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BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie is dangerously addicting! You will be making this over and over again.

Let me tell you about this pie. This pie was so epic that I had to move it up on my calendar and post it immediately. Yeah, for a dish to be moved up on my editorial calendar, it’s OUT OF THIS WORLD good.

You know what I need y’all to do this Memorial Day weekend? Make this gosh darn pie. I was so excited to get home Tuesday night to make this pie. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t realize how good. Jason ate 3/4 of the pie. Yeah, what a pig! Just kidding. I ate like a large a$$ slice. Probably not good for my real a$$.

So, I have a bone to pick with this whole food blogging bidnezz. I love it. I truly do. But you know who’s not loving it? My waist, my jeans, my clothes. Not to mention my future wedding dress.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE food blogging and I LOVE being in the kitchen and creating all this great food, BUT it’s gotten to the point where I want to make something horrible every night just so I’ll have like one or two bites of it. All this amazing food (tooting my own horn much?) is seriously killing my waistline. I need to start giving all my desserts to my coworkers and make them fat. Bwahaha. Or, give them to Jason’s coworkers. We were really good about that for a while and then we started slacking on it, or was it that my desserts were so good that we were selfish and wanted to hoard them to ourselves? How about I go back to pre-school and learn how to share again? Yes, that’d be smart because then I’d SHARE all my desserts.

Anyway, I know I can exercise and I know I can portion control (which, I plan on doing all of the above as soon as we move to our new house)…do you know how HARD it is to portion control and not want to eat an entire pie when it’s as delicious as the one above?

Yes, folks. It is freaaaaking guuud. OH, how could I forget to tell you this. Thanks to a few blogger suggestions, I LOVE TO SHRED CHICKEN now. I threw it in my KitchenAid stand mixer and it did the most perfect chicken shredding job I’ve ever seen. Do it!

Oh, and guess what we’re doing tonight? A walk-through of our new house. And tomorrow? CLOSING on our house. I’m an adult. I’m going to have a mortgage. What the heck. I need more pie..

BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie
Recipe type: Casserole, Main Entree
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
  • 1 8.5 oz box corn muffin mix, like Jiffy
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • For the topping:
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shredded
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1½ tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 10 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9" pie pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the cornbread mix, egg, butter, and milk. Then fold in the corn. Pour mixture into prepared pie pan and bake for 15 minutes or until top is just about set and golden brown. Remove from oven when it's done and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and add the onion and red peppers. Cook until they're soft and then add in the chicken and garlic and saute until fragrant. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes then add in the tomato sauce, worcestershire sauce, an brown sugar. Stir to combine and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the mixture until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Cover the cornbread pie with the chicken mixture and sprinkle lots of cheese on top. Turn the broiler on high and put the pie back in the oven for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese has completely melted over top.
  5. Slice into wedges and serve. You can garnish with scallions or parsley.
To pre-shred the chicken, I boiled 2 large chicken breasts until they were cooked through then cut them in 4 pieces. I threw them in the stand mixer with the paddle attachment and turned it on medium speed to shred the chicken. Also, I found the homemade bbq sauce to be a tad bit on the sweet side. The original recipe called for 3 tbsp. of dark brown sugar, next time I'd only add half of that, as reflected in my recipe above.

Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray



  1. 05/24/2012 at 8:37 am

    I love this post because:
    a) this “pile” looks AMAZINGGGGGG
    b) the chicken shredding worked! YAY! (I wonder if it will work with pork?
    c) you are closing on your house! congrats!

  2. 05/24/2012 at 8:37 am

    This looks heavenly! Definitely going to make this soon. I hate shredding chicken, granted that I don’t have a KitchenAid stand mixer and I have do it by hand. Congrats on your new house!

  3. 05/24/2012 at 8:43 am

    This looks phenomenal! Congrats on the house!

  4. 05/24/2012 at 8:48 am

    What the heckkk, you’re a real person. Mortgage?! Ack.

  5. 05/24/2012 at 9:08 am

    This looks AMAZING, Julie! I’ll definitely be adding it to my weekly menu soon. Congrats on the house – can’t wait to see pics!!

  6. 05/24/2012 at 9:29 am

    Holy crap. I just shared this with my husband and he said, ‘We need to make this. Right. Now!’ This looks so good!!! :D I bet it was just fantastic!

