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Chicken Tamale Pie

Chicken Tamale Pie

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican Inspired, Tex-Mex
Keyword chicken-tamale-pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 650kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 oz light whipped cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cup salsa
  • ¾ cup half & half
  • 3 cups chopped roasted chicken
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon quality taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend OR Monterey Jack cheese divided
  • 2 7.5 oz box corn muffin mix
  • 1 cup cream style corn
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon butter melted
  • pico de gallo for garnishing


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 3 quart baking dish or oven safe skillet with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • To make the filling: In a stove top saute pan, over medium-high heat, cook the onion and jalapeno in a couple drizzles of oil until softened and are beginning to brown. Season with salt and black pepper. Add the minced garlic and saute for 1 minute longer.
  • To the pan add whipped cream cheese and salsa. Cook on medium-low just until the cream cheese has melted.
  • Add half & half, chicken, cilantro, taco seasoning and seasoned salt to the pan. Stir just until the chicken is evenly coated with the sauce. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle with 1 ½ cup cheese.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix together corn muffin mix, cream style corn, buttermilk and butter until the ingredients are evenly moistened. Spread over filling. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden and the edges are bubbly. Test the center with a toothpick looking for moist crumbs. 
  • Serve with fresh pico de gallo and a dollop of sour cream, if desired.


  • Use mild, medium or hot salsa, your personal preference. 
  • This tamale pie may be served with a mole sauce drizzled on top just before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1767mg | Potassium: 704mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1086IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 397mg | Iron: 1mg