Chicken Tamale Cups

Chicken Tamale Cups – they sound much more intimidating than they really are, my www friends.

You’ve probably never had them. I mean, maybe you’ve heard of tamale cups? I kinda created them while brainstorming, and they sooo worked.

How cute are these??


Tamale Cups

Remember when I made tamales?

They’ve been on my mind lately, but I wanted to do something a bit different.

I smoked my chicken with a nice wet rub, then made little cups with masa flour. It’s the tamale taste you get, without having to roll in the corn husks. I mixed the flour with some vegetable oil and chicken broth and it was the perfect consistency. Definitely great for tamale cups that need to hold all the goodies.

The wet rub on the chicken gave it a good bit of flavor, so I just threw it in my KitchenAid stand mixer and let it shred it for me, then packed it into the masa cups and topped it with cheese before I baked them.

Very easy.

Tamale Cups
You know how I typically have to whore things out.

I threw everything on these – fresh jalapenos, tomatoes, chopped lettuce, black olives, onions, more cheese, hot sauce and sour cream. Feel free to make these your very own.


Smoked Chicken Tamale Cups
A couple of things were missing – and I’ll add them next time – cilantro and lime.

Make them soon – so EZ.


Smoked Chicken Tamale Cups|Dixie Chik Cooks

Here’s your printable –

Chicken Tamale Cups

Chicken Tamale Cups

Yield: 8 Muffin Cups
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 55 minutes

Chicken Tamales get a fun makeover as masa muffin cups filled with seasoned smoked chicken.


  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups Masa flour
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Cabot Seriously Sharp Cracker Cuts
  • Lettuce, tomatoes, olives, jalapeno slices, sour cream, onions, etc.


  1. Combine cumin through olive oil; rub generously on chicken.
  2. Smoke chicken for 3 hours, until thermometer reads at least 165 degrees.
  3. Remove chicken, allow to cool and shred.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Mix masa flour, oil and broth together.
  6. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  7. Press 2-3 tbsp. of masa mixture into each muffin mold; fill with chicken and one slice of cheese.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until cheese has melted.
  9. Serve topped with remaining ingredients.


* The additional time is for smoking, if you choose to smoke your chicken, although not necessary.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 691Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 3343mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 43g

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Smoked Chicken Tamale Cups


  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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