Cheesy Chicken Tamales

Cheesy Chicken Tamales

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Yield: 20 tamales

Prep: 1 hr

Cook: 1 hr

Ingredients
  • 20 dried corn husks
  • 1 pound baby spinach
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups instant masa
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 pound lightly salted fresh mozzarella
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • salsa verde and sour cream, for serving
Directions
  1. Fill a large bowl with very hot tap water. Add the cornhusks; submerge until softened (weigh down with a dinner plate), about 20 minutes. Transfer to a towel to drain.
  2. Cook half the spinach with 1/4 cup water in a large skillet over medium heat until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the spinach to wilt. Drain in a colander; let cool. Squeeze out any excess liquid.
  3. Chop the spinach with a bench scraper. Chop the onion with a knife; add to the skillet with 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until golden, 6 minutes. Add the spinach; season.
  4. Mix the masa, 1 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the broth. Beat in 1 1/2 cups EVOO with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.
  5. Plop about 1/4 cup masa at the wide end of a cornhusk. Spread into a 3-by-4-inch rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border at the sides and bottom.
  6. Cut the mozzarella into 1-by-3-inch sticks. Top the masa rectangle with a few shreds fo chicken, a stick of cheese and 1 tbsp. spinach.
  7. Fold in the sides of the husk, enclosing the filling, then fold up the end, making a 4-inch package. Repeat with the remaining husks, masa and fillings.
  8. Place a steamer basket over a pot with 2 inches of briskly simmering water. Nestle in the tamales, open ends up. Cover and cook for 1 hour.
  9. Remove the tamales and let cool for a minute. Carefully open them up. Serve warm, with the salsa and sour cream.
Variation Veggin' out
  • Skip the meat and stuff with cooked chopped broccoli and shredded cheddar instead.
Tip Beefy Taco
  • Swap out the shredded chicken for browned ground beef mixed with taco seasoning.
Tip Sausage & Pepper "Pizza"
  • Fill with browned sweet italian sausage, roasted red peppers and melty mozzarella.
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