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Are you ready for a stick-to-your-ribs Mexican dinner? This Chicken Tamale Pie Recipe is IT! It's gluten free, uses no lard, and is loaded with protein for a satisfying meal.

Chicken Tamale Pie

You’ll love this hearty Mexican casserole loaded with protein for a satisfying dinner!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x





  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together masa flour, salt, chili powder, and baking powder. Add vegetable oil and chicken broth, and mix on low until combined. Use mixer on medium speed to mix dough for approximately 10 minutes. This beats air into the dough to give it a lighter texture. If you do not have a mixer, stir it as long as you can by hand, and then let the dough rest for at least 10 minutes.
  2. While the dough mixes, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced onions, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, and cook another minute or two.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of chicken thighs lightly with salt and chili powder. Cook them about two minutes per side with the onions. Then, pour the tomato sauce, beans, cumin, and hot sauce over the chicken. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. While chicken simmers, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a large pie pan or square baking dish with cooking spray. Press dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. (The dough will be spongy and easy to work with.)
  5. When chicken is done, shred meat with two forks, and stir back into the sauce. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the chicken filling into the prepared masa shell, leaving as much liquid behind in the skillet as possible.
  6. Spread cheese over the top of the chicken, and bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Allow pie to rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving. Top with sour cream and cilantro if desired.



Passive time: 15 Minutes

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 40