Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Save Recipe Print
Chicken Tamales
Total:
2 hr
Prep:
1 hr
Cook:
1 hr
Yield:
24 tamales
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
2 hr
Prep:
1 hr
Cook:
1 hr
Yield:
24 tamales
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Directions

Soak the corn husks in a bowl of hot water, using a plate to keep them submerged, until pliable, 1 hour. 

Meanwhile, make the filling: Bring the bouillon powder and 4 cups water to a simmer in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the chicken and simmer until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the chicken and let cool; cut into small pieces. Reserve the broth. 

Puree the cilantro and 1 1/4 cups of the reserved broth in a food processor until smooth (save the remaining broth for another use). Transfer to a medium pot. Add the garlic, cumin and salsa and bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook until slightly reduced, about 12 minutes. Stir in the chicken and season with salt. Remove from the heat and let cool. 

Make the dough: Soak the ancho chile in hot water until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain the chile, then mince to make a paste. Combine the chile paste, masa harina, lard, 2 2/3 cups warm water and 2 teaspoons salt 

in a bowl. Mix with your hands (or use a mixer with the paddle attachment) 10 to 15 minutes, or until a marble-size ball of dough floats in water. 

Drain the husks and pat dry. Starting 1/2 inch from the wide end, spread about 3 tablespoons of the dough down a husk, leaving a 1-inch border on the sides. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the chicken filling down the center of the dough, then fold in the sides of the husk, wrapping the dough around the filling. Fold up the narrow end of the husk. Repeat with the remaining husks, dough and filling. 

Set a steamer basket in a large pot filled with 1 to 2 inches of water. Arrange the tamales standing up in the steamer, folded-side down. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and steam until the tamales pull away from the husks, about 1 hour. Remove from the steamer and let cool slightly before unwrapping. 

Photograph by Kat Teutsch

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Get the recipe

Sushi Brain 00:53

This sushi brain is the most delicious way to creep out your friends.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Perfect Roast Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Chicken Piccata

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Asian Chicken Skewers

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

4-Step Chicken Marengo

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian

Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe courtesy of Danny Boome

Lemon Chicken Breasts

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.