3 hrs 30 mins
Instead of individual tamales make this into a casserole. This is a winner, even if you use foil instead of banana leaves. Achiote, a condiment available in Mexican or Asian markets, adds mild flavor and deep red color to the pie. However, included here is some easy to make alternates if you can’t find it.
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- 4 ounces achiote, condiment purchased (recipe follows) or 4 ounces achiote paste (recipe follows) or 4 ounces achiote, substitute (recipe follows)
- 5 cups water
- 4 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1/8 teaspoon anise seed
- 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
- 1 (4 lb) chicken, cut up (broiler-fryer)
- 2 large firm ripe tomatoes
- 2 medium onions, quartered
- 1 tablespoon dehydrated masa corn flour, mixed with 3 tablespoons water (corn tortilla flour, if using achiote substitute)
double recipe masa dough
SINGLE MASA DOUGH RECIPE
- 1Put achiote condiment or paste in a 6 to 8 quart pan. Use a heavy spoon to work condiment into a smooth paste, gradually adding a little of the water and mixing until well blended. Add remaining water and bouillon cubes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, then pour liquid through a fine wire strainer and return to pan; discard residue in strainer. (If you are using achiote substitute, it is not necessary to strain the broth.).
- 2To broth, add anise seeds, mint, and chicken, placing chicken on top. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes; do not stir.
- 3Core tomatoes and cut each into 6 wedges. After chicken has cooked for 25 minutes, add onions. After 10 more minutes, add tomatoes alongside onions.
- 4At end of cooking time, remove pan from heat. Gently lift out vegetables and chicken, letting broth drain back into pan. When chicken is cool to touch, remove and discard skin and bones. Tear meat into bite size pieces.
- 5Boil broth over highest heat, uncovered, until reduced to 2 cups; stir to prevent sticking. (if using achiote substitute, add masa flour water mixture and return to a boil, stirring.) Remove from heat.
- 6Grease a 3-quart shallow casserole; evenly spread about half the Masa dough (you need 5 cups dough total) over bottom and sides of casserole, flush with rim. Add chicken, tomatoes, onions, and eggs, distributing evenly, then cover with broth. Shake dish gently to level filling.
- 7Gently spoon dollops of remaining dough on top, then spread carefully to enclose filling; don’t worry if a few thin areas develop and bits of filling show. Cover tightly with foil. Bake on lowest rack of a 425°F oven for 30 minutes; remove foil and continue to bake until top is golden brown, about 1 more hour.
- 8Remove from oven and let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving. Accompany with radishes and green onions. Makes 8 servings.
- 9MASA DOUGH: Double recipe above and whip lard, butter, margarine, or solid vegetable shortening until fluffy, then stir in dehydrated masa flour and homemade chicken broth or canned regular strength chicken or beef broth. Stir until mixture holds together. If made ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days; bring to room temperature before using.
- 10ACHIOTE SUBSTITUTE: Mix 2 tablespoons vinegar, 3 tablespoons paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoons dry oregano leaves, 3 cloves garlic (pressed), and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin.
- 11ACHIOTE PASTE: Place 2 ounces (1/3 cup) achiote )annatto sees (available in Mexican markets) in a small bowl with boiling water to cover; cover tightly and let stand for at least 12 hours to soften.
- 12Drain seeds and discard liquid. Combine seeds in a blender with 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons ground allspice, 2 tablespoons chopped garlic, 2 small dried hot red chiles (broken into pieces),1/2 teaspoon salt, and 6 tablespoons EACH orange juice and white wine vinegar.
- 13Whirl until smooth (takes several minutes). If made ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 10 days; freeze for longer storage. Makes about 1 cup.
- 14The Best Of Sunset.
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Nutritional Facts for Mexican Mucbil Pollo (Chicken Tamale Casserole)
Serving Size: 1 (555 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 621.8
- Calories from Fat 375
- Total Fat 41.7 g
- Saturated Fat 13.6 g
- Cholesterol 212.9 mg
- Sodium 273.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 27.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
- Sugars 3.2 g
- Protein 33.2 g
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