To celebrate the occasion I decided to follow in last years footsteps and make another Mexican themes dish. Last year I made a simple dish which involved combining Mexican fiesta beans, cheese, and tortilla chips in a dish and baking until hot. I feel I’ve come a long way since then and wanted to do something a bit more challenging and tasty this year.
So as usual, I combined a few recipes to make this one. the recipe for the chicken is pretty much the same I used for the cheese stuffed chicken roll ups I posted a few posts back. My fiancé and I loved that chicken so I thought I would go ahead and try it out for this recipe except this time I used diced chicken instead of stuffed chicken. For the enchiladas, I referred to this recipe.
It did take some prep ahead of time so ill just get right into it.
8 whole grain tortillas (I used la tortilla factory brand; each tortilla has 8 grams of fiber!)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (I used raw chicken and added my own seasonings, recipe for this below)
A few bags of cheese (I used a mix of Italian and Mexican cheeses inside the enchiladas and then topped them with Mexican cheese)
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups broth (if out of broth, you can sub in 2 cups water + 2 tbsp olive oil or butter)
1 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt, which is what I used)
optional uncle bens while grain medley rice, Santa Fe flavor (or brown rice)
optional1 (4 oz) can diced green chillies
ingredients and directions for chicken
– about 3 Raw chicken breasts
– 1 cup plain yogurt
– 1/3 to 1/2 cup Mexican cheese
– garlic powder
1) if you choose to use your own raw chicken and seasonings, then keep reading. If you decide to use chicken that’s already prepared (like a rotisserie chicken) then just skip this part.
2) since I was using frozen chicken, I pulled my chicken out of the freezer Monday morning so it would have enough time to thaw in the fridge and be ready to work with come Wednesday morning.
3) once your chicken is thawed, cut into bite sized pieces and set aside in a large ziplock bag.
4) combine your yogurt, cheese, and seasonings in a bowl then add to your chicken in the ziplock bag and combine well.
5) preheat oven to 425 degrees f and spray a glass baking dish big enough to hold your chicken.
6) once your oven is preheated, add your chicken to your baking dish, make sure all chicken pieces are coated well with your yogurt mixture.
7) bake for about 30 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked.
8) once done baking, set aside. Continue on to enchilada recipe.
directions for enchiladas
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish
2. Mix chicken, rice, and 1 cup italian/mexican cheese. Roll up in tortillas and place in glass dish
3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
4. Stir in sour cream (or yogurt) and chilies (if using, I opted not to). Do not bring to boil, you don’t want curdled sour cream.
5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
6. Bake 22 min and then under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.
I was able to get 7 fat enchiladas but it all depends on how much you stuff into them, how tightly you roll them, etc.
be sure to specifically tell you’re family (and maybe even have them repeat you) that you’re making these so they don’t come home with pizza and breadsticks. I told my fiancé multiple times I was making something special for Halloween so what does he do? He comes home with pizza and breadsticks. Ether my cooking sucks that much…or he’s an airhead. I’m not sure which is worse.
Anyway, these enchiladas came out great! Cheesy and tasty and full of flavor. If you like Mexican food, these are a definite must try. Let me know if you make them and how they turn out for you.
So again, happy Halloween. Stay safe if you are trick or treating or taking little ones out to trick or treat. On a side note, my iPad changed “taking” to “tossing” so the sentence read “tossing little ones out to trick or treat” lol regardless of whether you’re taking or tossing little ones tonight, be safe!