Mexican Chicken Tamales

A traditional Mexican recipe passed down for generations

Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 12 people (2 pieces each)
Author Family Food and Travel


  • 4 cups Tamale Corn Dough found in any latin store or grocery section
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1.5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 lbs cooked chicken shredded or in cubes
  • 2 cups green salsa or enchilada sauce
  • 24 corn husks


  1. In a a bowl mix corn dough flour, crisco, salt, pepper and stock, mix with your hands until mixture is a bit sticky.
  2. Hydrate corn husks by putting in luke warm water in the sink or a bowl for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Take a husk in your and hand and but a heaping tablespoon of dough and spread evenly on husk.
  4. Add a small handful of chicken in the middle of the corn dough.
  5. Top with 1 tbsp of sauce.
  6. Add another tbsp of dough to cover chicken and sauce.
  7. Fold corn husk being careful to keep all of the dough inside.
  8. Tie ends with string or cut corn husk.
  9. Repeat until all husks are filled.
  10. Please tamales in a double boiler and steam for 2 hours. Check pot often and add more water.
  11. When the tamales are done an inserted toothpick will come out clean.