Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken EnchiladasA few weeks ago, Adam and I experimented with Salsa Verde, which is a green somewhat spicy salsa.  Our experiments came to a final success with our Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Salsa Verde), something that Adam and I are still talking about and are extremely proud of 🙂  Anyway, that same weekend, we got really experimental and tried to make our own flour tortillas.  It was adorable, I measured the ingredients, Adam mixed and we shared in the kneading (since we both have fun with that part).  Then, following the recipe we found online, we allowed the dough to rest for about 20 minutes, then cut the dough into 8 pieces and allowed those to rest another 20 minutes.  After 40 minutes of anticipation, we both rushed into the kitchen and pulled out our brand spanking new tortilla press, which I purchased from Amazon two days prior and opted for expedited shipping for this very moment.  I was in charge of the stove and Adam manned the tortilla press, we were ready for our very own homemade tortillas, there was true excitement in our kitchen that day … and then it ended, the tortillas tasted great, like awesomely great, but there was a slight problem … as soon as they hit the pan, they shrunk and our perfectly 6 inch pressed tortillas very quickly became 4 inch (sometimes 3 inch) tortillas that were about 1/4 inch thick … not exactly what we had in mind.

You must understand that it was more than just our tortillas not turning out as we had wished.  That week I had this grand plan, it was perfect … I wanted to complete a few recipes, but try to make them all connect so that I did not spend too much.  So, it all started with the [p2p type=”id” value=”901″] and the [p2p type=”id” value=”895″].  The plan was to use the Simply Roasted Chicken in two recipes one being [p2p type=”id” value=”1161″] and the other Chicken Enchiladas, which would perfectly integrate the Roasted Tomatillo Salsa and flour tortillas, that were going to be so perfectly made by Adam and I.  It was a great plan.  Everything went off without a hitch, except for these stupid (but tasty) tortillas.  All I could think about was the photo, how will this ever work?  How can we possibly have a reasonably presentable photograph of enchiladas when we only have 4 inch tortillas that look more like flat bread than flour tortillas?   After a lot of grumbling, huffing and puffing, I finally realized how ridiculous this situation was … they are only tortillas (or flat bread) and we can make a perfectly great tasting chicken enchilada for dinner and if the photo does not work out, then at least we tried and we can always try again.  So, that is what we did … except the strangest thing happened, they actually worked out great and the photo is not too bad either.  Yes, they would be better if the tortillas were thinner, but to be fair it was our very first time making them and everything tasted great, so great that we had them for dinner and breakfast the next morning (no kidding).  So, all-in-all  it was a success and hey, we got to use our fancy new tortilla press.

Chicken Enchiladas
 
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Yield: 2
You Will Need
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 
8 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde, divided
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese, divided
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To make the filling, in a bowl, mix the chicken, 1/4 cup of the salsa verde, sour cream and 1/4 cup of queso fresco cheese.
  3. Fill each tortilla with some filling and roll the tortilla, then place in a baking dish seam side down.
  4. Cover the enchiladas with the remaining 1/4 cup of salsa verde and some of the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes then remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

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4 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jeweline January 21, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Let me just say, I absolutely love you two. It is too adorable how you guys tackle cooking together and by the way your Chicken Enchilada’s look great. I am going to tackle this recipe this weekend and I cannot wait. So far, I’ve tried your Chicken Parm, Bake Ziti w/ Spinach and your Reese Cups Cookie Bars. Every single recipe is mouthwatering good. I appreciate that you guys give us and our families such wonderful meals. When you write a cook book let me know, I’ll be in line to purchase it. This story reminds me of my recent moment of feeling defeated, my husband is Nigerian so he likes eclectic meals. I made a soup called Egusi. In the middle of it I just knew I messed up. My mom was in town and she laughed so hard at my pouty mood that tears fell from her eyes. I wanted to poke her with a fork or smack her with a pot (not really). I didn’t actually cry but I was so close to tears because being that I am American, I have no clue how to make Egusi. I hadn’t heard of Egusi until after we were married but yet, I tried hard. I study multiple recipes, I watch youtube videos but to no avail because I just knew I failed. Surprisingly, once it was done he loved it. He claimed it was as good as his moms. He even asked me if I had a Nigerian woman hiding in the pantry. Unfortunately, everyone isn’t so cool to post the in-process pictures. I love this sight, and I can’t wait to dive into more recipes. A million thanks.

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    • Joanne January 21, 2014, 9:13 pm

      Hi Jeweline! Thanks so much for your comment 🙂 Hope you love the enchiladas!

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  • Mari September 22, 2010, 10:14 pm

    You’re right, the picture looks fabulous! :o) I think the tortilla press you bought is to be used for corn tortillas. In order to make a perfect or decent flour tortilla, you need to flour a butchers block and use a rolling ping to flatten and stretch-out the tortillas. They’ll be thinner than 1/4″ and will be bigger than 4″ or 3″ tortillas :o)

    Give it another try!

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    • inspiredtaste September 23, 2010, 8:59 am

      Really good tip Mari. I think we are going to have to try that method this weekend.

      Reply

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