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Monday, July 7, 2014

Chicken Tamale Pie

I do love me some one pot dinners (are we seeing a theme here yet?) This one was a lot more filling than expected. It fed two garbage guts guys, my Mum and me and we still had leftovers. The toddler didn't bother to try this one, and opted for yogurt. Whatever. More for me!

It isn't overly spicy (but you could kick it up a notch if you aren't attempting to feed kids) but has a lovely, robust flavor. 

Aussies and Kiwis and anyone who doesn't have access to crescent rolls (Hi Mum!): You could use flaky pastry dough instead and it would rock. Probably more so, since more dough is always good!

Give it a try!

Source: Adapted from



  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced small
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspooon ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 cans (4.5 oz each) chopped green chillies
  • 1 can (14.75 oz) cream style sweet corn
  • 1lb package of ready made polenta, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1 can crescent rolls


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, and onions and stir fry until browned. Add garlic, cumin and coriander, salt and pepper and cook for a further minute or two.
  3. Add cilantro, chillies and corn; stir to combine. Cook about 3 minutes or until heated.
  4. Remove from heat. Top with cheese. Arrange polenta slices in an layer on top.
  5. Unroll dough; separate into 8 triangles. Place shortest side of each triangle on rim of skillet over cheese with dough point in center.
  6. Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Carefully remove skillet from oven. 
  7. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into wedges to serve.


  1. Looks great, Kylee! This would give an excuse to eat refrigerated crescent rolls...

    1. You could easily use flaky pastry instead, if you had some hanging around!

  2. Hi Kylee, love your one pot dinners. This looks gorgeous!

    1. Thanks so much, Cheri! We really really like this. I couldn't believe how many of us it fed, either!


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