BBQ Chicken in Cornbread

I feel like I have this dirty little secret I need to share:

I love Paula Deen.  I do.  I really, really do.  I love her unabashed, unapologetic way of using a stick of butter in nearly all of her recipes.  I know this isn’t healthy, and it’s not like we eat like this at every meal.  Everything is moderation, that’s my motto.  ‘Cause you know what?  Butter is really, really good.

I love the way she says, “ya’all” and I secretly wish I could use it in everyday conversations with friends and family.  Which would sound utterly ridiculous, because…well, I’m not Southern.  Unless my love of Gone With the Wind and the fact that I was named after Ashley Wilkes counts for anything.

Pretty sure it doesn’t, though.

Also, I love that she still cooks with her sons and that as grown men they still call her mama.  Love. It.  Don’t think I’m not already programming Doodlebug to do this, too.

Anyway, this recipe?

Doesn’t use any butter.

It’s awsome, though.  And quick and easy.  Perfect football food, which is kind of my focus right now.  ‘Cause football + food = happy me.

First, shred some grilled chicken and mix it with barbeque sauce.  You can certainly make your own if you’re feeling industrious, but I wasn’t.

Meanwhile, mix up a box of Jiffy cornbread mix, baking it in mini-muffin tins.  After you remove your muffins from the oven, use the handle of a cheese knife or juicer to poke the middle into a “cup” shape.  Like so:

Scoop spoonfuls of your barbeque chicken into the cups, and toss some diced dill pickle spears on top.


Recipe: BBQ Chicken in Cornbread


  • 2 (7-ounce) packages sweet yellow cornbread mix
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup barbeque sauce
  • Chopped dill pickles, for garnish


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cornbread mix, milk, and eggs, stirring until smooth. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups.
  2. Bake at 400 until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  3. Using the handle of a cheese knife or juicer, poke down the centers of the cornbread muffins to make a cup.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the chicken and barbeque sauce. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cornbread cups. Garnish with chopped dill pickles, if desired.
  5. Makes 24 mini-muffins.

recipe from Paula Deen



  1. amy @ fearless homemaker

    this looks absolutely delicious to me! i, too, like Paula Deen. while i agree with lots of people that her recipes aren’t the healthiest, i think we’re all smart enough to eat ’em in moderation. =) will definitely be making these for football-watching one day soon!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      I think this might have been the healthiest Paula Deen recipe I’ve ever tried. 🙂 Still, it didn’t disappoint!

  2. BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced}

    Love it! What a great idea! I never thought of making muffins into cups. Hmm…lots of possibilities. Anyways, I love Paula Deen too! And I totally wish I could ya’all without sounding funny. 🙂

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      This was a new concept for me, too, but you’re right…sooooo many different ways to use this method! Of course, I’m a sugar junkie, so I’m considering some sweet versions next. 🙂

  3. Lauren @ The Open Fridge

    Cute idea! I like them as personal-sized appetizers. I was just toying with the idea of baking cornbread over top of leftover BBQ chicken, “pot pie” style…this makes me think I might be trying an individualized approach!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      Love the idea of using these ingredients as a pot-pie style! Really, you can’t go wrong with bbq chicken and cornbread!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      We made football cookies tonight, and the Tall Boy and Doodle shared a Wildcat cookie! Hahahahaha! I’ve almost converted him! 🙂

  4. Shirley

    I LOVE cornbread so I think these really look fabulous! They would be great appetisers and they would be great for a quick breakfast to go if you could freeze them and pop them in the microwave. YUM

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      I thought of you when I made these, because they are a good entertaining food, yet look “fancy” enough to impress guests with very little work. My kind of food. 🙂

  5. Mary

    Theses are really tempting, especially at this time of year. They’d be perfect for a tailgate or game party. This is my first visit to your blog, so I’ve taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. You’ve created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I’ll definitely be back.I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      So glad to have you stop by! Come back any time. I’m off to check out your blog…


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