Cornbread is a staple of Southern cuisine, and it’s the perfect complement to this chicken pie. Look no further if you’re looking for a recipe to impress your family or guests during the holiday season.

Southern Cornbread Chicken Pie is a main meal made with chicken, cheese, and salsa and baked in cornbread in the shape of a pie. Depending on the heat level of the salsa used and any extra hot sauces swirled in, it can be made mild or spicy.

Southern Cornbread Chicken Pie Recipe


Cornbread Crust

  • 1 cup cornmeal, white or yellow (can be self-rising or plain cornmeal)
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or cheddar)

Cornbread Pie Filling

  • 1 small whole chicken cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces (or favorite chicken parts in a similar amount – 3 to 4 cups)
  • 1 jar salsa (14 ounces or similar)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or cheddar)

Cornbread Pie Topping

  • ½ cup shredded cheese (Monterrey Jack or cheddar)
  • 1 small can (4 oz) of black olives (optional)


  1. For the cornbread crust, stir the egg in water until well mixed.
  2. Mix cornmeal, flour, and baking powder and stir with water and egg.
  3. Add cheese and stir in with the batter.
  4. Spray a 9-inch pie pan (or similar sized casserole dish) with Pam non-stick cooking spray or grease pan.
  5. Pour ¾ of the batter in and save the last ¼ from going on top of the filling.
  6. Put cornbread crust aside and mix cornbread pie filling.
  7. Stir together chicken, salsa, and cheese and mix until evenly distributed.
  8. Pour chicken filling on top of the cornbread crust in the pan. Place in the center mostly and use a hand or a fork to spread the filling out evenly gently. The cornbread crust should slightly come up around the sides of the filling.
  9. Use the reserved ¼ cornbread crust batter to add a crust to the top. Put that in the center. It should not spread out to the sides of the pie plate. It just makes a circle in the center. Use a spoon to spread it and get a circle shape if desired.
  10. Bake, the Southern Cornbread Chicken Pie at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until the top crust is lightly browned.
  11. Remove from oven and sprinkle on cheese and black olives if desired.
  12. Return the pie to the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  13. Cut and serve in pie slices or squares if using a casserole dish.