Easy Chicken Enchiladas

I’m in the mood for Mexican tonight.  Well, I am in the mood for Mexican every night, but tonight I am doing something about the yen.

Easy and Delicious Chicken EnchiladasMexican food is so rich and delicious.  I love cooking it because I can adjust the spice exactly the way I want it, instead of letting a cook in my local Mexican restaurant decide how hot the dish should be (which, from experience is usually too hot and too salty).  I love spice, just not blow your taste buds out spice and I cannot abide food that is too salty!

A lot of the flavor (and spice) comes from the taco sauce on the top of the enchiladas, so be sure to use a taco sauce that has the heat you like.

Easy Chicken EnchiladasOne of the best parts of this recipe is that it combines chicken thighs which have a ton of flavor, so the dish has a great richness to it.  I use boneless, skinless thighs to keep down the fat content.

** Cooking Tip: **I used burrito shells.  No matter how hard I try, I can never get the filling inside a normal sized tortilla, so I take burrito shells and trim them to the width I want but leave the length. They roll beautifully and fit perfectly into my pan.  Then I use the left overs for making home made tortilla chips!

Add some refried beans and a side of rice and you will be wondering why you ever go out for Mexican food.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas This dish is so easy to do and is on the table in about 45 minutes or so.  I make mine in the morning, or the night before, and then just pop them in the oven at dinner time for about 20 minutes to make it easy in the evening.

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Yield: 8

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas
Treat your family to some zesty chicken enchiladas. This recipe will rival one from your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pint sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce, (I used the left over sauce from this recipe](https://thegardeningcook.com/italian-meatballs-spaghetti/)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 flour tortillas, 10 inch size
  • 12 ounce of taco sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • chopped spring onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium, non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook the chicken until no longer pink and the juices run clear. Drain the excess fat. Cut up the chicken and return it to the skillet.
  2. Add the onion, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, parsley, oregano and ground black pepper. Heat until the cheese melts and everything is well combined. Stir in the salt, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, red pepper flakes, green pepper and garlic.
  3. Roll even amounts of the mixture in the tortillas. Arrange in a 9x13 inch baking dish and Cover with the taco sauce and 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake uncovered in the preheated for oven 20 minutes until the cheesy is lightly browned and bubbly. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped spring onions. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 504 Total Fat 24g Saturated Fat 10g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 11g Cholesterol 144mg Sodium 1377mg Carbohydrates 42g Fiber 4g Sugar 7g Protein 33g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.
 

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