Weekend Cooking – Chicken Tamales

Weekend Cooking is a weekend blog meme hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

Recently I’ve been trying to go out of my cooking comfort zone and try new recipes. One such that I tried recently was chicken tamales. I found the recipe on pinterest. You can find it here.

I followed the recipe for the mesa from the back of the container it had come in. Though it was for a much larger batch than I wanted to do so I had to kind of eyeball the quantities. At first I thought the dough was too wet, but once I let it sit for a little bit as I soaked the corn husks it turned out to be just fine.

I think I should have steamed the tamales just a little bit longer than the recipe called for. Most of it was perfect, but some of the inside dough was a little uncooked. Still for a first try I think I did pretty well!  The hardest part of the whole experiment was definitely trying to wrap the dang things! 😀

For the chicken part of the tamales, I cooked a couple breasts in my crockpot with some leftover salsa that I had sitting in my fridge. As well as the other spices recommended in the above recipe.

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To go with the tamales I made rice and refried beans. Though speaking of beans, I think I need to find a new recipe for them as they don’t turn out quite like I think they should. All in all it was a good experiment, and I’m excited to try again sometime soon!

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2 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking – Chicken Tamales”

  1. I’m so impressed! I think you’ve inspired me to try my hand at tamales. I’ve never made them before, but I think I’ve seen the husks at my grocery store.

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