Leftover Chicken – Part 1 … Cheesy Chicken Cornbread Chili

Chicken is pretty much a staple around our house.  It is easy and versatile to cook with.  Whether you enjoy grilling, baking, stir-fry or making soup, there is always a great recipe for chicken.   I will usually buy a few ten-pound bag of legs and thighs, and boneless breasts when they are on sale.  We have a large freezer, and I put it to good use.  At least one bag of the legs and thighs will be boiled to be able to have broth on hand for soup and cooked chicken ready for quick meals.  I like to cook enough so we have leftovers for lunch and/or dinner the next day.

Last week I did a few different things with chicken breasts.  One of them was Cheesy Chicken Cornbread Chili.  I saw a recipe for Cornbread Chili and decided to adapt it and use the chicken and other ingredients I had on hand.

Cheesy Chicken Cornbread Chili


1 lb cooked chicken breast – cut into small cubes or shreddedcornbread-chili-in-pot

1 cup grated cheese

2 tsp (or so) Chili powder

1 tsp (or so) Garlic powder
Salt and pepper (to taste)


1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies and onion

1 can ranch style bean

1 box (8.5 oz) cornbread mix (milk and egg needed

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the cornbread mix according to package directions cornbread-chili-in-oven
    and set aside.
  3. Combine all other ingredients (except the cheese) into a pot and bring to a boil.  If you feel you need a little more liquid, add about 1/2 cup of water.  You want some liquid but not too much
  4. Pour the chili mixture into an 8″ x 8″ pan.
  5. Layer the cheese on top of the chili.cornbread-chili-in-pyrex
  6. Pour the cornbread mix evenly over all the ingredients.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cornbread is cooked completed.  Use a toothpick to test.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!!     



This turned out great, and my husband, who is not a huge cornbread fan, loved it.

Do you make casseroles?  Post a picture of your favorites on our Living and Loving our Lives Facebook page.  If you try this one, let me know how it turns out in the comments below.