Comfort food for the soul
Posted: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
With Valentines Day fast approaching, Ive already been thinking about how Robert and I will celebrate. In the midst of planning for this year, I remembered the delicious dish I made last Valentines: chicken pot shepherds pie. If you like chicken pot pie, youd love this meal. Its one of the best comfort dishes and is perfect for the cold days weve been having. Plus, if youre living gluten free, its a great alternative to pastry as the top is mashed potato.
Have I drawn you in yet? If youre interested in trying this delicious chicken dish, follow these instructions. I promise you wont be disappointed.
Chicken Pot Shepherds Pie
2 pieces of chicken
3/4 of a bag of mixed frozen vegetables
Twenty diced mushrooms
1 can of cream of chicken soup (now, Ill admit, my mum made this gluten-free for me. But, if you cant find GF cream of chicken, cream of mushroom should be fairly similar)
Three big potatoes
3 tablespoons of low-fat milk
1 oz of butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Boil the potatoes until they are soft. Once cooked, remove from stove and drain water. Add the milk and the butter and mash potatoes to desired consistency. Put to the side.
Cut your chicken into cubed pieces and cook. Half way through cooking the chicken, add the mushrooms. When the chicken is almost done, add the mixed vegetables and the soup. Cook until heated through and chicken is cooked.
Next, pour the chicken mixture into an 11 x 9 casserole dish. Pour the mashed potatoes on top of the chicken mixture. Cover the potatoes with butter to help them brown in the oven.
Cook the dish in the oven for at least thirty minutes. My potatoes didnt brown on top, but I knew they were done when the mixture started bubbling. If after thirty minutes your mixture isnt bubbling, continue cooking until it does.
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