Cornbread Casserole with Chicken (or not!)

This moist, hearty cornbread casserole can be made with chicken for a main dish or without for a delicious side dish!

Cornbread Casserole with Chicken (or not!)

Cornbread Casserole with Chicken (or not!)
Cornbread Casserole with Chicken (or not!)

I happen to be a big fan of corn casserole. It’s a lot like cornbread, which I love, but there is even more corn in it, so that’s clearly a win. This week, I wondered if I could turn cornbread casserole into a main dish because this would (1) save time, and (2) allow me to eat a bigger portion! I decided that adding chicken would be enough to make it into an entree, so I set out to do just that. I considered stirring in more ingredients to fancy it up a bit more like diced jalapeños, green onions, or a more nutritious vegetable than corn. Then I remembered my sweet, wonderful, angelic children, the precious children who don’t eat most foods. I decided if I wanted to stand a chance of getting them to eat this dish, I had best keep it simple. This easy cornbread casserole is moist, hearty, and delicious. To be honest, the chicken didn’t add a whole lot except protein. I certainly didn’t mind it being in there, but this casserole would be just as great as a traditional corn casserole side dish. The recipe is a winner, but the chicken is very optional!

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Cornbread Casserole with Chicken (or not!)

Cornbread Casserole with Chicken (or not!)

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Add chicken to this easy cornbread casserole to make it a main dish, or leave it out for a tasty side dish!

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts diced
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. sour cream or plain yogurt reduced fat is fine
  • 14 oz. can creamed corn
  • 11 oz. can Mexicorn drained
  • 8.5 oz. box cornbread mix
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a square baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add diced chicken, sprinkle with chili powder and salt, and sauté until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together egg and yogurt in a medium bowl. Stir in creamed corn, Mexicorn, cornbread mix, and cheese until just combined. Stir in cooked chicken.
  4. Spread cornbread mixture into prepared baking dish, and bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, until center is set.

Notes

If you would like a cheesier casserole, sprinkle another 1/2 c. cheese over the top for the last 10 minutes of baking.

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

16 comments

Glenda
9 years ago

I was wondering what size of pan to use? You mention a square dish—-so do you mean an 8 X 8? If you double the recipe could you use a 9 X 13? Thanks for the info!!!

Andi
9 years ago

Hi, Glenda! Yes, I used an 8×8 dish, but doubling it in a 9 x 13 would be perfect. Thanks!

Cari
9 years ago

I plan to make this for my church banquet and was wonder how many servings does this recipe make?

Andi
9 years ago

Hi, Cari! I’m so sorry I missed this question earlier, and I hope I’m not too late. I would double or triple the recipe to take to a potluck. It makes about four dinner-sized servings. Thank you!

Kelly
10 years ago

This casserole looks great Andi! I love the idea of adding chicken to make this into a complete meal – sounds delicious – pinning:)

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks, Kelly!

Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens
10 years ago

My mom had a wonderful recipe for corn casserole! It’s one of my favorites – and usually makes an appearance at a holiday or two! We all love it! It’s quite different from yours – so I’m looking forward to trying this one!
I wish I had come up with the idea of adding the chicken! Mmm … and I think some peppers and onions would be fantastic! YUM!!! :)

Andi
10 years ago

What is your mom’s like? It is probably fancier and doesn’t use cornbread mix, but you can’t beat shortcuts like that for a quick weeknight dinner sometimes! Peppers and onions would be really good. There’s a lot that could be added to this basic version, but I wanted to make it as kid friendly as possible :)

Cate @ Chez CateyLou
10 years ago

This looks delicious! I loooove corn casserole around Thanksgiving – I don’t know why I forget about it the rest of the year! I need to try this recipe – the chicken makes this a perfect dinner!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Cate! I’m the same way with forgetting about corn casserole. I hope you like it with the chicken addition. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Zainab @ Blahik Baker
10 years ago

What a great idea!! Adding chicken definitely makes this a wonderful dinner. Love it! Pinned :)

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Zainab! I’m so glad you like it!

Liz
10 years ago

Thanks Andi. All your recipes are so nice. Have a Happy Weekend!

Andi
10 years ago

Your comments always brighten my day, Liz. Thank you!

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