BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

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

    This bbq chicken cornbread pie is basically a complete meal of everything you want! You will be back for slice after slice!

    BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

    Let me tell you about this bbq chicken cornbread 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 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$$ slice. Probably not good for my real a$$.

    This bbq chicken cornbread pie is basically a complete meal of everything you want! You will be back for slice after slice!

    So, if none of that is enough to convince you to make this cornbread pie now, here’s a little more to sweeten the pot. It’s an easy dinner recipe that comes together with no fuss, and simple, everyday ingredients, and only takes 15 minutes to cook! Made with a sweet barbecue sauce that covers the chicken, and a crispy cheese topped cornbread, who could resist?

    How To Make a Cornbread Pie

    First, you’ll preheat oven and grease a 9″ pie pan. Then, in a medium-sized bowl, combine the cornbread mix, egg, butter, and milk, and fold in the corn. Pour mixture into prepared pie pan and bake until the top is just about set and golden brown. Remove from oven when it’s done and set aside.

    This bbq chicken cornbread pie is basically a complete meal of everything you want! You will be back for slice after slice!

    Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet and 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, and season with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce, and cook for a few more minutes. Next, you’ll add in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Stir to combine, reduce the heat and simmer the mixture until thickened

    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 until the cheese has completely melted over the top.

    This bbq chicken cornbread pie is basically a complete meal of everything you want! You will be back for slice after slice!

    What If I Don’t Like Cornbread?

    I hate to say it, but if you don’t like cornbread, then this recipe probably isn’t for you. I love giving all the best substitutes for any recipe, so as many people can enjoy it as possible, but this recipe just wouldn’t be the same at all without the cornbread. It’s kind of the basis of the pie.

    If you’re still craving bbq though, be sure to head to the bottom of this post for more inspiration, and some other recipes that don’t include cornbread.

    Can I Make This Cornbread Pie Without Chicken?

    Yes! You could also make this with shredded pork as well. I wouldn’t suggest trying to skip the meat altogether though. Just like the cornbread, the meat holds a lot of weight in the making of this recipe, so I highly suggest making sure you incorporate some type of shredded protein source.

    This bbq chicken cornbread pie is basically a complete meal of everything you want! You will be back for slice after slice!

    How Long Does BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie Keep?

    Normally cornbread dishes can be left on the counter because cornbread is safe to eat at room temperature, but since we are working with perishable ingredients like chicken and cheese, along with the cornbread, this pie will need to be kept in the refrigerator.

    You can store it in an airtight container, or just cover the pie dish with foil, or plastic wrap. Once stored properly, the cornbread pie will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    Can I Freeze Cornbread Pie?

    Yes! Cornbread is 100% freezable, as well as the filling. If you want to make an extra batch to save for a rainy day, just prep the dish as you would for the refrigerator, and place it on a level spot in the freezer for up to 4 months.

    To reheat you can take the cornbread pie out of the freezer, let it thaw for a few hours, then reheat in the oven on 350 for about 30 minutes. This method will give you the best results, but microwaving will work just as well.

    Tips For Making the Best BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

    • Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to shred the chicken. A super-quick way to shred chicken is to throw the precooked chicken into a bowl and mix on medium speed until it is all shredded to your liking. It’s way easier and quicker than shredding using a fork.
    • If you’re short on time, feel free to use premade bbq sauce instead of the homemade version.
    • Don’t forget to broil the pie at the end. The broiling step is vital for giving you that amazing crisp melted cheese coating on top that really sets this recipe over the edge. It won’t be the end of the world if you forget, but it just won’t be quite the same.

    You’ll Love These Other BBQ Recipes!

    One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Rice

    BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza

    Slow Cooker Mini BBQ Pork Sliders

    Pumpkin BBQ Sloppy Joe’s

    BBQ Chicken Quesadillas with Mushrooms, Onions, & Peppers

    BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie

    Cornbread topped with BBQ chicken. OMG
    Prep Time: 25 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 40 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
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    • 1: 8.5 oz box corn muffin mix, like Jiffy
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tbsp Unsalted butter, melted
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 1/2 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
    • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    • 2 tsp hot sauce
    • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 cup tomato sauce
    • 1 1/2 tbsp dark brown sugar
    • 10 oz shredded cheddar cheese


    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9″ pie pan. Set aside.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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

    Photography by Jesse Reilly

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  • Rachel Cooks says:

    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!

  • Jenn says:

    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!

  • Villy @ For the love of Feeding says:

    This looks phenomenal! Congrats on the house!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

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

  • Josie says:

    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!!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says:

    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!

  • katie says:

    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

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    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.

  • Kathryn says:

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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?

  • 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:)

  • Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says:

    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!

  • Ryan @ Spicy Richmond says:

    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!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    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.

  • Stephanie says:

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

    Lovely pizza!

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    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

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    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! =)

  • Lauren says:

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

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    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. :)

  • Laura @ Laura's Sweet Spot says:

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

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:


  • Cassie says:

    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!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    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!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Yup. I’d eat this.

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks says:

    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 :)

  • Lynna says:

    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!

  • shawn @ I Wash...You Dry says:

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

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    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!

  • Jessica says:

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

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

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

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

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

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says:

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

  • Mercedes says:

    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!

  • Tiffany says:

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

  • MommaMary says:

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

    • Julie says:

      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!

  • Heidi @foodiecrush says:

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

  • MommaMary says:

    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.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    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!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    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 :)

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    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!

  • Deanna says:

    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.

  • Baking Serendipity says:

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

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

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

  • Sabrina (Sugarly Ever After) says:

    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 :)

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking) says:

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

  • Awkward Kitchenette says:

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

  • Sara says:

    Making this tonight for dinner!!

  • Tracey says:

    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…

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