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Chicken Tamale Pie

This Chicken Tamale Pie tastes just like tamales! With a traditional masa harina crust, shredded chicken, diced veggies, and salsa verde, it's much easier and quicker to make, full of flavor and the perfect #SundaySupper.
Prep Time2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican/American
Servings: 8
Calories: 469kcal
Author: Bernadette


  • 3 ½ cups masa harina
  • 3 ½ cups chicken stock, divided
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening or lard
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups finely shredded cooked chicken breast
  • ¾ cup finely diced green bell pepper (any color is fine)
  • ¾ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
  • ½ cup salsa verde
  • Cooking spray


  • Stir together the masa harina and 3 cups chicken stock in a medium-size bowl. In a large mixing bowl combine ¾ cup vegetable shortening, salt, and baking powder. Mix together with an electric beater on low speed. Add the masa, large serving spoonfuls at a time, continuing to beat on medium speed until fully combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening or lard in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute the diced bell pepper, onions, corn, and jalapenos for 3-5 minutes until just beginning to soften. Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded chicken. ½ cup chicken stock, and salsa verde. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the masa from the refrigerator and beat with an electric mixer one more time. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Spread about ⅔ of the masa evenly across the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Fill with the chicken mixture. Carefully spread the remaining maza over the top, Wipe the rim of the pie plate to remove any excess maza.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until hot and lightly golden on top.


Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 4.3mg