing in the filling. Who doesn’t like creamy ranch casseroles, right?
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