Friday, October 3, 2008

Chicken Enchiladas

This dish was inspired by Candy at The Courageous Cook
Candy made Enchiladas Verde using a salsa verde. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find salsa verde in the regular grocery store so I used our favorite medium picante (you'll need a 16 ounce jar for this recipe). Candy is so right that this is so quick and it tasted so wonderful. I had portioned off two extra enchiladas to take to work for lunch one day, but one of the homegirlz' friends asked to stay for dinner while she smelled this cooking.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 13 oven safe cooking dish with non-stick cooking spray,

Season 2 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and grill on a grill pan using 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Remove fully cooked chicken from pan to bowl and shred using two forks. Hold forks backwards and pull chicken in opposite direction.

Add 1/2 cup of your salsa or picante to the shredded chicken and combine thoroughly.

Heat a skillet over medium - high heat and add remaining picante, juice from 1 lime (about 1/4 cup - you know limes can be tricky, sometimes they just aren't that juicy), and 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to low and stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro. Are you smelling this? I'm a cilantro fiend! Get out your pack flour tortillas (8 tortillas works best, but were were able to squeeze out 10 and used two baking dishes) and using tongs, dip a tortilla one at a time in salsa mix just long enough to coat both sides. Remove and top with 1/3 cup chicken.

Roll up and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Add 2/3 of a cup of reduced- fat sour cream and 1/2 cup chicken broth to skillet and combine. Pour sauce over enchiladas. Cover baking dish with foil and place in preheated oven. Bake 15 minutes. Remove foil; sprinkle with cheese and continue baking 5 minutes longer or until cheese melts.

This is some flavorful cheesy goodness that made our dinner feel full of purpose and as an added bonus, I got to watch three juveniles eat green things without thinking twice about it!

Ya'll have a great weekend! I guess I'm stuck doing the dishes...AGAIN!


gigi said...

Now that was easy peasy! I like good stuff that doesn't take forever to get on the table. This is one I can see and end to quickly.

To answer from my blog. My DIL's boss works in the Ruston, Louisiana plant of IIG (Industrial Insulation Group) and he took the picture at lunch one day last week. So he's the one who forward it to her and then her to me! My brother sent me the with the jiffy popcorn. I loved the wall papaer in that picture the best! Crazy.

Prudy said...

Those look wonderful! I love enchiladas. I loved your last comment-I got to watch three juveniles eat green things. Hee Hee.

Marjie said...

Easy dinners are best. And of course you got to do the dishes again. You really didn't expect volunteers, did you?

Anonymous said...

Great take on the recipe. I like your use of flour tortillas and red salsa! Thanks for giving it a try.

Bridgett said...

Oh my goodness, I would have wanted to stay for dinner as well. How decadent and yummy and you just can't beat a great enchilada. Enjoy your weekend!

Aggie said...

Those dishes never go away do they! Ugh!

This looks delicious Katherine! I love enchiladas and need to put them in the rotation next week.

Maria said...

I always forget about enchiladas even though I love them. Thanks for the reminder. I need to make them soon! Have a great weekend!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm going to have to try your version. I think it'll really kick up my enchiladas! I really like the way you flavored the chicken and the cheese sauce--right now I'm just using the McCormick's sauce pack (I know, for shame!)

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness I'd be in heaven with a big plate of these beauties right now! Great pics!!

Reeni said...

Those look great Katherine. I'd like to eat over next time you make these, too!

Debbie said...

Chicken enchiladas always look so good. I will try this recipe sometime. I have made several variations of this dish and love to experiment with it....thanks!

April said...

This is so going on my dinner menu!! Looks fantastic!