I have been obsessed with polenta lately. Likeeeeee you can literally put anything on top of polenta! Last night I decided to make these chicken tamale bowls, and instead of using rice underneath toppings, I switched it out for polenta. I’m so happy I did because It was SO good!!!
1 lb chicken thighs cut into 3inch strips (you can use breast if you like that better)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tbsp of creole seasoning
salt + pepper
1 Tbsp Olive oil
1 bell pepper (I like red and orange but any color works)
1 poblano chili pepper
2 cups red enchilada sauce
1-2 cloves garlic
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1-2 tbsp chipotle hot sauce
2 cups milk
2 cups water
1 cup corn meal
2-3 Tbsp Buter
Salt + pepper
Tillamook cheddar cheese
Corn, black beans, avocado, salsa, tortilla chips, cilantro (if you like that crap), hot sauce, pico, cheese lots of cheese, and use Tillamook cheese because there is honestly no better shredded cheese.
This recipe was inspired and adapted from Halfbaked Harvest
Heat 1tbsp of olive oil in large cast iron skillet. While skillet is heating. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and mix to coat evenly. Set bowl aside.
Add sliced peppers to skillet until soft and slightly charred, remove from heat. Add chicken into same skillet and sear on all sides until browned, about 5 minutes total. Add peppers back to skillet, and add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Cover, and let simmer for 1.5 hours or until chicken shreds easily with a fork.
Once sauce is fragrant and chicken shredded. Add milk and water into a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once liquid is boiling, add 1 cup of corn meal slowly and whisk continuously for about 5 minutes or until thick. Add butter and salt and pepper to taste. Can add more milk or butter if polenta gets too thick. Add cheese to taste.
Add polenta to bottom of serving bowl, and paddle sauce and chicken over top. Add any ingredient you want!!
Thats what is so fun about these bowls, you can add whatever you want to it! I like the tortilla strips for the crunch and I like to try to char the corn some so it has a smokey flavor.
Hope you enjoy! please feel free to leave any questions in the comments section!