Leftover Chicken Shepherd’s Pie Recipe (also great for leftover turkey!)

This Chicken Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is a delicious twist on traditional Shepherd’s Pie. It comes together quickly and easily and is an awesome way to use leftover chicken or turkey!

An overhead image of a plate of Shepherd's pie

Try some other great recipes for using leftover chicken or turkey like Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Copycat Panera Bread Chicken Salad.

Leftover Chicken Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Meet your new favorite leftover meal: Chicken Shepherd’s Pie. I love traditional Shepherd’s Pie as much as the next person, in fact, some of the best Shepherd’s Pie I’ve had has been the classic variety that you can find at all the good Irish pubs. But sometimes it’s a good idea to add your own twist, especially when it allows you to repurpose leftovers.

Which is actually what inspired me to make this recipe. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I was in search of a good way to use leftover turkey, and this particular recipe provides the added bonus of using leftover mashed potatoes if you have them. It’s quick, easy and totally comforting!

An overhead image of a pan of Shepherd's Pie

Tips for making Shepherd’s Pie

  • To keep things simple, I like to use frozen mixed veggies. You could also use leftover cooked veggies of your choice, just add them at the last minute before covering with potatoes and baking.
  • If you have leftover mashed potatoes, this is the perfect recipe to use them. I like to heat them up in a medium pan and depending on their texture, you can add a little milk to make them creamier (start slow- you can always add more).
  • This recipe makes a smaller pan, around 8×8 or 9×9. If you need more you can always double the recipe for a 9×13 pan.

a close up photo of a plate of shepherd's pie

Can you make shepherd’s pie ahead?

I’d say assemble it and then bake it later. Just adjust your baking time so that it gets fully heated through.

What if I don’t cook with alcohol?

No problem, just replace the wine with additional chicken broth.

What goes with shepherd’s pie?

The thing I love most about this easy shepherd’s pie recipe is that it’s already got everything you need in it to make it a well-rounded meal on it’s own. That said, a green salad and some crusty bread would always go well with this!

How long does shepherd’s pie last?

Depending on how old the leftovers are, 2-3 days covered in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze shepherd’s pie?

Yes, but I’d bake it through first.

A place with the potatoes and filling of shephed's pie on it.

Ingredients for making this easy Shepherd’s Pie:

  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • Cooked chicken or turkey
  • Chicken broth
  • White wine
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Mashed potatoes

Ingredients to prep ahead:

  • Dice onion
  • Peel garlic
  • Cook and shred chicken (or shred a rotisserie chicken)
  • Make mashed potatoes

Helpful tools:

  1. Large saute pan
  2. Wooden spoon
  3. Chef’s knife
  4. Cutting board
  5. Measuring cups
  6. Measuring spoons
  7. 8″ x 8″ baking pan

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This Chicken Shepherd's Pie Recipe is a delicious twist on traditional Shepherd's Pie. It comes together quickly and easily and is an awesome way to use leftover chicken or turkey!
Leftover Chicken Shepherd's Pie Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This Chicken Shepherd's Pie Recipe is a delicious twist on traditional Shepherd's Pie. It comes together quickly and easily and is an awesome way to use leftover chicken or turkey!

Course: Main, Main Course, Main dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shepherd's pie recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 14 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or broth)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper,
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup milk (optional- this is to mix in with the potatoes while reheating them and should only be used if you want to make them creamier. Add it in slowly, a tablespoon at a time).
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium high heat.

  3. Add onion and saute stirring often to soften, about 3 minutes.

  4. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.

  5. Add flour and stir until no lumps remain. Cook for another minute.

  6. Add frozen vegetables and chicken and mix well.

  7. Stir in broth, wine, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning until well combined.

  8. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.

  9. While the chicken mixture boils, reheat heat potatoes in an medium pan until creamy and heated through (you can add a little milk to make them creamier if you want).

  10. Pour the chicken mixture into an 8" x 8" baking pan. Carefully spread the potatoes in an even layer on top of the chicken mixture and smooth the top as best you can.

  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and serve.

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  • Reply
    February 9, 2020 at 3:21 pm My family loved this! I didn’t have enough broth on hand so I added some cream of chicken soup. I also doctored up my mashed potatoes with cream cheese and garlic. The end result was delicious! Thank you for a yummy recipe!
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      Jessy Freimann
      February 13, 2020 at 11:12 am I'm so glad you loved it Hayley- it sounds like you made some seriously delicious changes!
    • Reply
      July 31, 2020 at 12:03 pm Good idea about the cream of chicken soup. I added it to the shopping list after I read your comment.
  • Reply
    March 30, 2020 at 6:13 pm Will definitely make again, delicious. Thank you for sharing.
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    April 15, 2020 at 1:44 pm I'm a 15-year-old, and I wanted to do something with the leftover chicken breasts we have so they wouldn't go bad. Stumpled upon this recipe, thought I'd give it a shot. Parents loved it!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      April 19, 2020 at 1:53 pm It's so awesome that you're cooking- I wish I had done more cooking at 15! So glad you guys enjoyed it!
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    May 8, 2020 at 8:44 pm Tastes great! I had leftover roast chicken and really wanted pot pie but no time for it. This recipe is so easy to follow and was perfect for what I wanted.
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    November 20, 2020 at 7:43 pm I made this for the first time 2 weeks ago and my daughter (who is 30 and doesn't normally like such things) demanded I make it again tonight! A definite hit, she even takes the leftovers to work for lunch! So I'm making it again lol. Thank you so much for the recipe idea!
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      Jessy Freimann
      November 21, 2020 at 5:20 pm Thanks so much for sharing Sharon! As the wife of an extremely picky eater, it always means so much to me to hear about when someone likes a recipe of mine that they wouldn't normally be into!

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