chicken tamale bake with masa

Chicken Tamale Pie with Masa

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Chicken Tamale Pie with Masa is smothered in enchilada sauce, melted cheese and the comforting flavor of tamales without any of the hassle. Prep ahead of time and within 30 minutes you’ll have a hot and fresh meal that will have everyone coming back for seconds.


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How To: Make Chicken Tamale Pie with Masa

Only a little prep is needed at the beginning and then this dish is practically hands free. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 

Prepare the filling by heating a pan over medium heat. Stir in rotisserie chicken, broth, and ½ a cup of enchilada sauce. Mix well and simmer for at least 15 minutes. If the mixture is dry, add a little more enchilada sauce until the desired consistency is reached. Set aside.

While the filling is simmering, it’s time to make the dough. Using your hands, mix all of the ingredients for the dough until well combined. Other tools can be used but getting your hands dirty is best 🙂 The texture should be very thick but easy to mold. Divide into two equal portions.

If the dough is dry, add broth. If too wet, add more masa.

Oil a pie dish or a large baking dish. Evenly spread half of the dough in the dish ensuring the bottom is covered. Top with the chicken filling and mix in 1 cup of enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. Monterey jack or pepper jack are my favorites for the added flavor. 

Cover with the remaining dough. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and an additional sprinkling of cheese. Cover with foil and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue cooking 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Top with fresh cilantro, sour cream, and jalapenos. Serve right away and enjoy!

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chicken tamale bake with masa

Chicken Tamale Pie with Masa

Chicken Tamale Pie with Masa is smothered in enchilada sauce, melted cheese, and the comforting flavor of tamales without any of the hassle.
4.93 from 14 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: baked, dinner, southwestern

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 rotisserie chicken shredded
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 ½ cups enchilada sauce divided
  • 1 cup shredded cheese monterey jack, pepper jack, cheddar

Dough

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 8 oz diced green chilies

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • To prepare the filling, heat a pan to medium heat and add rotisserie chicken, chicken broth, and ½ a cup of enchilada sauce. Stir and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Mix the ingredients for dough until well combined. The texture should be very thick easy molded.
  • Lightly spray a pie dish or 9×13 baking dish. Spread half of the dough into the dish to cover the bottom. Top with the chicken filling and spread evenly. Mix in ½ a cup of cheese and 1 cup of the enchilada sauce.
  • Use the rest of the dough to cover the mixture and top with 1 cup of enchilada sauce and ½ a cup of cheese.
  • Cover with foil and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
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19 thoughts on “Chicken Tamale Pie with Masa”

  1. ellegracedeveson

    This caught my eye straight away and I’m instantly pinning it to make it myself asap! This looks and sounds absolutely delicious, I’ve never heard of it before but the ingredients sound right up my street so I’ll defiantly be giving this a go. Thank you so much for sharing with us lovely Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds so delicious! I was just looking for some dinner inspiration for next week and this is exactly the kind of thing I was after so I’m going to give it a try! Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I bought some masa to make tamales and now I have so much leftover. I’ve been searching for a good recipe to use it up and now I have one. Delicious!

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