Oh... this ain't your Momma's old fashion tamale pie. (Although I do remember it fondly!) I made this on a Sunday afternoon, for dinners on a week that I knew was going to be busy. The individual pieces warmed up beautifully in the microwave – and dinner was ready in a flash! It's creamy, cheesy and so full flavored you would guess there were twice as many calories in it!
I slightly adjusted this recipe from the 2009 Cooking Light cookbook. The original recipe called for 2 cups of shredded chicken breast and ¼ cup egg substitute. I used 1 lb. of chicken tenders and 2 eggs instead. If you want to follow the original recipe – there is only 354 per serving. I don’t think these alterations increased the calories that much… maybe about 390 calories.
1 lb. chicken tenders
Salt & Pepper
1 cup pre-shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese, divided
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 – 14 ¾ oz can creamed corn
1 – 8.5 oz package corn muffin mix, I used Jiffy
1 – 4oz can chopped green chilies, drained
1 can of red enchilada sauce, not the biggest can – the normal size – about 12 – 14 oz
Fat Free Sour Cream for garnish
Preheat a non-stick skillet; drizzle olive oil in it. Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Cook tenders for about 3 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and allow to cool. Shred with a fork.
Preheat oven to 400. Combine ¼ cup of cheese with next 7 ingredients in a large bowl; mix until just moist. Pour mixture into 9” x 13” baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven.
Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork; pour enchilada sauce over top. Top with shredded chicken; sprinkle with remaining ¾ cup cheese. Bake at 400 for an additional 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove from oven; let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces, top with 1 tablespoon sour cream.