Buffalo Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

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Buffalo Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

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They say everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but I’m Polish and Ukranian. Sure we Eastern Europeans know our way around a cabbage, and potatoes are also a common ingredient, but I don’t think corned beef entered my vernacular, much less my mouth, till I was an adult. Yeah, my mom hung shamrocks (she is a wee but obsessed with decorating for EVERY holiday – it’s a teacher thing, I think), and I wore green, but that was as far as the “celebrating” went.

So all over my foodie friends’ blogs, I’m seeing Irish cream this and Guinness that and soda bread this and corned beef that. I’m just not entirely feeling it. Sure, back in the early blog days I made Lucky Charms Cupcakes and a Shamrock Green Smoothie, but that’s kind of as far as it went.

So for this year, here is my St. Patrick’s Day offering to you. It’s shepherd’s pie. That’s an Irish thing, right? Only mine is made with Buffalo chicken. And sweet potatoes. And blue cheese. Just a hunch, but when it comes to Frank’s Red Hot, I don’t think the Irish are putting that s*** on everything.

But I am. Because I loves me some Buffalo chicken, as long as it isn’t in wing form.

So here’s Buffalo chicken shepherd’s pie.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Also, apparently I am on an orange food kick. #sorrynotsorry

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I know it doesn’t look like much, but trust me on this one. You’ve all seen my {Healthier} Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes, right? Well, if you haven’t, check out that recipe now. And make it. Sooo good. So basically I just took that, only I left the carrots in round slices instead of dicing it to make it a little more shepherd’s pie-ish, threw it in a casserole dish and topped it with sweet potatoes and blue cheese.

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Can you say brilliant? The four of us attacked this Buffalo chicken shepherd’s pie.

I am actually kind of shocked there was any left. Even the little guy. Yup, all over that spicy stuff. It was actually kind of hilarious. I think he is even responsible for finishing the leftovers. Go figure!

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How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

5 from 1 vote

Buffalo Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

Transform traditional shepherd's pie into something new by filling it with spicy Buffalo chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, and blue cheese. Buffalo Chicken Shepherd's Pie will easily become a new family favorite recipe!
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour


  • 1 pound sweet potatoes cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • half of a medium onion chopped (about ½ c)
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken breast
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup hot sauce I used Frank’s Red Hot. Use more or less, depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon butter cut into tiny pieces


  • Place the sweet potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water, bring to a boil and boil for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash with milk and salt. Set aside.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add onions, carrots, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until onions are becoming translucent and vegetables are softening.
  • Add the ground chicken, and cook until done, breaking up the meat as it cooks.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, hot sauce, and Worcestershire, and simmer for several minutes, until heated through.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F and coat a 9 inch square glass baking dish with oil or cooking spray.
  • Transfer the chicken mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the blue cheese over the chicken mixture.
  • Carefully top the chicken and cheese with the mashed sweet potatoes and spread into an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of the blue cheese over the top of the sweet potatoes and dot with the butter.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through and bubbling.
Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 1013mg42%
Potassium 949mg27%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 14684IU294%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 159mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. Brianne, I love this unique take on Sheperd’s Pie – my hubby would love this! Thanks so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and pinning to our party board. Hope you have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh, wow. This looks AMAZING. My daughter is so spice sensitive that she won’t eat buffalo anything… so I’m putting this at the top of the list of things to make when she won’t be home. I must have it now!

    1. Haha, funny you are meal planning for when your daughter won’t be home. You can always just put in a little hot sauce (or none, I suppose), then add some to individual servings.

  3. I’m guessing you are right about the Irish not using Frank’s Hot Sauce but in my humble opinion, most dishes can be improved with some chili peppers or hot sauce. I love the spicy flavors you’ve got going on here, Brianne, especially with the sweet potatoes. Lovely variation on an old favorite of mine!

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