Chicken Chile Tamale Pie

© Lucy Schaeffer

Chicken-Chili Tamale Pie

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN

This chicken chili tamale pie recipe combines two Southern comfort foods in one dish: the spicy corn and chicken chili is topped with buttery and cheesy corn bread.

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Chicken Chili

  1. 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  2. 1 large onion, chopped

  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced

  4. 1 large jalapeño, seeded and minced

  5. 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels

  6. 2 tablespoons New Mexico chile powder

  7. 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  8. Salt

  9. 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  10. 5 cups shredded chicken (from 2 rotisserie chickens)

  11. 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  12. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. 1 1/2 cups coarse cornmeal

  2. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  3. 3 tablespoons sugar

  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder

  5. 1 teaspoon salt

  6. 6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)

  7. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

  8. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  9. 3 large eggs, beaten

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeño and corn kernels and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Stir in the chile powder and cumin, season with salt and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste. Add the chicken and broth and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the chili thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cilantro. Pour the chili into a 9-by-13-inch ceramic baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the cornmeal with the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in three fourths of the cheddar. In a small bowl, combine the milk with the oil and eggs. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until evenly moistened.
  3. Spoon the batter over the chili and sprinkle with the remaining cheddar. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes, until the cornbread is golden. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Make Ahead
The recipe can be prepared through Step 1 and refrigerated for up to 3 days.