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Chile Verde Chicken Tamale Casserole | lifemadesimplebakes.com
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Chile Verde Chicken Tamale Casserole

This chile verde chicken tamale casserole is a quick and easy spin on traditional tamales. It's loaded with flavor and every bit as delicious as the real deal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Natalie


For the chicken:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken pulled (about 4 cups)
  • 1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c. chile verde enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

For the tamale dough:

  • 3 c. masa harina*
  • 2 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 tbsp. unsalted butter cold and cut into 12 pieces
  • 3 c. frozen corn thawed, divided
  • 2-4 tbsp. roasted poblanos depending on how spicy you want it
  • 2 1/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth- more if needed


  • 3 c. grated monterey jack cheese divided
  • 1 c. chile verde enchilada sauce
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease or spray a 9x13-inch baking dish, set aside.
  • In a large skillet set over medium-low heat, add the chicken, broth, sauce, cilantro, and garlic powder. Heat while preparing the remaining ingredients, stirring occasionally.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the masa, salt, sugar, baking powder, pepper, butter, 2 cups corn, and poblanos. Process or pulse until a coarse meal forms. Add chicken broth and process or pulse until them mixture reaches a thick peanut butter consistency. More broth (or water) may be required. Fold in remaining 1 cup of corn.
  • Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese, then add the chicken filling. Sprinkle with another 3/4 cup cheese. Press the remaining tamale dough over top.
  • Cover with 1 cup of chile verde sauce and remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese. Place a piece of foil over top and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Top with cilantro, if desired.