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Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

You are going to love these Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges! A fun dinner recipe the whole family will go nuts for!

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

So many fun memories writing this post today. I was contacted by Martha White to feature my 2007 winning Cornbread Cook-off recipe for their Virtual Cornbread Potluck 2015! Be sure to scroll down past the recipe and see the other bloggers who joined in the fun.

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Many of you probably don’t know that quite a few years ago I started my cooking career as a competitive cook! It’s funny even saying that because I am not really a competitive person! I really enjoyed writing recipes and just kind of fell into this fun world of competing. One of my favorite cook-off’s was definitely the Martha White Cornbread Cook-Off in 2007. Here I am preparing my dish for the judges. Talk about being a nervous wreck! I remember getting all of my cute food props at World Market. My father-in-law flew with us and the boys and we got to play in TN for a few days. The Cornbread Festival was so much fun. So much good food to try.

So…..did I win the cook-off? …..

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

That’s me, I won! I got the famous skillet champion hat plus $5000 to take home. What a fun weekend that was.

I ended up competing from 2004-about 2007. So many great memories and friends made. I’ll never forget it. When I was done competing, I started Picky Palate and here I am still creating recipes. It’s the perfect job for me 🙂

Hope you enjoy my winning cornbread recipe, give it a try, you’ll be glad you did!!

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges


Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Chicken Taco Cornbread WedgesPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 40 min



  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (7 oz.) pkg. Martha White® Sweet Yellow Cornbread Mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup crushed corn tortilla chips


  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded romaine
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes


  1. HEAT oven to 400°F. Combine ranch dressing, salsa and 1 cup cilantro leaves in a small food processor or blender. Process until well blended. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. HEAT olive oil in 10-inch Lodge cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken, 3 tablespoons cilantro, salt, cumin, pepper and tomatoes with green chilies; cook 5 minutes. Remove from skillet. Wipe out skillet with paper towel; grease.
  3. BEAT egg in large bowl. Add cornbread mix and milk; mix well. Place tortilla chips in greased skillet. Pour cornbread mixture over chips. Spoon chicken mixture over cornbread mixture; sprinkle with cheeses. BAKE 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into wedges. Top with romaine and tomatoes; drizzle with dressing.

Makes 6 Servings

Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges

Be sure to check out my blogging friends for more Cornbread recipes!

This post is in partnership with Martha White, however thoughts and recipes are my own. All photos via Martha White/National Cornbread Cookoff 2007.

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  1. 1
    Emit e says:

    How fun! We went to the cornbread festival last year and they had the most delicious butterscotch and coconut cornbread that was to die for. Already planning our trip back this year!

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    Beth B. says:

    This looks awesome! I’ll definitely give it a try! P.S. I live a short distance from the cornbread festival but I’ve never been.

  8. 8

    What a great way to do cornbread!

  9. 9

    Fun post, Jenny! And this recipe looks so awesome. I had the pleasure of visiting Martha White a couple years ago, such great people!

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    Ronna F says:

    I always thought this was a great recipe Jenny! One good thing about competitive contest cooking is that you can go back to it at any time if you choose to! It was great meeting up with you at Pillsbury, 2006, and I hope I have the pleasure of meeting up with you again some day!!!!

  11. 11

    My family loves this recipe. I’ve made it so many times.

  12. 12

    I need to make this Jenny my family would love it! xxxx

  13. 13
    marla says:

    WOW! It’s so fun to learn about how you started 🙂 This recipe looks like a total WIN!

  14. 14

    This is too fun! I remember seeing you on food network, maybe it was a burger competition, pretty awesome! My guys would absolutely love this incredibly delicious dinner!

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    Leela says:

    That looks so good.

  16. 16

    SO fun!! Love the skillet hat! LOL! The Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges look amazing!! Must try this ASAP.

  17. 17
    Deanna D says:

    Wow! This looks yummy! Gotta try.

  18. 18

    So fun, Jenny!! That skillet on your head – you look adorable 🙂 🙂

  19. 19

    These cornbread wedges look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

  20. 20
    Margot C says:

    Oh how great that looks (I pinned it!) – and what a cute winner you are.

  21. 21

    Wow, this is some serious good looking eats here! Great idea…I am totally make this.

  22. 22
    Linda J says:

    This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it out.

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    Jackie says:

    This looks really tasty, love taco pizza so this would be wonderful.

  24. 24
    Jennifer Howie says:

    This recipe is a must try for me, would love to win the cast iron!

  25. 25

    How cool and an honor to be asked back in the All Star and the Virtual Potluck! I understand why your recipe won, looks tasty!

  26. 26

    What fun memories!! And what a delish looking cornbread for SURE!!

  27. 27

    This looks delicious! You’ve always been so creative in coming up with new recipes!

  28. 28
    ColleenB. says:

    Your recipe looks wonderful and oh, so, yummy
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

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    Debora says:

    Your Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges looks awesome. Christy Jordan at Southern Plate suggested I check it out. Glad I came by….Thanks

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    Stacey says:

    Jenny! Wow! This looks so good! What a GREAT idea!

  31. 31

    you are the cutest thing ever!!!! and the cornbread looks great!

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    Maria says:

    Congrats! How exciting and such a yummy recipe!!

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    Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says:

    So cool to hear a little bit about your story and how you got your start into this whole cooking thing! These taco cornbread wedges look amazing!

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    Gaby says:

    This cornbread looks too delicious!!!

  35. 35
    Deborah says:

    So much fun!! And these cornbread wedges look amazing – no wonder they were a winner!

  36. 36

    Yum!! Thanks for these! They look delicious!

  37. 37

    We live not too far away from South Pittsburg in Chattanooga, but I have never been to the Cornbread Festival! I really need to go. I have a rule, though. Cornbread canNOT be baked in anything other than a Lodge skillet!

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    Kristen says:

    Those flashback photos are too fantastic! You haven’t aged a bit, Jenny! Love it!

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    Latina says:

    I made this for dinner tonight…what a hit! My husband and I both loved the flavor, and I loved how easy it was to throw together. This will definitely be in the rotation 🙂

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