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chicken tamale pie

Tamale pie? Um yes please! I was perusing through recipes to see if anything different jumped out and found this gem. Pretty simple to make, really flavorful, and deliciously spicy (only if you want it to be)! Get at this!


3 cups diced cooked chicken (I used chicken breasts)
1 1/2 cups prepared salsa
15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tbs chili powder
2 scallions (white and green parts), sliced
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 tbs unsalted butter
Salt & Pepper
Sour cream, for serving
*Next time I think I’ll toss in some sweet onions to the chicken mixture and some jalepeno into the cornbread mixture

First cook the chicken, I usually bake skinless, boneless chicken breasts in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Once cooked through, remove from the oven and cut into pieces. Then preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Next add the cooked chicken, salsa, beans, 1/2 cup of the broth and the chili powder to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat.


Stir until simmering.

Then stir in the scallions and remove from the heat.


Meanwhile, combine the cornmeal with the remaining 1 cup broth and 1 cup water in a medium pan.


Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring, until very thick, 5 to 7 minutes.


Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and butter. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.


Spread the cornmeal mixture over the filling and bake until cooked through, about 30 minutes. My skillet is bigger than the 10 inches recommended for this recipe, oops. So the cornmeal mixture should look thicker than below.


Let stand for 15 minutes. Serve with sour cream and I put some green salsa in there too for good measure! Original recipe here!


2 thoughts on “chicken tamale pie

  1. Have not heard of Tamale pie, but will definitely try and make it myself.

    1. It was really good! I think next time I’ll throw in some chunky veggies to the chicken mixture too, like onions & tomatoes. Let me know how you like it! 🙂

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