  7. 05/24/2012 at 9:38 am

    o-m-g this sounds fab! I’m all for shredded chicken & of course congrats on the house! I too can agree with you. I’ve gained 15lbs this year–all because all I ever want to cook and eat is decadent food! damn you food blog. damn you good food! lol

  8. 05/24/2012 at 9:55 am

    There’s just so many things to address from this post. Okay here goes:
    1. Congrats on the house! You truly are an adult. I’m about 10-15 years behind you.
    2. This pie – to die for! My Jason is going to love this so much.
    3. This portion control crap is ridiculous. I’ve gained 10 pounds in the last couple of months and I work out every day! We make all these things for our blog and it’s just too hard to portion control. I want to hoard them all for myself too! Ah, that’s definitely the fat girl inside me talking.

  9. 05/24/2012 at 9:57 am

    Ooh so exciting about the house! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  10. 05/24/2012 at 10:14 am

    Yippee congrats again on the house. Can’t wait to see lots of pics! :) You should take us all on a walk through ;) I still need to try my KA for shredding. Maybe this weekend?

  11. 05/24/2012 at 10:15 am

    I had to laugh at your post because I think every food blogger can relate. We all just love good food:) This recipe looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing your new trick on how to shred chicken. Congrats on your new home. Now the stress can end and the decorating can begin:)

  12. 05/24/2012 at 10:18 am

    This looks SO GOOD! Very homey, stick-to-your-ribs kind of a dinner. I love BBQ and cornbread together too, so this just makes sense!

  13. 05/24/2012 at 10:31 am

    OMGSH I’m pretty sure I need this in my life. Also, I usually take at least half of my desserts to work to share or pawn them off on others. I just can’t be trusted with that stuff!

  14. 05/24/2012 at 10:49 am

    I just brought in a whole pan of bread pudding to my coworkers so they would devour it instead of me…wedding in 87 days. *cue panic* This looks amazing and why life, if I had this in front of me, and I was stressed out, I’d eat my weight of this in feelings-and-yum!
    Okay, now I’m hungry. And mouther watered.

  15. 05/24/2012 at 11:01 am

    I always stick half the recipe in the freezer for future baking if I have no one to give stuff away to. =)

    Lovely pizza!

  16. 05/24/2012 at 11:11 am

    congrats on the house! I feel your food blogging pain, I have a whole drawer in my freezer of cakes, that I’ve shoved in there to stop myself from eating them all. This pie looks incredible

  17. 05/24/2012 at 12:08 pm

    this sounds awesome! will definitely have to try it sometime soon. and congrats on closing on the house tomorrow – such an awesome time – enjoy it! =)

  18. 05/24/2012 at 12:39 pm

    Ummmm. I have no words. This looks incredible! I think every guy I know if my life will LOVE this recipe!

  19. 05/24/2012 at 1:18 pm

    ok…… i’m drooling. this looks INSANELY good. BBQ chicken = my fave. Cornbread = my other fave. peanut butter….. wellllllllll, save that for dessert when I have your pb cookies from yesterday. :)

  20. 05/24/2012 at 1:41 pm

    SO happy that you enjoyed this dish! I thought it was incredible too : ) definitely one of my new favs.

  21. 05/24/2012 at 1:47 pm


  22. 05/24/2012 at 2:00 pm

    Oh yes – using the KA to shred chicken is genius, right? This sounds so amazing. I would definitely have a hard time stopping myself from eating the whole thing!

  23. 05/24/2012 at 2:11 pm

    Julie, this looks CRAZY good! What an amazing all-in-one meal you made! Congratulations on closing on your house, too – how exciting! I was in your shoes exactly a year ago around this time. It’s so thrilling but so scary!

  24. 05/24/2012 at 2:37 pm

    Yup. I’d eat this.

  25. 05/24/2012 at 4:01 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. This looks so good! Congrats on your new house; its extremely exciting to have something that’s your own! I feel your pain with the good food…we all do :)

  26. 05/24/2012 at 6:00 pm

    i know you called this a pie, but when i first saw the pictures my immediate reaction was, “wow. what a glorious pizza” LOL. looks crazyy good!

  27. 05/24/2012 at 11:36 pm

    Yum! This looks so good! I added it to my list of Memorial Day Recipes!

  28. 05/24/2012 at 11:36 pm

    I was drooling on instagram or wherever it was I saw this the other day. Now, with legit pictures, it’s even worse. Thank you for that. Ha!

  29. 05/24/2012 at 11:39 pm

    Are you kidding? This is totally good for your ass! it will make it as round as Beyonce’s! ;-)

  30. 05/25/2012 at 9:05 am

    Ohhhhh nelly… this looks DANGEROUS! I like :). Ps… using a KitchenAid to shred… brilliant!

