Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chicken Tamale Casserole

Just the mention of tamales takes me back to childhood days and the awesome cooking of my Puerto Rican godmother.  To this day I have not had a tamale as good as hers, but she slaved away for hours making hers from scratch.

This recipe is a blend of tex-mex dishes and better yet, fast and easy preparation since it is semi-homemade.  Although it calls for rotisserie chicken, I'm thinking that leftover pork, chicken or turkey would work just as well, making it more economical.

Shawn from I Wash . . . You Dry, one of my favorite food blogs, adapted the recipe from the January 2014 edition of Family Circle Magazine.

Yield: serves 6 to 8


    • 1 package (8.5 oz) corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy)
    • 1 can (14.5 oz) cream-style corn
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 2 cups shredded taco cheese blend, divided
    • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
    • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken, from rotisserie chicken

    Optional Toppings:

    • diced tomato
    • sour cream
    • shredded lettuce
    • sliced black olives
    • chopped green onions
    • finely chopped cilantro
    • salsa


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

Lightly spray a 9x13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine  corn muffin mix, cream-style corn, eggs, milk, chili powder, cumin and 1 cup of cheese in a large bowl.  Stir until ingredients are completely combined.

Pour into casserole dish. 

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven.

Use a knife to pierce the cornbread mixture several times all over and pour the enchilada sauce over the top of the casserole. 

Sprinkle the top with shredded chicken and remaining cheese. 

Bake  20 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces and serving with optional toppings. 

Recipe and Photo Source: I Wash, You Dry

Shawn's first cookbook, Express Lane Cooking, was recently released  . . . you can read more about it HERE.

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