Green Chili Chicken Tamales

Green Chili Chicken Tamales
Green Chili Chicken Tamales

What are green chile chicken tamales made of?

What are green chili chicken tamales made of?. Tamales are a very popular dish in Mexican cuisine and many other regions. The recipe is simple and uncomplicated. You can get it out of the fridge for a satisfying breakfast or reheated weeknight meal since they taste better the second steam.



Green Chili Chicken Tamales Recipe

1 pound tomatillos, peeled and cleaned

2 serrano peppers without stem

3 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

2 cups store-bought or homemade low-sodium chicken broth (Progress or Swanson brands are recommended for gluten-free options)

2/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves packed loose

1 ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

¾ teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

For the Tamales

1 package (18 ounces) of corn husks, soaked in hot water for at least 2 hours

1 batch of simple dough for tamales

To Fill

1. Preheat grill to high heat.

2. Place tomatillos on a foil-lined baking sheet and grill until just a few spots are browned, turning once, about 8 minutes total. Transfer the tomatillos with their juices to a blender. Add the serrano peppers and garlic, and pulse to combine. Add the chicken broth, cilantro, olive oil, and salt, and mix until smooth. 

3. Transfer the sauce to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add chicken and poach in the sauce until cooked through about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, shred chicken with two forks, and stir to combine with sauce.

How to cook green chili chicken tamales in the oven?

1. Place a small coin in the bottom of a large, deep steamer pot with a steam attachment. Later, the coin will beep to alert you when the water level is low. Add water to fill line, place steamer accessory into the pot, and cover with remaining corn husks to prevent sticking, being careful to leave small spaces for steam to escape. Please put it on high heat and put it in a bowl while you prepare the tamales.

To Prepare the Tamales

2. Select 26 of the best corn husks, choosing ones at least 6 inches long (can be overlapped if necessary). Dry with an absorbent paper towel.

3. Working on a large, stable surface, prepare the tamales one at a time by placing the corn husks with the narrow end facing up. Roll out ¼ cup of dough into a 4-inch square with a ¼-inch border down the center of each sheet. Put 1 ½ tbsp (tablespoon) of filling, in the center of the dough. Fold both sides of the shell toward the center to encircle the filling and then close, lifting the empty top and bottom of the shell to form a straight seal and secure by tying loosely with a piece of kitchen twine or fine strands of kitchen twine corn husk, where the lower parts meet. Stand the tamale upright in the steamer, leaving space between them as you go, giving the tamales room to expand.

4. When all the tamales have been filled and placed in the steamer, fill the holes with aluminum foil in the form of a ball. Lower the grill to a simmer, cover, and steam the tamales for about 2 1/2 hours. Periodically check to ensure water is left and add boiling water in a steady stream as needed. The tamales are ready when the dough quickly pulls away from the shell.

5. Let them rest for 10 minutes in the steamer before serving. Or let them cool completely and steam again before serving.


Simplify the dish further by using Salsa Verde or Salsa de Tomate-Serrano to poach the chicken. Be sure to incorporate just enough to achieve a stuffing-like consistency.

There is no doubt that you will enjoy this recipe. The tamales are simply delicious and may or may not be accompanied by other dishes. In addition, its filling can be very varied. Experiment and surprise your friends and family.

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