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Escondidinho de Frango (Brazilian Chicken Shepherd's Pie)

Escondidinho de frango (Brazilian chicken shepherd's pie) is a homey, comforting one dish wonder or casserole that can be made from leftovers!!!
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • For the mashed cassava/yuca:
  • 2.2 pounds cassava or yuca frozen or fresh (if you prefer, use potatoes instead), 1 kg
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened or melted
  • 1 to 1-1/4 heavy cream warm, or whole milk or coconut milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Knorr chicken flavored bouillon powder optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of any shredded melting cheese of your preference (e.g. Gruyère, white cheddar, fontina, gouda, etc)
  • For the chicken:
  • 6 strips thick-cut uncooked smoked bacon medium diced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion small diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-1/2 pounds roasted chicken shredded, about 700 g
  • 1 cup collard greens cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or cilantro


  • To prepare the mashed cassava/yuca: If using fresh cassava or yuca, peel it first (frozen cassava, such as Goya brand, is already peeled). Then, place peeled cassava in a pot filled with cold water and let boil over high heat for about 15-20 minutes or until fork-soft. Remove from the heat, reserve about 1 cup of the water, and drain. Place cooked cassava on a cutting board and while cassava is still warm but can be handle without burning, remove the woody fiber from the center. Place warm cassava back into the pot, pour the reserved warm water on top, and mash very well using a masher. Stir in the butter, heavy cream, chicken bouillon (optional), salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Cheese will be used later in the assembling of the dish!
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Butter or spray (with non stick cooking spray) a 13 x 9-inch (about 33 x 23 cm) baking dish and set aside.
  • To prepare the chicken: In a medium to large non stick dutch oven, cook the diced bacon over medium-high heat for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Remove bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon, place into a bowl or plate, and set aside. In the same pan where bacon has just cooked, sweat the onion in the residual bacon fat over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, add the minced garlic and let cook for about 1 minute over medium heat. Add the shredded chicken and sauté over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the greens and sauté for about 1 minute. Add the wine and let almost evaporate. Stir in the tomato sauce, the reserved cooked bacon, and salt and pepper to taste. Let cook uncovered over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the cooked corn kernels, and the chopped parsley or cilantro. Set aside.
  • To assemble the escondidinho de frango (chicken pie): Spoon chicken mixture in one single layer into the greased baking dish. Layer mashed cassava/yuca on top of the chicken layer. Finish by sprinkling shredded cheese on top of the mashed cassava/yuca, distributing uniformly. Cover tightly with a sheet of aluminum foil (Please, make sure that the foil does not touch the cheese or grease the inner part of the foil with cooking spray so cheese won't stick to the foil). Bake for 30-40 minutes. Serve escondidinho de frango warm by itself or accompanied by a fresh salad or steamed vegetables. Enjoy!!!

Recipe Notes

There is more than one way to make escondidinho de frango (or Brazilian chicken pie). This is my version which takes corn and collard greens in it.
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