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Country Chicken Cottage Pie

Country Chicken Cottage Pie
Serves: 4-6 prep time cook time

This Country Chicken Cottage Pie is a one-dish wonder. Tender-poached chicken combined with chunky vegetables in creamy sauce, topped off with a creamy mash and sprinkled with cheese. A delectable family meal!


  • Chicken Casserole
  • 500g boneless chicken breasts, skin on
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, sliced and washed
  • 50g butter
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups Wattie's frozen vegetables - Chunky Mix

  • Mashed Potato Topping
  • 800g potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup milk
  • 30g butter
  • ½ cup grated cheese
Made with


1. Place the chicken breasts in a saucepan, skin side up. Add 1½ cups water, bay leaf and sliced onion. Cover and poach gently over a medium heat for 10 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through. Turn the chicken over halfway through cooking. Remove the chicken from the pan and strain cooking stock, reserving 1 cup. Remove the skin from the chicken, cut meat into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat the butter in the saucepan. Add leek and garlic and cook until the leek starts to soften, but not brown. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually add the reserved stock and milk, stirring constantly until sauce boils and thickens. Continue cooking a further 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

3. Stir the cooked chicken and the Wattie’s frozen Chunky Mix into the sauce. Spoon into a lasagne-style dish.

4. For the mashed potato topping, boil potatoes in lightly salted water untill tender. Drain and mash, adding milk and butter, untill smooth and creamy. Spoon over the chicken and rough the top with a fork. Sprinkle over grated cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until hot and golden.


For variation replace half the potatoes with kumara.

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11 Ratings Country Chicken Cottage Pie

Ros Howse's Review | Rating

Easy to make, looked good but lacked any real flavour.

Kim Fisher's Review | Rating

Looked good, colourful with lots of texture but very bland no real flavour needs something.

Renee Earl's Review | Rating

Fry the chicken in butter with onions before you poach + keep the onions in the dish. I found this to add more flavour.

Trevor Jenkins's Review | Rating

My family loved it as is. Infact I'm now under instructions to make some into pies and freeze them so the kids can come home and nuke them for snacks :)

Trevor Jenkins's Review | Rating

My family loved it as is. In fact I'm under instructions to make them into single serve pies and freeze them so the kids can come home and nuke them for snacks :)

Carmen Byrt's Review | Rating

I used the onions in the dish. Yummy!!!

Alan Turton's Review | Rating

Very similar to fish pie but very Yummy.

Alan Turton's Review | Rating

This time round I used thinly sliced leeks 1?4 Cup with the onion and about 6 medium button mushrooms diced thinly1/2 a cup. It was even better!!

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naomi sakaria's Review | Rating

It lacked flavour. Unanimous family decision, try adding mushroom, ham & seasoning

Cheyenne's Review | Rating

it was delightful yummy but lacked flavour ..