BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

April 23, 2012

BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

This is one of those meals that sounds kind of odd, but is truly sooooo delicious! You have to be open-minded and enjoy a good casserole to find this appealing. Fortunately, that describes me perfectly : ) BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie- yes, please! This is a Rachel Ray recipe which, if you follow her recipes at all, has her signature flare. She is constantly coming up with recipes that are riffs on the classics- for example, BBQ chicken pizza, BBQ chicken pasta, BBQ chicken sammi, BBQ chicken stuffed potatoes, etc, etc. That’s her style. Most of the time I’m not a fan of her work, not that her recipes aren’t good, they just aren’t for me. But this one had cornbread. That changes everything. I have a notorious obsession with cornbread (Cornbread Topped Chili Skillet and-one of my favorites- Sweet, Moist Cornbread). So I gave it a shot and I LOVED it. I ate the entire skillet over the course of a few days. When I completely finish leftovers, that means the dish was truly THAT good.

BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

So what exactly is BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie? Well, Rachel Ray actually named it “pizza” not “pie”, but I really thought that was misleading, so I changed it. The dish is constructed from a simple cornbread base made using 2 boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix. It is baked in a large cast iron skillet and creates this deliciously moist and sweet bottom layer. Before it’s completely baked, a homemade BBQ chicken mixture is spread on top and some cheese is sprinkled on. The whole thing is finished off in the oven creating a cheesy, delicious meal. And man, is it a killer combination. Mmmmm…. Just talking about it makes me  want some now. I should probably make it again soon.

I do have ONE qualm with this recipe though. I wanted more BBQ chicken mixture. I felt like the cornbread ratio was too high compared to the amount of BBQ chicken on top. Next time I make it I am either going to double the chicken mixture or halve the cornbread crust, baking it in a 9″ pie plate. But even if you decide to make it as written, it’s super delicious and a rather simple recipe.

BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

5.0 from 2 reviews
BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie
Serves: 6
  • 2 boxes corn muffin mix, such as Jiffy, 8.5 oz each
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tb unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for the pan
  • 2 Tb Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken (or about 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded, chopped fine
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 Tb chili powder
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 Tb worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 Tb dark brown sugar
  • 10 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • To garnish: chopped scallions and chopped parsley or cilantro
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine the 2 packages cornbread mix with the eggs, melted butter, and milk. Stir in the corn. Drizzle some olive oil onto a 12" cast iron pan. Pour in the batter, place the pan in the center of the preheated oven, and bake until the cornbread becomes light golden in color, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Place a medium skillet over med-high heat and add 2 Tb oil. Add the chicken and break it up with a wooden spoon. Once the chicken has crumbled and begins to brown, add the onion and bell pepper, sauté 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce. Cook for 5 minutes then add the worcestershire, tomato sauce, and brown sugar. Stir to combine and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the cornbread sets up and begins to brown. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  3. Remove cornbread from the oven and cover it with the BBQ chicken mixture, then sprinkle with cheese. Put the pan back in the oven and cook 5 minutes more to set the toppings and melt the cheese. Top with scallions and chopped parsley or cilantro and serve from skillet, cutting into wedges.
Can easily be made in a 9" deep dish pie plate by halving the cornbread mixture. I highly recommend this since the original quantity has a large cornbread to chicken mixture ratio. OR to make in a 9x13-inch pan, leave the cornbread mixture as written and double the chicken mixture.




{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracy April 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Oh heck yeah! I’ll be trying out this recipe this for sure!


raja April 24, 2012 at 12:51 am

greetings, i was wondering how do you think this would turn out using your moist cornbread recipe?


lmachell April 24, 2012 at 3:35 am

I can’t say for sure because I have never done it, but I assume that it would be fine. I don’t see why not : )


CJ @ Morsels of Life April 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I’m not usually a fan of Rachel Ray’s recipes either, but this one looks like it could be some tasty eats! 🙂


Jessica Amen May 12, 2012 at 2:11 am

This was excellent! I used shredded chicken and added ketchup, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and a few shakes of liquid smoke, along with the other seasonings. I cooked it in my cast iron Dutch oven and later scooped it out instead of cut into wedges. This was a family pleaser for sure! Thank you for sharing this!


lmachell May 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Sounds like some great additions! Glad you enjoyed it : )


Lisa August 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm

My family and I all hated this. I followed recipe to the T. It has a very strong chili taste. The cornbread with the corn was very good, the chicken not so good.


Katie August 14, 2012 at 5:01 am

Loved this recipe! I made a few adjustments for my family that does not like hot stuff. I eliminated the chili powder and hot sauce and replaced it with turmeric . I also eliminated the brown sugar. My family has picky eaters so instead of putting the chicken mixture on the cornbread, it served it separately with cilantro and cheese as add on toppings. We all lived it!


Erica August 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I made this last night, and it was SO DELICIOUS! Thanks for the suggestion on cutting down the cornbread to chicken ratio. I used a 9-inch cake pan, used one box of Jiffy and the same amount of chicken. It was SO good. A new favorite go-to dish for sure. I also used red onion instead of yellow because I like red with BBQ better. The boyfriend loved it too, so that’s a plus. We liked the sweetness with the spicy.



Monique October 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I made this tonight and OMG!!!! I know the reviews were all good and the ingredients sounded delish. The picture itself looked edible. But I truly didn’t expect it to turn out so darn good. I was initially going to use shredded chicken but then I decided on the ground chicken. So glad that I did. I followed the recipe to a T except that I used Hunts Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ sauce instead of the tomato sauce and omitted the brown sugar since it was in the BBQ sauce already. My thirteen year old is going for seconds as I type. This is definitely a new addition to my repertoire. Thanks for sharing.


Lyn October 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Always looking for good one dish meals and this goes to the top of my list.
Great sweet and spicy combo. Enjoyed by all I’ve served it to.


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