chicken enchiladas

At a play date during Sophia’s spring break, my friend made chicken enchiladas that were amazing. I had to get the recipe…which she kindly made up for me.  I replicated last week when my brother was in town, knowing he’d appreciate some spicy mexican food before he headed off for grits in the south!

Here’s her recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken filling:

  • 3 Chicken breast or whole chicken
  • Salsa
  • Chicken stock or water – just to cover the chicken

Cook chicken in crock pot until done (I did this the morning of enchilada day – on low for a few hours). Fork shred the chicken and then put it back into salsa-water to soaks up remaining sauce.

Prepare enchilada’s

  • Rice (I just made one cup of dried rice and added lime juice and cilantro)
  • I used Trader Joe’s mexican cheese blend – just a handful
  • Enchilada sauce (I used Macayo’s canned green enchilada sauce – my friend recommended it & you can get it at Safeway)
  • Tortillas (fresh if you can get them – I like tortillas from Alejandro’s Tortilla Factory (you can get them at Safeway)
  • More salsa!

In baking dish pour in a small amount of enchilada sauce in the bottom. Prepare enchilada’s by mixing all the ingredients in one large pot and then scoop a cup or more to fill the tortilla. Roll up and place seam down in pan. Pour rest of sauce over the top and sprinkle more cheese – make sure the tortillas are completely covered by the sauce.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. (It’s a good idea to cover with tin foil if you don’t want it to get too brown). Serve with guacamole, sour cream, refried beans, and lime tortilla chips. And more salsa!

clearly, tin foil would have been a good idea!

I made a huge batch and we ate it for lunch all week long. I even managed to go through a whole large jar of salsa in a week – unbelievable. What can I say – this baby likes spicy food!

***I made this recipe again last night, using two chicken breasts and less than a pound of stew beef in the slow cooker. I used the leftover “broth” of salsa and water to make the rice. I added lime juice, cilantro, and salsa to the entire mixture before placing the mixture inside tortillas.  Easy to tweak the recipe to just what you’re craving!!



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