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Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chili Chicken EnchiladasThe story behind how our family began making these green chili chicken enchiladas begins with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law who lived in New Mexico for a number of years. They developed a certain amount of admiration, I suppose, for the green chili – which New Mexico is famous for. I think they learned to make these green chili chicken enchiladas from a friend in New Mexico. Actually, I am not exactly sure where their recipe and technique came from, but am assuming a friend. Anyway, I learned to make this delightful dish from them and have added a few additions over the years. We lived with them in the Chicago-land area for a while a number of years back and this made it to our dinner table a number of times.

Disclaimer: this dish is by no means healthy AT ALL for you, but oh-so-good. I have tried to make it just a little bit healthier from the original way I learned how to make it. We used to briefly fry the corn tortillas in hot oil before layering them in the dish. I’ve since cut that out, and just layer the tortillas without all of the excess oil and it works out great. But still, I believe it is one meal that should only make it’s way to the dinner table once in a very great while! My mother-in-law put in a special request for this dish, and since we just roasted up a bunch of green chilies that we recently harvested from the garden, it was a timely dinner! Enjoy! -Shelley

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Bake time: approximately 45 minutes
*Makes 1 – 9 x 13 dish

1 pound chicken breast, cut into small cubes
1 c chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c chopped cilantro
1/3 c chopped roasted green chilies {I figured this is about the size of a small can of green chilies}
1 packet “Sazon” seasoning {orange packet}
black pepper – to taste
2 cans cream of chicken
1/2 c salsa
1/2 c – 3/4 c milk {or enough to thin out sauce a bit}
corn tortillas {a pack of 30 should be more than enough}
1 pound shredded cheddar cheese
olive oil – for sautéing chicken and greasing pan

corn – optional
black beans, rinsed and drained – optional
hot sauce – optional

Gather and prepare all ingredients. These are in the list of what you need. Let’s not forget the cilantro though! If you want to add corn and black beans, throw those in the mix as well!

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada ingredients

Cilantro

Black Beans and Corn

Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add oil and chicken, onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes.

skillet with oil

Chicken, onions and garlic in a skillet

Add black pepper and Sazon seasoning packet. Stir spices in and allow chicken to almost cook through.

Sazon Seasoning packet

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

When chicken is almost cooked add green chilies and mix to combine.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

When chicken is cooked through add cilantro…

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Add cans of cream of chicken and give a good stir… {I doubled this recipe and the only cans that were in the cupboard were: 1 cream of chicken, 2 cream of mushroom, and 1 cream of celery. Oh well…sometimes you have to roll with the punches!}

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Add salsa and mix…

Green Chili Chicke Enchiladas

Next, slowly add milk and stir until it thins the sauce mixture out a bit…

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Heat the mixture through and then give a little taste to test for seasoning. At this point I added a few dashes of hot sauce to heat it up a bit.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Next, it’s time to assemble. Line all of the ingredients up in an accessible manner…

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Grease the bottom of the 9 x 13 inch baking pan with a little bit of oil and sauce. Spread it around a bit. This will help keep the tortillas from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Next, place a layer of corn tortillas in a single layer in bottom of pan…

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Add a layer of sauce, a sprinkled layer of corn and black beans {if using}, and a light layer of cheese…

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Repeat the layers until all of the sauce is used up. Add a nice, thick layer of cheese on top…

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Allow to sit 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

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