Tamales verdes with chicken make a perfect meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! This tamal has a fluffy texture, and the spicy green salsa and chicken make this dish hearty and filling.

Hungry yet? Let’s get cooking!

Ingredient List

– ~2 lbs tomatillos ~950g – 2 cloves garlic – 3 serrano peppers (chiles)  – 1 medium white onion – 3 tbsp vegetable oil  – 3 cups shredded chicken – Salt to taste – 2 lbs masa for tamales,  ~1 kg, – 1 1/4 cup lard – 2/3 cup chicken broth, – 1 teaspoon baking powder – ~15 dried corn husks for tamales 

Make salsa


Boil tomatillos, chile serranos, onions, and garlic. Blend vegetables until smooth.  

Fry salsa and add chicken


Fry blended salsa in vegetable oil. Taste for salt. Add in shredded chicken.

Prepare corn husks


Soak corn husks in water until pliable. Drain water. 

Prepare masa


Beat lard in a standing mixer. Add in baking powder and salt. Gradually add masa, alternating with chicken broth.

Assemble tamales


Spread prepared masa into a corn husk. Top with a bit of the salsa and chicken mixture. 

Fold into packets


Fold the sides of the corn husks into the center of the tamal and the pointed end over the folded center seam.

Steam tamales


Place tamales in a steamer basket with the folded end down. 



Remove tamales from the steamer basket, carefully open the corn husk packet and enjoy warm!