Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chicken enchiladas

Now that there is daylight until later in the evening, I can photograph some of the delicious meals I've been making for dinner! The other week I made chicken enchiladas adapted from a Tyler Florence/Food Network recipe. These enchiladas were really good but I did make some minor modifications to the recipe.  I added 6 chipotle chiles instead of 4 (add even more if you like it spicy!) and next time I would probably omit the corn. I am not a huge fan of savory and sweet combined and the corn gave the enchiladas a bit of a sweetness.

Chicken Enchiladas (adapted from Food Network)


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon Mexican Spice Blend
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
5 canned whole green chiles, seeded and coarsely chopped
4 canned chipotle chiles, seeded and minced
1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
16 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce, canned
1 cup shredded Cheddar and Jack cheeses

Garnish: chopped cilantro leaves, chopped scallions, sour cream, chopped tomatoes


Coat large saute pan with oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken over medium heat, allow 7 minutes each side or until no longer pink. Sprinkle chicken with cumin, garlic powder and Mexican spices before turning. Remove chicken to a platter, allow to cool.

Saute onion and garlic in chicken drippings until tender. Add corn and chiles. Stir well to combine. Add canned tomatoes, saute 1 minute.

Pull chicken breasts apart by hand into shredded strips. Add shredded chicken to saute pan, combine with vegetables. Dust the mixture with flour to help set.

Microwave tortillas on high for 30 seconds. This softens them and makes them more pliable. Coat the bottom of 2 (13 by 9-inch) pans with a ladle of enchilada sauce. Using a large shallow bowl, dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce to lightly coat. Spoon 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each tortilla. Fold over filling, place 8 enchiladas in each pan with seam side down. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree F oven until cheese melts. Garnish with cilantro, scallion, sour cream and chopped tomatoes before serving. Serve with Spanish rice and beans.

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  1. Yum, this looks delicious! Do you have a recommendation for brand of enchilada sauce?

  2. i've used old el paso enchilada sauce and have no complaints, although i haven't tried any other brands. i also love to use refried beans in my enchiladas!

  3. I have never tackled an enchilada before but this makes it look easy. I"m going to give it a shot. My kids will thank you!

  4. Yum these look so good! I love enchiladas! Thanks for the recipe. I should make these this weekend!


  5. I am a huge Mexican fan and somehow I've never made these. I'd love to find a healthy version. I think it's time! xxSAS