I promise I did not cook up and shred actual cowboys for this dish. Although the joke in my family is since I have a culinary degree and a forensics degree that I will inspect the bodies and then cook them. Gross I know.
However, one and a half chickens did die for this meal. Sad yes, tasty, even more so. It’s a sick sense of humor kind of a day. I apologize.
So onto the actual food part of this post!!
I have seen so many cornbread topped casseroles lately and they sound good. So decided to experiment and this is what I came up with.
Servings: at least 6, less if you’re really hungry, more if your not
3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup of your fav bbq sauce, I used Sweet Baby Rays Original, divided
2 cans black beans, rinsed
2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 boxes jiffy cornbread mix, if you are lazy or don’t have cornmeal on hand.**
**For those of you who would like it:
½ cup cornmeal
1 ½ cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 ¼ cup milk
In a small crockpot place 1/2c bbq sauce and the chicken breasts. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. I did this because I like the consistency of shredded chicken in casseroles. You can also use left over chicken and shred it or cube it up or you can just cube up the chicken and cook it right before you need to use it. However you like, I am sure it will work well.
Preheat oven to 375.
Lightly grease a 9×13 glass baking dish.
In a medium bowl mix up the corn bread batter. Add 3/4c cheddar cheese and stir. Set aside to rest.
In a large bowl shred the cooked chicken. Add the drained corn, rinsed black beans, 1/2c bbq sauce and cheddar cheese to the chicken. Mix until well combined.
Spread mixture into the greased baking dish.
Remix the cornbread batter, about 3-4 stirs is enough. Drop batter by large spoonfuls on top of the base, then spread it evenly across the top.
Bake for about 40-45 minutes. You want the cornbread to be brown but fully cooked. If when you insert a toothpick into the cornbread it comes out clean then turn off the oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving. If toothpick has uncooked cornbread on it but the top is brown, tent with foil and cook another 5-10 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Then let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
Now there are many variations you can use in this casserole.
Meat: chicken, ground beef, ground pork, shredded pork, ground chicken
Beans: black, pinto, white/cannellini
Corn: canned, frozen, fresh off the cob
Sauce: bbq, salsa- homemade or jarred
Cornbread: homemade, boxed
Cornbread add ins: cheese, fine diced jalapenos, fine diced red or green pepper
You can do your own experimentation with any of these ingredients. I used what I had on hand any combination of these would be fantastic. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!!
If any of you try any of these combinations please share with me what you used and how you liked it.
As always I bid you,