Cheesy Chicken Tamale Skillet Dinner


This crazy delicious Cheesy Chicken Tamale Skillet Dinner is all made right in one pan, and has all the authentic flavors of a tamale with just 7 simple ingredients!

Cheesy Chicken Tamale Skillet Dinner

I’m in love with one-skillet dinners. When I say “dinner,” what I mean is – it’s got the protein, the veggies, and as an extra bonus, this complete meal packs a fluffy crescent layer topping.

I made a Chicken Tamale Casserole earlier this year and it featured a red sauce. For this cheesy dish I switched it up and went with my other favorite tamale combination; green chiles and corn!

Cheesy Chicken Tamale Skillet Dinner

I’m sure you’re wondering how on earth I got the classic tamale flavor into this easy skillet dinner?

I squeezed in a layer of polenta! It’s made with cornmeal which has the same flavor as a classic tamale, allowing you to have this meal ready in less than 30 minutes!

Cheesy Chicken Tamale Skillet Dinner

Cheesy Chicken Tamale Skillet Dinner

There’s a gooey layer of cheese that mingles with the green chiles and corn to make for an unforgettable experience.

Cheesy Chicken Tamale Skillet Dinner

I know you’re dying for the recipe! Hop on over to Pillsbury’s site to check out the full recipe with step-by-step photos too!


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  1. Well I almost didn’t read this post, but I sure am glad that I did. It wasn’t what I was expecting. What a nice surprised. I pinned it, because I think I will make this!

  2. Looks like a winner. I can’t decide if I like skillet dinners or skillet desserts better. On my list though is to pick up a second cast iron skillet so I won’t have to choose anymore. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Heather says:

    That looks really good and I’m hungry!

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