  31. 05/25/2012 at 9:08 am

    Oh and BTW we are closing on our house TODAY too! Moving on up and out of our starter home! BOOYAH! Congrats Julie!! :)

  32. 05/25/2012 at 10:36 am

    Oh my word I think I’m in love. This just looks sooooooo insanely good. I swear I just drooled on myself. :)

  33. 05/25/2012 at 11:06 am

    Julie, I am totally with you on the blog killing my waistline! But I love it too much to care! This pie is so unique and I love all of the flavors that you incorporated! I will be making this some time this summer for my husband, he would love it too!

  34. 05/25/2012 at 11:50 am

    Holy crap—I don’t even like cornbread but think I could be swayed by this meal. This looks out of this world!!

  35. MommaMary
    05/25/2012 at 12:33 pm

    This recipe sounds so gooooood! Wonder if I could make it in the grill?

    • 05/25/2012 at 12:36 pm

      You probably can with a cast iron skillet, but I wouldn’t know temperature range but the chicken would definitely taste awesome with that charred smokey taste!

  36. 05/25/2012 at 12:37 pm

    Woo hoo! Congrats on the house and what a way to celebrate. This thing looks dangerous! And GOOD!

  37. MommaMary
    05/25/2012 at 1:00 pm

    I have a cast iron skillet minus the handle. Only my boys could manage to break the handle off one of them. (Never did get the whole story as to how it happened.) I kept it for just this purpose.

  38. 05/25/2012 at 4:26 pm

    Congrats on your house, I hope closing went well! I am having the same problem with my jeans…portion control is key!! This pie looks incredible!

  39. 05/25/2012 at 5:44 pm

    This DOES look crazy amazing. I always have the best intentions of sharing too, but some things are just so.dang.good. and no one can make me :)

  40. 05/26/2012 at 12:59 am

    Girl, try cooking and baking so much without a man in the house to help you eat! I seriously hide stuff from myself these days because eating a whole loaf of brioche by myself just isn’t a good idea.

    This pie looks AMAZING though. I love any recipe that starts with Jiffy mix so I know I’ll love this!

  41. 05/26/2012 at 2:11 pm

    I always bring my desserts to my dance studio. I figure if I make them all fat, I’ll seem thin in comparison. Apparently running and pilates doesn’t want to help me lose any more weight. I’m getting my bag of shredded bbq chicken out of the freezer right now.

  42. 05/26/2012 at 11:11 pm

    I need to try this chicken shredding trick! And the pie…love it :)

  43. 05/28/2012 at 8:41 am

    I can see why you were excited about this recipe…it sounds terrific.

  44. 05/28/2012 at 3:29 pm

    This recipe looks to die for! I am so glad I came across your blog, I love it! Can’t wait to subscribe and see what else you share!

    If you’d like, I’d love for you to visit my blog. I am just starting up, but always love the opinion of a blogging veteran :)

  45. 05/29/2012 at 7:30 am

    I like the sound of a cornbread pie and this one looks really tasty!

  46. 05/29/2012 at 5:36 pm

    This looks SO yummy! Putting it on our dinner menu immediately!

  47. Sara
    05/30/2012 at 1:22 pm

    Making this tonight for dinner!!

  48. 06/03/2012 at 10:12 pm

    Oh my word, I NEED this in my life pronto. It sounds amazing!! I try to send all of my desserts to work with my husband but I still “sample” more than I should…

  49. Jessica
    06/12/2012 at 7:39 pm

    Made this tonight, and it was a hit with all!!!

  50. 06/21/2012 at 10:24 pm

    This looks SO good! I can’t wait to try it.

  51. Leah M
    06/26/2012 at 3:08 pm

    I saw a picture of the BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie and searched backward – eventually finding your blog! I think I’ll end up a regular after seeing some of the great recipes :)

    I had to comment on you issue with shredding chicken. I have found cooking a large batching in a slow cooker to produce the best tasting and most easily-shredded chicken to use for a multitude of recipes.

    Put about 5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast (fat removed) in a slow cooker with approximately 1 cup of water, salt, and pepper before going to bed or leaving for work. Cook on low for 6-7 hours (may depend on strength of slow cooker). When you return the chicken should be so perfectly cooked that a simple break apart with your hand or wooden spoon shreds it. The pieces won’t be perfectly uniform but I like it better that way. I’ve drained any fat and used the remaining drippings to flavor sauces and separated the chicken into portions for different meals. You can use beer in lieu of water and season it with anything you like. The end result is always hassle-free and a great base for tons of recipes. No need to clean a food processor and this method seems to retain more flavor than simple boiling.

