Chicken Enchiladas

Last week I tried to make something quick and easy but I got in way over my head. This week I made sure to choose something simple (and delicious, of course). This recipe uses more canned goods than I would usually use but everyone is allowed to take a short cut now and then, right? I sure think so.

Anyway, these enchiladas are warm, gooey, spicy and filled with grilled chicken and a creamy, cheesy sauce. I topped the casserole with some diced tomato and sliced green onions but they are completely optional. Originally, I threw them on there to add some color but they ended up offering a nice freshness to balance out the creamy filling.

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

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Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy chicken enchiladas smothered in green enchilada sauce.

Total Cost $9.67 recipe / $0.97 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breast $2.49
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp cumin $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp pepper $0.05
  • 8 oz. sour cream $0.78
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella $2.00
  • 1 8 oz. can green chiles $1.08
  • 10 small tortillas $0.88
  • 1 15 oz. can green enchilada sauce $0.97
  • 1 medium tomato, optional $1.09
  • 3 sliced green onions, optional $0.13

Instructions

  1. Preheat your countertop grill (George Foreman type). Season both sides of the chicken breast by sprinkling them lightly with garlic powder, cayenne, cumin, salt and pepper (about 1/2 tsp of each total). Grill the chicken breast until cooked through and golden brown (about 7 minutes each).
  2. Let the chicken breasts cool slightly so the juices redistribute inside the meat. While the meat is cooling, combine the sour cream, 1 cup of cheese and green chiles in a bowl. Dice the chicken meat and stir it into the sour cream mixture.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray the inside of a large casserole dish with non-stick spray. Place one spoonful (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup) down the center of a small tortilla and roll it closed. Place it in the casserole dish seam side down. Repeat until all of the filling is used up (about ten tortillas).
  4. Pour the enchilada sauce over the top and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. After baking for 30 minutes, sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese over top and set the oven to broil. Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with tomatoes and green onions if desired!

 

chicken enchiladas

Step By Step Photos

thaw chicken
I buy my chicken breasts in large 5 lb. packs (about 10 breasts) to get the best price. When I get home, I repackage the chicken into bags of two then freeze them. So, when I want to make a dish like this, I pull one out and thaw it under cool running water for about 30 minutes.

season chicken breasts
Season the thawed chicken breasts with garlic powder, cayenne, cumin, salt and pepper on both sides.

grill chicken
Grill the chicken for about 7 minutes each or until brown, crispy and cooked all the way through.

make filling
Let the chicken cool slightly after cooking then cut into small chunks. Combine the chicken, sour cream, green chiles and one cup of the cheese in a bowl.

fill tortillas
Take a tortilla in one hand and place about 1/4 cup of filling down the center. Roll the tortilla closed and place it in a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.(seam side down).

green enchilada sauce
Pour the enchilada sauce over top of the rolled enchiladas. I bought a large 28 oz. can but it was waaaay more than I needed. I poured the other half into a freezer bag, labeled it and froze it for later use (enchilada sauce is too tasty to waste).

ready to bake
Place the sauced up enchiladas in a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes.

baked enchiladas
After 30 minutes, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and broil for 5 minutes to melt the cheese. I actually think the casserole is prettier like this without the tomatoes and green onions but they tasted really good so I’m glad I added them! Maybe next time I’ll just add them to the filling!

NOTE: If you don’t like really creamy sauces, you can skip the sour cream and just mix up the grilled chicken, cheese and green chiles. It will still taste great!

If you’re looking to cut calories, you can skip the sour cream (or just use light, like I did) and/or use reduced fat mozzarella.

If stores in your area don’t carry enchilada sauce (as some unfortunate readers have mentioned), try it with some salsa verde… or red salsa!

This is a very flexible dish!

Chicken Enchilada Meal
Stay tuned this week for the rest of this meal!