Weeknight Warrior – Chicken Tamale Casserole

This is one of my absolute favorite, go-to, weeknight dinners.  It is so easy and quick to throw together!  I just mix it all up, pop it in the oven, and sit back with a glass of wine and a book! 🙂

The leftovers make great Brown Bag Lunches!  Make this on a Sunday night and you’re set for the week!

Chicken Tamale Casserole

1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
1/3 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (15 oz.) can cream-style corn
1 (8.5 oz.) box corn muffin mix (I use Jiffy)
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 (10 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
To serve: sour cream, cilantro

Preheat oven to 400°.

Combine ¼ cup cheese and next 7 ingredients (through chiles) in a large bowl, stirring just until moist. Pour mixture into a 13×9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork; pour half of enchilada sauce over top. Toss chicken, black beans, and corn with remaining enchilada sauce and arrange mixture over top of cornbread. Sprinkle with remaining ¾ cup of cheese.

Bake for 15-20 more minutes cheese is melty and bubbly. Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces; top each serving with 1 Tablespoon sour cream and sprinkle with cilantro.

Source: Adapted from Cooking Light, 2017.

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