From My Kitchen - Chicken Tamale Recipe
Discover the steps to make this easy and authentically tasty chicken tamale recipe. Photos, a tamale wrapping video, and lots of chicken tamale recipe alternatives are included.
My Super Easy Chicken Tamale Recipe
One 2012 goal is checked off my list!
If I can make this chicken tamale recipe I'm guaranteeing that you can too! Please don't be intimidated by all those "oh it's so hard" to make tamale stories. I promise you it's not.
Once the corn masa dough is made, the corn husks are softened, and the chicken filling is prepared...it's simply a matter of prep, folding, steaming and eating! Seriously easy...pure yumness!
Do a couple trial runs yourself - just so you get the hang - then teach your new cooking skill to your family and friends. I'm so excited to have checked off tamale-making from my 2012 cooking goals list. Now...you can too. ;)
Once steamed and cooled
freeze these chicken
tamales for a quick
snack or mid-week meal.
Just in case you didn't know :)
Corn Flour for Tamales
Masa, the Spanish word for "dough" is the traditional dough used to make corn tortillas, tamales and gorditas.
Tamale Dough (Masa) Recipe
Prep time 5 min - Total time 15 min
Ingredients for 12 servings
2 cups corn masa flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt • 2 cups chicken broth • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
In a medium size bowl combine masa flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Working with your hands, mix in the broth to form a soft, moist dough. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl whip vegetable shortening until nice and fluffy. Add in the tamale dough and mix, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Beat until dough has a spongy, soft texture.
Use immediately or cover tightly with plastic wrap and tuck away in the fridge, up to 24 to 72 hours, until you are ready to prepare your tamales.
♥ Makes enough dough for 12 to 16 tamales.
My Chicken Tamale Recipe
Pulling Together the Chicken Tamale Recipe
Correen K Photography
From prep to plate...to gobbling 'em down
The five steps for putting together this chicken tamale recipe...
- Make my chicken chili recipe, refrigerate two or so cups for the tamales. Pull out the container when you are ready to prepare these chicken tamales...the chili thickens overnight, making it a perfect filling for tamales.
- Place dried corn husks (at least 16) in a large flat container, pour in hot tap water to cover, steep, to soften for 30 to 45 minutes. Any leftover corn husks can be laid out to dry and placed back in the package or a ziplock bag.
- Mix up the tamale dough (see my recipe above). Add about a 1/4th cup portion onto the large end of a softened corn husk. Spread with a spatula, back of a spoon, or your fingertips, leaving edges on both sides. Spoon on a heaping tablespoon of chicken chili.
- Bring the two sides together (see the arrows in the photo?), sealing the tamale dough around the ingredients, and then roll it up.
- Tuck under the 'long tail' of the corn husk and place in the steamer. When all the tamales are wrapped, steam in a covered pot for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Let the steamed tamales rest for 8 to 10 minutes before unwrapping. Getting too anxious at this point might end up in a "masa mess"...been there done that, so I'm giving you fair warning!
It's truly this effortless
Unusually Tasty Ideas For Chicken Tamale Filling
Release your stodgy taste buds
Along with these ideas add cooked, steamed, barbecued, parboiled, roasted, or seasoned, then shredded chicken...
- Spicy-kissed and thickened veggie pot pie filling.
- Steamed spinach and feta.
- Canned or homemade baked beans.
- Grilled, jerk seasoned pineapple chunks.
- Sauteed garlicky green peppers and onions.
- Wild rice and a spoonful of green or red chile sauce.
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Have You Ever Made Tamales?
Easily reheat wrapped tamales for 45 to 60 seconds in the microwave
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