Chicken and Green Chile Tamales

Tomales de Pollo y Chile Verde
Prep Time 1 Hr
Cook Time 1 Hr 30 Min
Servings 24
Difficulty Advanced


  • 26 corn husks
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded white meat chicken
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 3/4 cup prepared fire-roasted tomatillo salsa
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups instant corn masa flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz.) can reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsps. Crisco® Pure Corn Oil


  • Step 1

    POUR boiling water to cover over corn husks in pan. Soak for 30 minutes. Drain and dry husks with paper towels. Tear 2 corn husks into 24 (1/4-inch) wide strips.

  • Step 2

    For Filling: COMBINE chicken, chiles, salsa and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    For Dough: COMBINE masa flour, baking powder and ancho chile powder in medium bowl. Add chicken broth and oil, stirring to combine. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken.

  • Step 4

    SPREAD 2 tablespoons dough lengthwise in center of corn husk to make a 3 x 2-inch rectangle. Top with 2 tablespoons chicken filling. Fold the left side, then the right side of the corn husk over the filling. Fold the long pointed end up towards the center. Wrap a strip of corn husk around the enclosed end of tamale and tie to secure. Repeat to make 23 additional tamales.

  • Step 5

    REMOVE basket from steamer. Fill steamer pot with 1-inch water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Arrange tamales in steamer basket, standing upright with open ends up. (If basket is too large, use a ball of aluminum foil to fill extra space.) Place basket in steamer pot. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low and cook 1 hour or until husks begin to pull away from filling. Add additional boiling water to steamer as needed. Allow tamales to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Serving size
(2 tamales)

  • Calories 160
  • Calories from Fat40g
  • Total Fat 4g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 30mg
  • Sodium 220mg
  • Potassium 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 17g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 14g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Vitamin D 0%
  • Calcium 0%
  • Thiamin 0%
  • Niacin 0%
  • Zinc 0%
  • Riboflavin 0%
  • Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet