Chicken Enchiladas That Make Your Tummy Smile

Surprise! Not even finals and 88 degrees outside in Minneapolis (and in my apartment) can keep me away from my quaint kitchen! My hubby scanned meals on the menu for the week and selected Chicken Enchiladas. So Chicken Enchiladas we will had.

This wife however, scanned the ingredients for the recipe, and didn’t actually look at the process until I dug every single ingredient out. The first step alone took about 30 minutes. Ooph. The rest of the steps were far less time consuming in terms of actually working. After chopping, and stirring, and more chopping, things calmed down.

This recipe was fun because everything was from scratch. I didn’t walk down the Mexican Food Aisle and grab a can of Enchilada Sauce, I bought tomato sauce, then mixed in chili powder, garlic, onion, jalapeño, etc. I feel like I actually accomplished a meal tonight.

Two things I want you to know:
– One, these are completely worth every second spent in the kitchen and drop of sweat shed.
– Two, they go great with Spanish Rice.

So here you have it folks, courtesy of Annie’s Eats

Chicken Enchiladas

1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine
1 tsp. canola oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. sugar
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese, divided
½ cup minced fresh cilantro
12 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
Cooking spray

Directions: 
Combine the onion, jalapeno and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Cook, stirring often, until the onions and peppers have softened, 8-10 minutes.  Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin and sugar, and cook just until fragrant, less than 30 seconds.  Mix in the tomato sauce, water, and chopped tomato.  Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower the heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Nestle the chicken into the sauce.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the chicken is completely cooked through (160˚ F on an instant-read thermometer), about 12-20 minutes.  Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.

Strain the sauce through a large mesh strainer into a medium bowl, pressing down on the onions and tomatoes to extract as much liquid as possible.  Transfer the reserved solids to a large bowl and set aside.  Season the sauce with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Shred the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the bowl with the onion mixture.  Add in ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce, ½ cup of each of the shredded cheeses, and the cilantro.  Stir to combine.

Preheat the oven to 425˚ F.  Oil a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray.  Stack the tortillas on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 40-60 seconds, until warm and pliable.  Spoon 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture evenly down the center of a tortilla.  Roll up the tortilla around the filling tightly, and place in the prepared baking dish, seam-side down.  Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.

Lightly spray the tops of the enchiladas with cooking spray.  Place in the oven, uncovered, for 7 minutes or until the tortillas start to brown slightly.

Reduce the oven temperature to 400˚ F.  Remove the enchiladas from the oven and pour the sauce oven the top.  Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.  Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is browned.  Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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2 Comments on “Chicken Enchiladas That Make Your Tummy Smile”

  1. I’m not a huge ‘Mexican Cuisine’ fan, but the chicken you made inside of the enchilada looks fantastic! I might just have to make some of that and eat it all by its self! haha
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    bB
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  2. vickie renken says:

    Looks yummy! You need to live closer so you can cook for me!


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