Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce

My husband loves these enchiladas.  Shoot, I love these enchiladas and I don't usually like enchiladas. lol.  I never ever order them at restaurants.  This is another homemade dish you can brag about...  the enchilada sauce is done from scratch.  :)  Enjoy!!

This is a spicy dish - so if you cant handle the spice omit the Louisiana Hot Sauce & Cayenne.

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (or 4 slices from the jar of  nacho style jalapenos, chop them)
1 teaspoon salt
4-5 medium cloves garlic, minced
3 rounded tablespoons chili powder
3 rounded teaspoons ground cumin
1 level teaspoon sugar
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
1/2 tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups of canned Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilis, drained
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2-3 chicken breasts)
6 ounces extra sharp cheddar, shredded
6 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
3/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
14 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
cooking spray
salt and ground black pepper
a pinch of cayenne


Preheat oven to 425° F.

Heat canola oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, jalapenos, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir together well. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the onions and jalapenos have softened, about 8-12 minutes.

While the onions and jalapenos are cooking: mix together the chili powder, cumin, and sugar in a small bowl. Once they have softened, stir in the garlic and the spice mixture (chili powder, cumin, and sugar) and cook until fragrant (be sure to stir constantly), only 30-45 seconds.

Next, Add the cans of tomato sauce, the water, the Louisiana Hot Sauce and the drained Rotel. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and allow to cook for about 5 minutes. Nestle the chicken breasts into the sauce, trying to cover them as much as possible. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the chicken is completely cooked (thickest part of chicken breast must reach 160° F), about 12-25 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a plate, and allow to cool to touch. Strain the sauce through a strainer into a medium sized bowl. Press on the onion mixture with a spatula to remove as much liquid as possible. Place the onion mixture into a large bowl and set aside.

Taste the sauce and then season it with additional salt and pepper to taste (and a dash or 2 of cayenne if you like an extra little kick).

Shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces and place in the bowl with the onion mixture. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce, 1 1/2 cups cheese (3/4 cup of each kind), and the cilantro. Gently toss until combined well.

Stack the tortillas on a plate and cover with a paper towel. Microwave on high until warm, 40-60 seconds. One at a time, spoon about 1/4-1/3 cup of the chicken mixture evenly down the center of each tortilla. Tightly roll tortilla and lay seam-side down into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish.

Lightly spray the tops of the enchiladas with cooking spray. Place enchiladas in the oven, uncovered, for about 7-12 minutes, or until the tortillas are nice and golden brown.

Reduce heat to 400. Remove enchiladas and pour sauce evenly on top (down the center) and then top with the remaining cheese. Place back into oven and bake an additional 20 minutes, or until heated through. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Top with Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Pickled Jalapenos, Black Olives, and Cilantro

Recipe adapted from Americas Test Kitchen (via  mylifeasamrs.com)  - Recipe changed and modified by Leslie Scales.

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