Dinner
Dinner

Vegan Chik'n Green Tamales

Vegan Chik'n Green Tamales
Level
Intermediate
Prep: 
45 min
Cook 
01 hr, 50 min
Servings
Makes 22-24 tamales

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) SWEET EARTH Enlightened Foods Mindful Chik'n™ Strips
  • 40-50 corn husks
  • 16 tomatillos, husks & stems removed
  • Half large white onion, peeled
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 serrano peppers, stems removed
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 pounds (6 cups) Maseca Instant Corn Masa Flour
  • 4 tablespoons oil (like veg oil, canola or avocado oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable shortening
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
Package of Mindful Chik'n Strips with product description and benefits by chik'n in a sauce and a tray of uncooked strips.
Plant-based Chik'n

MAKE IT

Step 1
Husk Instructions: Sort through your corn husks! I always encourage to buy more husks then you need because sometimes there will be some bad ones in a batch (some may have a little mold, holes or small bugs). Make sure to toss out the bad ones then transfer the good ones to a bowl and cover with water. You can soak either over night or at least for 1 hour!
Step 2
Masa Instructions: Add the vegetable shortening to mixer and beat, until very light, about 1 minute ... (you can also use a whisk and do it by hand) & then add salt. Add baking powder, and then take turns adding the instant corn masa and the vegetable broth. Continue beating until dough is as fluffy as can get. Then add in the oil. Beat again for 3-4 minutes. Cover the masa with plastic wrap while you prepare the salsa verde and @sweetearthfoods Mindful Chik’n.
Step 3
Salsa Instructions: In a pot add water, tomatillos (husks removed), 2-3 Serranos or jalapeños, garlic cloves and half an onion. Bring to a boil and boil for 5-7 minutes or until tomatillos have turned a darker green. Once tomatillos are ready carefully strain all the ingredients then add to a blender...followed by a generous pinch of salt and half a bunch of cilantro. Blend until smooth.
Step 4
Chik’n Instructions: In large skillet, cast iron or pan over medium high heat, add 2 tbsp oil of choice, once hot add in the @sweetearthfoods Mindful Chik’n. Let it get golden on the bottom side, will take 3-4 minutes then flip to crisp the other side as well. Season with a pinch of salt and cracked pepper and cook for a total of 8-10 minutes! Once the chik’n is ready, pour over the green salsa, mix and cook for another 2 minutes. Salsa should slightly thicken.
Step 5
Bring it all together Instructions: Transfer the chik’n in salsa verde to a bowl. Strain the corn husks and pat them dry with a kitchen towel or paper towels.
Step 6
Lay out a corn husk with the tapering end towards you. Spread about 3-4 tablespoons of masa into about a 2- to 3-inch square, the layer should be about 1/4-inch thick, leaving a border of at least 1/2-inch on the sides and about two inches on the bottom without masa. Place about a heaping tablespoon of the salsa verde chik’n in the center of the masa.
Step 7
Fold over the filling then take the other side and fold over to create the tamale, lastly fold up the tapering bottom. Prepare all the tamales and place them as vertically as you can in the pot with a proper steamer with about 1/4-1/2 cup of water in the pot, should be right below the steamer. Cover with more corn husks, and steam covered for an hour and half to 2 hours…Every steamer / pot set up is different so if need be steam for up to two and a half hours...just make sure there is water in the bottom the whole time and steam on low heat. Add a few splashes of water to the pot if needed throughout the cooking process.
Step 8
You know the tamales are ready when they come easily free from the husks. I like to turn off heat and let them sit for an hour to firm up a little more before enjoying. Serve with vegan crema and salsa of choice!