Since we have started limiting our consumption of red meat, mostly beef, there have been more opportunities to substitute with other forms of protein sources such as chicken, seafood, turkey, soy, and vegetables. In the case of Shepard’s pie, we all know that the traditional ground or shredded lamb has been substituted with ground beef as a normally accepted replacement. With Monique, she came up with the idea for using chicken breast meat in place of the usual red meat found in this popular dish.
I have left some of the ingredients with a vague listing, such as the mashed potatoes. This is because you can modify or alter this recipe with any form of potatoes you wish. For example, garlic mashed potatoes with Yukon gold’s with the skin on would be a great variation. Alternatively, even escalloped potatoes, where large Idaho’s are peeled and sliced into ¼-inch thin pieces, blanched and chilled and layered with sautéed onions. And another option, a layer of caramelized onions would be great inside this layered casserole dish.
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|2||Lbs.||Chicken breast, boneless, skinless|
|1||Tbsp||Finger Lickin’ Rub, or any BBQ Rub spice|
|1||Lb.||Cheddar cheese, shredded|
|2||Cups||Peas, blanched and chilled|
|2||Cups||Baby carrots, blanched and chilled|
|Procedure Steps Note: Pre heat oven to 350° F.|
|1.||Coat the chicken breast with the olive oil and then season on all sides with the rub.|
|2.||Heat a large sauté pan over high heat and sauté the chicken breasts until cooked through. Once cooked through allow the breasts to rest for 5 minutes or so. On a cutting board and using two forks, pull apart the chicken breast meat to shred the meat into small bit size strips.|
|3.||Have the other ingredients prepared and ready for making the layers. Lightly grease a 9” x 11” casserole with butter or non-stick spray and evenly distribute ½ of the chicken on the bottom. Next, add ½ of the carrots, ½ of the peas, and then spread on ½ of the potatoes. If using caramelized onions also, add them next. Then top this with ½ of the cheese. Continue with adding the remaining layers of chicken, peas, carrots, potatoes, onions, and then finishing with the cheese.|
|4.||Sprinkle the top evenly with the paprika.|
|5.||Place in the pre heated oven for 45 minutes or until the cheese is melted and slightly bubbling on the edges.|