This green chile chicken tamale pie is a quick and easy dinner idea! Flavorful chicken with cheese and green chiles with a cornbread ‘crust’.  Prepare the chicken ahead of time to make it even quicker! Perfect for a weeknight meal. 

This green chile chicken tamale pie is a quick and easy dinner idea! Flavorful chicken with cheese and green chiles with a cornbread 'crust'. Prepare the chicken ahead of time to make it even quicker! Perfect for a weeknight meal.

Green Chile Chicken Tamale Pie. Tamales are the best right? Although it’s not really practical to make them for a quick weeknight meal.  Instead, we can make this tamale pie!  The hubs’ favorite tamale is the cheese and green chiles.  This is a little play on that.  With some chicken added in to give a little heartiness.

This green chile chicken tamale pie is a quick and easy dinner idea! Flavorful chicken with cheese and green chiles with a cornbread 'crust'. Prepare the chicken ahead of time to make it even quicker! Perfect for a weeknight meal.

The chicken is my new favorite way to cook chicken.  And it’s how I made the chicken in the Zucchini Boat Chicken Enchiladas.  Super easy.  To make this meal even easier on a busy weekday, just make the chicken ahead of time.

This green chile chicken tamale pie is a quick and easy dinner idea! Flavorful chicken with cheese and green chiles with a cornbread 'crust'. Prepare the chicken ahead of time to make it even quicker! Perfect for a weeknight meal.

Can I be honest?  I never really thought that cornbread created a realistic substitution for a tamale.  But then I made a tamale pie because I needed to take pictures, and not because we needed a dinner.  Part of the job.  So this particular tamale pie sat in the fridge for a day before I reheated it for dinner the next day.

And you may find me weird..but.. Leaving it for a day really made the cornbread take on the texture of a tamale.  I am not a fan of leftovers myself.  But this?!  amazing.  Maybe even better!

This green chile chicken tamale pie is a quick and easy dinner idea! Flavorful chicken with cheese and green chiles with a cornbread 'crust'. Prepare the chicken ahead of time to make it even quicker! Perfect for a weeknight meal.

This green chile chicken tamale pie is a quick and easy dinner idea! Flavorful chicken with cheese and green chiles with a cornbread 'crust'. Prepare the chicken ahead of time to make it even quicker! Perfect for a weeknight meal.

The best part about tamale pie?  You can load it up with all your favorite toppings.  I think we all know my love for tossing tomatoes, cilantro, and sour cream on things.  And by things I mean my tex mex food.

This green chile chicken tamale pie is a quick and easy dinner idea! Flavorful chicken with cheese and green chiles with a cornbread 'crust'. Prepare the chicken ahead of time to make it even quicker! Perfect for a weeknight meal.

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Green Chile Chicken Tamale Pie


  • Author: Serene @ House of Yumm
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

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This green chile chicken tamale pie is a quick and easy dinner idea! Flavorful chicken with cheese and green chiles with a cornbread ‘crust’. Prepare the chicken ahead of time to make it even quicker! Perfect for a weeknight meal.


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Ingredients

Green Chile Chicken Filling

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (approximately half a small onion)
  • 4 ounces diced green chiles
  • 2 cups jack cheese

Cornbread Crust

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels

Optional Toppings

  • tomatoes
  • green onion
  • cilantro
  • sour cream

Instructions

Green Chile Chicken Filling

  1. In a large skillet heat the olive oil. Add the chicken. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Cook about 7 minutes on each side until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from the skillet and place on cutting board.
  2. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and allow to cook for a few minutes until the onion is softened and translucent. Remove from heat.
  3. Shred the chicken and place in a bowl. Add the garlic powder, cumin, cooked onion, green chiles, and 1 cup of the jack cheese. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Cornbread Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease 9 inch cast iron skillet with butter or baking spray.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl add the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir with a fork to combine.
  3. Pour in the hot water and melted butter. Stir until mixed. Fold in the corn kernels.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cast iron skillet. Spoon the chicken filling into the center of the skillet on top of the cornbread batter. Leave about a 1/4 of an inch around the edge as a crust. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for about 25-28 minutes. Until cheese is melted and the cornbread is cooked through and golden on the edges.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!