Chicken & Mushroom Shepherd's Pie


The creamy chicken filling is spiked with sherry and the potatoes are mashed with olive oil in this healthy shepherd's pie recipe. To make individual pies, use six 10-ounce ramekins. Serve with a green salad with balsamic vinaigrette and crusty bread.

Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 servings



  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled if desired and cut into 1-inch chunks

  • ½ cup low-fat milk

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 ounces cremini (baby bella) mushrooms, halved and sliced

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ cup dry sherry (see Tip)

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth or homemade chicken stock

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken (1/2-inch; about 10 ounces)

  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. To prepare topping: Place potatoes in a large saucepan and add cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the pan. Add milk, 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt; mash.

  2. Preheat oven to 400degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan or similar 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  3. To prepare filling: Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are starting to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Pour in sherry and cook, stirring, until almost evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk broth (or stock) and flour in a bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in chicken, peas and carrots, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Spread the mashed potatoes on top.

  4. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet. Bake until the potatoes are browned in spots and the filling is bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare filling (Step 3) and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat before topping and baking.

Use dry sherry instead of “cooking sherry” in recipes calling for sherry. It adds depth of flavor to sauces, soups and stews without adding extra salt that's in cooking sherry. Look for it near other fortified wines.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

353 Calories
12g Fat
38g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 353
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Vitamin A 2286IU 46%
Vitamin C 17mg 18%
Folate 72mcg 18%
Sodium 485mg 21%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 64mg 15%
Potassium 1130mg 24%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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