Chicken Tamale Pie

Lunch / Dinner

Chicken Tamale Pie

If you love tamales but don’t want to mess around with corn husks and fussy assembly, this tamale baked in a skillet will be right up your alley. This all-in-one pie is piled high with Mexican flavors and textures. It’s a surefire way to satisfy even the hungriest of diners.

Here’s a recipe for tamale pie that has a little bit of everything in it. From shredded chicken to tender cornbread and ooey-gooey melted cheese, there’s not much missing in this dish.

For a crispy, golden crust on the bottom, preheat the cast-iron skillet in the oven while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Then, when you’re ready to assemble, pour the cornbread batter into the butter-coated hot skillet. The buttermilk cornbread soaks up the fresh tomato sauce and is topped with shredded chicken and a blend of cheeses for a heavenly, creamy finish.


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Preheat oven to 425°. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven.

Pulse 2 cups tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a food processor until nearly puréed.

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium. Stir in chili powder, 1 Tbsp. flour, and cumin; cook 1 minute. Whisk in broth and tomato mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer sauce until thickened, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season sauce with salt and pepper, then cool. Reserve ½ cup sauce, then stir in chicken and remaining 1 cup tomatoes.

Combine cornmeal, ½ cup flour, baking powder, sugar, and 1 tsp. salt.

Whisk together egg, buttermilk, and melted butter. Fold in dry ingredients just until combined, then stir in corn and green chiles.

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in preheated skillet; carefully add batter and bake 20 minutes. Poke holes in cornbread; spread reserved ½ cup sauce over top. Add chicken mixture, sprinkle with cheese, and bake pie 10 minutes.


For the ideal texture, pulse the tomatoes, onions, and garlic until nearly puréed.


To prevent overmixing the cornbread batter, fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 490

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 22g 33%

Saturated Fat 12g 60%

Cholesterol 122mg 40%

Sodium 948mg 39%

Carbs 42g 14%

Protein 30g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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