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chicken tamale bake

by Shawni
My sister Saydi (who is an awesome cook) gave me this recipe when I was in dire straits for some ideas for dinner years ago.  (It is from Cooking Light so you can google it there too.)
We have made it soooooo many times since then.  
This is what you need:

 …along with some cooked, diced chicken.

Easy peasy.

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Then mix these ingredients in a large bowl:

1/4 c. shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend (I usually just use cheddar because that’s usually what I’ve got on hand)

1/3 c. nonfat milk

1/4 c. egg substitute (I just use an egg)

1 tsp. cumin

1/8 tsp. ground red pepper

1 (14 3/4 ounce) can cream style corn

1 (8 1/2 ounce) box corn muffin mix (I just used a portion of that bigger one pictured above)

1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained

Stir just until moist.  Pour into 9×13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes (or until firm).

Take out of the oven and poke it liberally with a fork.

Pour 1 (10-0z.) can red enchilada sauce over the top (we use mild because one time I used spicy and the kids did not like that).

Top the enchilada sauce with

2 c. shredded cooked chicken breasts and 

3/4 c. more Mexican cheese.

Bake for another 15 minutes or until cheese melts.

Serve with sour cream and a little chopped cilantro.

(and a little love from someone who wanted to make the table up special 🙂


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gaylene November 21, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Now I'm hungry. I need to get the ingredients for this!

Kelleyn Rothaermel November 21, 2013 - 5:51 pm

That looks good! I am going to have to try this. It is kind of like a Mexican Pizza!

Tyra November 21, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Yum that looks good. Thank you for sharing.

Megan R. November 21, 2013 - 6:31 pm

I'm going to try this! I pinned it to my food board so I can find it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Rorie Linford November 21, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Mmm, that sounds good and I have all the ingredients for it!

Eyrealm November 22, 2013 - 6:03 am


Rebecca November 22, 2013 - 4:51 pm

I tried this last night and my family devoured it and complained because I only made one. Do you really only make one for your family? We are a family of 7 and I know we would go through two for sure and three if I let them at one meal. We two teenage boys is the main issue. I also served it with sides. I'm going to try it next time with ground turkey – Delicious and sooo easy to make!!!

Jen November 26, 2013 - 12:25 pm

I'm a new reader but wanted to let you know that I made this for dinner last night and it was a HUGE hit!! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. It will be a "new regular" in our house!


Unknown March 21, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Love this go-to dinner idea! Using it again tonight. You're the best! Thank you for sharing your great ideas to help our families be GREAT!

Unknown March 21, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Love this go-to dinner idea! Using it again tonight. You're the best! Thank you for sharing your great ideas to help our families be GREAT!

Tia December 11, 2017 - 7:09 pm

This is probably the 30th time I've revisited your website for this recipe. We LOVE LOVE LOVE it at our house. Thanks for sharing it!


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