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Mexican Chicken & Grits Pie

No recipe image available.Grits take the place of typically used cornmeal in this reduced calorie version of tamale pie.

Recipe Ingredients:

Non-stick cooking spray
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
1 medium onion, diced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons evaporated skim milk
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Salt and cayenne pepper to taste

Grits:
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 up golden or white grits
1/4 cup evaporated skim milk
1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 large eggs)
3 ounces shredded Gouda or other cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large, nonstick skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, cook chicken over medium-high heat until well-browned and firm. Drain excess fat. Add onion to skillet and sauté until lightly browned and tender.
  2. Reduce heat to low, stir in flour and then gradually whisk in evaporated milk and sour cream. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat and stir in corn, diced tomatoes and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and cayenne pepper. Spoon into a 2-quart baking dish and smooth the top.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Pour grits over the chicken. Bake 30 minutes, until the grits have set and the filling begins to bubble.
  4. To prepare Grits: In a saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Gradually whisk in grits. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick, about 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool somewhat before stirring in milk, egg and cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.