Did you come here today looking for the best chicken enchilada recipe ever? Good! Because I have one.
Jessie made these for us a few weeks ago when Seth was gone. They were delicious! She warned me that they were a little time-consuming but I said I didn’t care and wanted the recipe.
Note: Do not make these unless you have approximately 2 hours to kill and children are nowhere to be found.
I decided to make these last night to blow off some steam after our day o’ screaming. I started at 8pm and finished at 10:15. But to be fair, I did make 3 batches to freeze so we had food on future days o’ screaming. I told Seth I even felt like a real Mexican woman (you guys know he’s the real judge) because I had to chop up so many vegetables and strain the sauce and cook the chicken in the sauce, blah blah blah. He asked if I used a pumice stone to chop those vegetables because that’s what real Mexicans use.
A pumice stone?
Like what you use on foot calluses?
I think he meant one of these mortar and pestle bowls…
Perhaps he’s not the best judge of Mexican-ism after all!
But I digress. Here is the recipe for the BEST chicken enchiladas. You won’t regret making them!
Chicken Enchiladas (courtesy of Annie’s Eats)
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine
1 tsp. canola oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. sugar
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese, divided
½ cup minced fresh cilantro
12 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
Combine the onion, jalapeno and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the onions and peppers have softened, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin and sugar, and cook just until fragrant, less than 30 seconds. Mix in the tomato sauce, water, and chopped tomato. Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower the heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Nestle the chicken into the sauce. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the chicken is completely cooked through (160˚ F on an instant-read thermometer), about 12-20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.
Strain the sauce through a large mesh strainer into a medium bowl, pressing down on the onions and tomatoes to extract as much liquid as possible. Transfer the reserved solids to a large bowl and set aside. Season the sauce with additional salt and pepper to taste.
Shred the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the bowl with the onion mixture. Add in ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce, ½ cup of each of the shredded cheeses, and the cilantro. Stir to combine.
Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Oil a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray. Stack the tortillas on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 40-60 seconds, until warm and pliable. Spoon 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture evenly down the center of a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla around the filling tightly, and place in the prepared baking dish, seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.
Lightly spray the tops of the enchiladas with cooking spray. Place in the oven, uncovered, for 7 minutes or until the tortillas start to brown slightly.
Reduce the oven temperature to 400˚ F. Remove the enchiladas from the oven and pour the sauce oven the top. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is browned. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.