Baked Chicken Enchiladas

Maggie May Schill

By
@NakedMaggie

Been craving Mexican lately...but have also been craving lasagna at the same time. So I was thinking, what is Mexican but also satisfies that baked cheesy craving? I went with Enchiladas this week.

Simply, here's how I make my Chicken Enchiladas.


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Serves:

4

Prep:

2 Hr

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

4
fresh ripe tomatoes, cubed
5 clove
garlic, crushed
1
jalapeno peppers, sliced and seeded
1
red bell pepper, sliced and seeded
1 large
red onion, minced
2 Tbsp
vegetable oil
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter
1 lb
chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1 c
flour
4
8 inch, flour tortillas
1/2 c
sour cream
1 c
fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 c
quesodilla cheese, grated
1/2 c
monterey jack cheese, grated
1/2 c
cheddar cheese, grated
2 Tbsp
cumin
2 tsp
chilli powder
3/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
celery salt
salt and pepper to taste
1 c
cooked black beans

Directions Step-By-Step

1
For Enchilada Sauce:

1-In a large sauce pan, heat your oil to smoking temperature.

2-Set pan to medium heat. Add your garlic to the pan and let them sweat. immediately add 1/2 your diced red onion. (set rest of onion aside for later.) Cook until translucent.

3-Add your cubed tomatoes to the pan, along with a pinch of salt to draw the liquids from the tomatoes. Stir for half a minute then add your red pepper and jalapeno.

4-Cover pan and set to medium-low heat and let cook for 2 hours.

5-Uncover pan after 2 hours and blend the sauce smooth with an immersion blender. Or transfer to a standard blender and blend until smooth. (You can also forgo blending altogether if you prefer a chunky Enchilada sauce.)

6-Set heat back to medium.

7-Stir in cumin, cayenne, chilli powder and celery salt. Stir.

8-Add salt and pepper to taste.

9-Allow to cook for another 10 minutes uncovered on the medium heat.

10-Stir in cilantro.

11-Set sauce aside.
2
For Filling:

1-Heat your salted butter in a large frying pan.

2-Pound your chicken breast flat and dredge in flour.

3-Once butter is hot, fry your chicken until cooked through.

4-Remove chicken from heat and let cool at room temperature. (Never cool chicken in the fridge!!!)

5-Scrape your frying pan and add the rest of your red onions to the pan.

6-Cook until tender, then add your pre-cooked black beans and heat through. Set aside.

7-In a large mixing bowl, shred your chicken.

8- add your sour cream and 3/4 of your cheeses to the bowl.

9-Add your onion and black bean mixture to the bowl.
Add salt and pepper to taste, and mix everything together.
3
Assembly:

1-Pre-heat oven to 375'F

2-In a 9X9 casserole dish, spread 1 1/2 cups of your sauce to coat bottom of pan.

3-Lay your tortillas out on a clean counter or cutting board.

4-Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the filling on each tortilla.

5-Roll tortillas to seal in filing.

6-Lay rolled tortillas in your pan on top of your sauce.

7-Pour 2-3 cups of your sauce over the tortillas.

8-Spread the rest of your cheese on top.( I also like to add any extra black beans to the topping, because black beans are awesome in my opinion. The more the better!)

9-Bake for about 30 minutes, or until bubbly!!!

10-Let cool for 10 minutes before serving

( Add cilantro to finished dish if you want a little extra crunch and fresh flavor.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Tacos & Burritos
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southwestern