    Once I gave this method a shot I’ve never gone back to boiling. Enjoy!

  52. 06/26/2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hi, I wanted to let you know I found this recipe quite intriguing and had to post it on my own food blog. Of course, I first spotted it on Damn Delicious which brought me to you.
    Love your blog – and aparently, my post has been posted here!
    Yep, I’m a novice food blogger, but learning quickly!
    Thanks again for posting this delicious recipe!

  53. 06/27/2012 at 3:54 pm

    I made this today and it was terrific. Loved the idea of using shredded chicken instead of ground. Turned out great and fed some hungry guys working on my deck! Thanks so much!

    • 06/27/2012 at 3:57 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it and the hard working men got a great meal! :)

  54. Aubrey
    07/13/2012 at 8:50 am

    Just made this last night and my boyfriend ate two huge pieces of it! It was sooooo good and something different to eat! We had it with homemade texas roadhouse rolls and fresh corn on the cob :) Definitely a hit!

  55. Nancy
    07/16/2012 at 1:28 pm

    Made this over the weekend. Simple and DELICIOUS!!

  56. Meredith
    07/30/2012 at 10:38 am

    Made this last evening for dinner! It was a huge hit with my husband and friends!

  57. Amy
    09/14/2012 at 11:15 pm

    Could you use already prepared BBQ sauce if you were in a rush? If so, how much would you recommend?

    • 09/15/2012 at 10:31 am

      I’d say start with a cup and increase if you need more! :)

  58. Kellie Cravens
    11/02/2012 at 8:10 pm

    This was fabulous! I didn’t have any tomato sauce so I used a xan of petite diced tomatoes ..worked great. Thank you

  59. 12/20/2012 at 8:41 pm

    My husband gave this BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie a 9.675 out of 10 when I served it to him tonight. SO FULL OF NOMZ!!

  60. Jessica
    02/05/2013 at 12:38 am

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was super tasty! :) my fiancé loved it! Thank you!!

  61. Nikki
    04/03/2013 at 3:16 pm

    does it make a difference between light or dark brown sugar?

  62. Laura
    04/22/2013 at 9:22 pm

    This was so delicious! I actually put all the ingredients for the topping in my crockpot in the morning and it was ready to shred and put in the crust when I got home from work. Definitely a boyfriend-pleaser food. Thanks for sharing :)

  63. Momma
    05/03/2013 at 10:33 pm

    The next time you make this, triple the amount of chicken that you shred. Use the amount needed for the recipe and put the rest in a freezer bag in the freezer. Next time you get a craving for it, the big part of the work is done, just pull out the freezer bag and microwave to thaw and warm it. Do the same with your ground beef, cook 5 lbs or so at a time and pkg in 1 lb packages. It will be ready when you need it and you only have the mess to clean up once. :)

  64. Jessica Marcotte
    10/22/2013 at 12:15 pm

    OMG!! I made this yesterday for dinner and it was awesome!! Super easy to make and it turned out delish! we will be having the left overs tonight for dinner=-) this will definetly be going into the rotation, thank you!

    • 10/23/2013 at 7:48 am

      This is one of my favs and I’m so happy it’s now on rotation for you :)

  65. Dana
    01/28/2014 at 12:34 pm

    SO GOOD! I made this last week and am already looking to put it back on the menu! I shortcut a bit and used our favorite bottled bbq sauce and substituted canned corn for frozen (it’s what we had on hand) and it was still amazing! YUM! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

    • 01/29/2014 at 8:19 am

      So glad you made this, Dana! I need to make it again, one of my favorites!

  66. Jessica
    06/12/2014 at 3:36 pm

    I found this on Pinterest and thought I should leave my review. I have made this several times now, and it is really delicious! I put half the Tabasco and felt it was spicy at this level (I’m a wimp with heat), but tolerable. Also I tried making it with half the worstechire and it was just as good with less sodium. My husband even requested this for his birthday. Go ahead and make this, everyone, because its really good, easy, cheap, and filling!

    • Julie
      06/14/2014 at 7:57 am

      This is one of my favorites and I don’t make it as often as I should! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  67. Carol
    08/06/2014 at 2:22 am

    Thank you. I HATE to cook and my husband most of the time doesn’t like what I fix. Since I retired, cooking is again a dreaded chore. So trying any recipe is a challenge. I substituted hamburger for the chicken and tweeked some of the spices. I liked the finished product. He ate it. Making progress. Thanks.

    • Julie
      08/06/2014 at 8:08 am

      Yay! I’m glad I can get you in the kitchen with my recipes :) keep at it, Carol!! :)


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