Recipe: Chicken Tamale Pie

I can absolutely tell you that this was delicious and it was just about the ugliest thing I have made in ages. In the future I would probably add some jalapenos and made diced up onions and peppers to it but this was a big hit as is.

Chicken Tamale Pie
Serves 6
An ugly but delicious way to change up your cornbread or casserole routine.
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
  1. 2-3 chicken thighs (bone in)
  2. 14 ounces canned tomatoes
  3. 2 tablespoons mexican spice mix
  4. 100ml salsa
  5. chipolte, garlic, salt, pepper - to taste
Cornbread Base
  1. 65g cornmeal
  2. 85g flour
  3. 10g sugar
  4. 10g baking powder
  5. 5g salt
  6. 4 tablespoons oil
  7. 80ml milk
  8. 1 egg
  9. 250g cheese, grated
  1. In a tall sided pot, heat oil and brown chicken on both sides.
  2. To the pot add the canned tomatoes, spices, and salsa. Add enough water until chicken is covered then simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 175°C and grease a 9" round pan OR a medium sized rectangle pan.
  4. Make the cornbread base: In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add to the oil, milk and egg until combined.
  6. Press this mixture in to the greased pan and cook about 20 minutes, or until set.
  7. When the chicken is finished, shred the chicken and add back to the sauce, then place that mixture over the cornbread base and spread it evenly.
  8. Top with shredded cheese, and bake again until the cheese is melted through, about 20-30 minutes.
Adapted from Or Whatever You Do
Mab Made Food

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