Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chicken Shepherd's Pie in the Toaster Oven



I'm so excited as I'm writing down this recipe of a chicken shepherd's pie because I've just finished experimenting with a black pepper chicken shepherd's pie this afternoon and it was a success!

My mum's kitchen is lacking a conventional oven so baking anything in the kitchen is remotely impossible. And just in case boyfriend starts to think that I'm such a lazy girlfriend with no kitchen skills to boot and no dishes to capture his stomach he may consider chucking me aside. Photobucket JUST kidding. hahaha

So the other day I was looking up the net for a chicken shepherd's pie recipe that could work with a toaster oven and I came across this. The ingredients and preparation method seems simple enough and I came up with my own recipe after making some adaptations:
Ingredients for 6 servings:
  • 300g minced meat 
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Half an onion
  • Corn
  • Diced or sliced button mushrooms 
  • Six potatoes
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Salt, Pepper, Light Soy sauce
  • Herb Spices (Optional)
  • Egg (Optional)
Boyfriend not a fan of vegetables so definitely no peas nor carrots for him and I've added my favourite button mushrooms into the mix! So here we go

Preparing mashed potatoes:






Peel and cut the potatoes and bring them to a boil until the potatoes are soft enough to be mashed. As they take some time to boil I like to have them diced into small pieces. In that way they would be cooked faster.

So once they are soft enough, drain away the water, add some butter, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Amount all go by agaration haha. Milk is added to make the mashed potatoes more creamy. So once everything is done leave it aside to cool.

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Preparing the chicken filing:

You will probably need the rest of the ingredients on the list.

To save time, I'll chop some garlic, onion and mushrooms while boiling the potatoes. For the corn, if you have uncooked corn on hand, what I do is I'll usually throw a bit of them in a skimmer and boil them together with the potatoes.




No you definitely dont need that much. If you wish to go for fresh corn kernels, you can get a corn cob and remove the corn kernels using a knife. Something like this:




 

Herb spices or cracked black pepper is entirely optional. Because we have them at home boyfriend just suggested we sprinkle a bit of them in for good measure.


  1. Pour some cooking oil into the pan and fry the garlic and onions together until they start to dance and are golden in color. Make sure they dont turn into dark brown in color because that means the garlic is overcooked and it will make everything taste bitter!)
  2. Then you dump the rest of the ingredients in - minced chicken, mushrooms and corn and fry the whole lot together. There's carrots in the picture because pictures were from different batches of cooking! Add a pinch of salt, pepper and very very little (1 teaspoon) of light soy sauce to taste. Or rather I would say add whatever seasonings you would like.



And when it's all cooked you can start lining your tin foil with mashed potatoes, followed by the chicken filling, and top the layer off with mashed potatoes again. So there's 3 layers!



One optional part that I do from time to time is to beat up some eggs and pour a bit of them to top off the chicken shepherd's pie as it would give them a nice egg crust that's golden color once it's out of the toaster! But you could also make do without it and have your shepherd's pie come out as nice with a golden potato crust. Photobucket


Pop them into the toaster for around 8-10 minutes and it'll be done!!
By one serving I refer to one round tin foil.


And this is the egg crust!










So here's my finished product with all my favourite ingredients in it and it tastes superb!! Boyfriend tried it and he was like Photobucket. It tastes like beef lasagne! Just that it's chicken flavored hahaha. 

Personally I think this recipe is almost fussy free and simple to prepare. Great for occasions like picnic or purely just to impress your boyfriend and prove that you can actually whip out something nice lol wtf. Have a great time trying!

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