Chicken Tamale Pie

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This spicy dish is inspired by the corn husk-wrapped tamales of traditional Mexican cuisine. Combined with the concept of chicken pot pie, this dish is an unusual but delicious spin on classic Canadian comfort food.

  • Serves: 4
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  1. Sauté ground chicken and diced onion in a large skillet until chicken is browned; drain.
  2. Stir in salsa, water, 1 tsp (5 mL) of chili powder, ground cumin, oregano and bottled hot sauce (optional); bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes. Add corn, red pepper, jalapeño pepper, sliced olives and salt, if necessary, to taste.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF(180ºC).
  4. In a separate bowl combine cornmeal, whole wheat flour, baking powder and 1 tsp (5 mL) of chili powder for topping.
  5. Beat vegetable oil, egg, milk and minced cilantro. Add to dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Spray an 8” square casserole with vegetable oil cooking spray and spread chicken mixture evenly over bottom. Top with cornmeal topping. Sprinkle dish with shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until knife inserted into cornmeal comes out clean and the dish is slightly browned.

Serve with additional garnishes such as diced jalapeño, sour cream and salsa.

For a less spicy version omit the jalapeño and the bottled hot sauce.

For a complete meal serve with a mixed green salad.

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