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green chili and chicken mock tamale pie

a recipe by
Leslye Janes
Deming, NM

Lost for ideas and not much in the house, I had to depend upon my culinary education to come up with this in a pinch. The kids came to the table and asked what was for dinner and I told them I did not know, I just threw it together. To my amazement, they loved it! I hope that you will like it just as much. Feel free to tweak it and make it better, but please do share with me. :)

serves 6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For green chili and chicken mock tamale pie

  • 2 - 3
    chicken breasts, boneless and skinless; cooked and cubed
  • 1 can
    cream of mushroom soup; save can for milk measurement
  • 3/4 can
  • white corn tortillas shells; uncooked
  • 1 box
    mexican style rice-a-roni; prepared just to thickening (will finish in oven)
  • 1 can
    fire roasted whole green chilies; undrained

How To Make green chili and chicken mock tamale pie

  • 1
    Prepare Rice-A-Roni per directions; however, simmer until just set. It will finish cooking in the oven.
  • 2
    Boil chicken until done. Remove from water and let rest about 5 minutes. Cube into bite sized pieces. Put into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • 3
    Add Cream of Mushroom soup in with the chicken.
  • 4
    Pour some oil from chilies into a medium sized baking dish; coating the bottom.
  • 5
    Pour the remaining chili oil in with the chicken.
  • 6
    Measure the milk in the Cream of Mushroom can to 3/4 can. This also gets all the soup out for you. :) Add milk in with the chicken mixture and stir.
  • 7
    Place a layer of corn tortilla shells on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • 8
    Pour Mexican Rice-A-Roni on the first layer of tortillas.
  • 9
    Add another layer of corn tortilla shells.
  • 10
    Pour the chicken mixture on the second layer of tortillas.
  • 11
    Open the Chilies and cut one side to lay flat. Lay each of them to cover the chicken mixture.
  • 12
    I did not have cheese, but this would be a good place to add some. I had a little to much liquid with my chicken, so I added some left over Jasmin rice pilaf I had left from an earlier meal. If you have this problem, you can use unprepared/lightly prepared Minute Rice in a pinch (easy, a little goes a long way).
  • 13
    Bake in a 375 oven for about 40 minutes, or until heated through. Remove and let stand about 10 minutes.