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Chicken Tamale Pie, Version 2

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Chicken Tamale Pie collage.

Imagine this please.

  • you + 1
  • airfare to Miami
  • two nights at Canyon Ranch Oceanfront Resort
  • $500 dining and spa credit

One more thing. FOR FREEEEE.

And I'm telling you - this place looks STUNNING.

This giveaway/contest is now closed.

So what's the deal? Well, if Chicken Tamale Pie wins a Smart Balance recipe contest, I'll be able to give this amazing little getaway package to one of my readers!

You can help make it happen in 30 seconds:

  1. like Smart Balance on Facebook
  2. click on the Recipe Challenge app on the top corner of the page
  3. vote for ye ole Skillful Cook's Chicken Tamale Pie

(The voting app doesn't work from your phones, so you'll have to do on the computer. Sorry cool kids.)

Bonus for me: If Tamale Pie walks away with the most votes, I'll also get a getaway! Party at the beach with you and me? I'm actually kind of serious unless you would be weirded out by that.

All you hard working guys ( and girls (all my other readers), I would be beyond thrilled to send you on a vacation. And I really mean that.

This actually goes beyond just a nice view, a comfy bed, and a fancy dinner. I know that there are some of you - you, my sweet and caring readers - dealing with some really heavy stuff in your lives right now. I know it. Some of you might be dealing with a loss, a divorce, a sickness, a hard family situation. Maybe a few of you are tired. Ok, well, we're probably all a little tired, right? *blink blink*

Gosh, you guys. Please let me send you on a little getaway. To rest, to relax, to recharge.

I would be so happy to give this to you.

Smart balance challenge information.

Now that we've gotten that outta the way, this updated Chicken Tamale Pie is really good. The original recipe is by far and away the most positively reviewed recipe on Skillful Cook, and Version 2 is even better. It's a mashup of my Chicken Tamale Pie Version 1 and the Carnitas Tamale Pie. The crust is made from scratch and it's deliciously corn-cakey. And now you should make it for the rest of your life.

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Chicken Tamale Pie, Version 2


A second version of my favorite recipe ever - Chicken Tamale Pie! This one has a tamale crust made from scratch and uses Smart Balance eggs, milk, and oil.


  • ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Smart Balance cooking oil
  • ⅓ cup Smart Balance low fat milk
  • 1 Smart Balance Omega-3 Grade A Natural Large egg
  • 1½ tablespoon taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 - 14 ounce can cream-style corn
  • 1 - 4 ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 - 10 ounce can red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast
  • 1 cup shredded white cheese such as Jack or Pepperjack
  • cilantro and crumbled Cotija cheese for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, ½ tablespoons taco seasoning, and oil in a large bowl until soft and crumbly. Whisk in the milk, egg, green chiles, and cream-style corn. Pour mixture into a round 10-inch pie plate. Bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes.
  3. While corn is baking, toss the chicken in the remaining 1 tablespoon taco seasoning. When corn is done, pierce entire surface with a fork. Pour enchilada sauce over top. Top with chicken; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and sauce is bubbling. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces; top each serving with cilantro and Cotija cheese.


Since it’s a tamale-like base, it won’t be completely set like a cornbread. It should stick to the fork a little bit when you poke holes in the crust.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: chicken tamale pie, tamale crust

Vote = Vacation.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    We must be cosmically connected or something…I visit your blog all the time but just today I had about half of a roasted, shredded pork shoulder sitting in my fridge starring awkwardly at me. I mean, really, of all the nerve! I used a cup of frozen corn and subbed in the socially inept pork for the chicken and it was CRAZY GOOD! I enjoyed every last bite and can’t wait to have it for leftovers. Thanks so much for posting this creative, easy, tasty dish. VOTE FOR TAMALE PIE!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    So excited for you with this opportunity!!! I have been following your blog for a while and tried several of your delicious recipes! Chicken tamale pie happened to be one of the first recipes of yours I made, and it was sooo good! I just voted! I hope you win!!!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    That pie has been on my list for some time, but I’m glad you reminded me of it! Voting now….
    Good luck!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    We made this recipe last night and then I hope on your blog and see this!! My whole family (including my 4 year old) LOVED this meal. It has now made its way into the rotation along with lots of your recipes. Thanks for your recipes and taking us on your incredible journey overseas and with those precious children.

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    Voted!! I love your blog and recipes! The carnitas recipe is rocking out in my crockpot today and I look forward to turning it into a tamale pie!! Good luck!!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Hey There!
    First time saying hi, but I’m a huge fan! Pin so many recipes and I love your voice on here. What you do is amazing. I’m a teacher, so I know how heart warming kids can make you feel and how exhausting it can be. Keep up everything you’re doing!

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    So I came on here to buy your book and came upon this DELIGHTFUL post! When I saw “trip to Miami” my eyes literally got misty. LOL We just moved to California and the water is icy. I’m missing the warmer waters of back East, and Florida most of all. Hope you win!

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    I’ve just recently stumbled on your blog (like, 2 weeks ago) and have been impressed. I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try, and vote for you. You have so many delicious sounding recipes! And beautiful photography.

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    What a great recipe! Super easy, and quick! I used a chipotle sauce, instead of enchilada sauce, with have it a firey kick! This is a keeper, I can’t wait to cook it again! Thanks, from hobart, Tasmania, Australia. 🙂