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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

It's no secret that The Maestro does most of the dinner cooking around here. But I have a few signature meals I make, too, and these enchiladas are one of them. In fact, I'm pretty sure that they are the highest requested birthday meal in our household. Sophia, who had the most recent birthday, requested them for her birthday dinner and so I thought I'd share the recipe with you today.

(I was forward thinking and took photos, but people were impatiently waiting to eat it and so I have exactly zero photos of what it looks like dished up on a plate.)

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas. A simple recipe with only six ingredients that your family will love! Easy gluten-free adaptation, too.

Because we are a gluten-free household, and especially because Sophia is the one with Celiac, I adapted the recipe to be gluten-free. When I made these in October for Bria's birthday, I found out the hard way that most enchilada sauces conatain wheat. I have included the gluten-free adaptions here, but it is easy enough to make it normally (easier, probably).

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:

5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
12-15 flour tortillas (I use Food for Life brand GF Brown Rice Tortillas to substitute)
1 block cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 white onion, diced
1 large can green chile enchilada sauce (La Victoria brand is gluten-free)
1 16 oz block monterey jack cheese, grated

Directions:

Cook the chicken breasts in a crock pot on low for about 4 hours. Let cool a while, then shred thoroughly.

Shred your chicken in the KitchenAid!

I actually use my Kitchen Aid mixer to shred my chicken. Shredding the chicken was always the absolute worst part of making this meal until I learned this trick. It has changed my life! Throw your cooked chicken breasts into the mixing bowl and using the paddle attachment, "mix" the chicken on a lower speed for about 30 seconds. That's all it takes!

Time saving kitcehn tip--Shred your chicken in the KitchenAid.

And, voila! You have shredded chicken. In 30 seconds. What once used to take me up to 20 minutes to shred properly now only takes 30 seconds. I'm still absolutely delighted by this fact.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Add cream cheese, sour cream, and diced onion to shredded chicken and mix well. I just continue doing it in the Kitchen Aid since the chicken is already in there. If you want your enchiladas to be spicier, you could add some actual green chiles to the mix, too. I have done this before, but my children prefer it without. The chiles also add a bit of color to all the whiteness.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Fill tortillas with a couple spoonfuls of the chicken mixture, roll up and place in 9x13 casserole dish. I like to fill mine up pretty full, but you'll have to gauge how much of the chicken mixture you have to how many tortillas you can fit in your casserole dish.  Sometimes some of the rolls are definitely more full than others.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Pour enchilada sauce over tortillas, covering thoroughly.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Top with grated monterey jack cheese. Bake at 350 for approximately 45 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

Gluten-free Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

I usually serve these enchiladas with a green salad and some sort of corn dish on the side. They are incredibly filling though, so you don't need much to go with them.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!

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6 comments :

  1. These look so delicious! We are all about Mexican food at our house. Pinned!

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  2. I need to send you guys a thing of the Frontera green salsa. It's also GF. Have you ever tried these with corn tortillas? Or do they even have that where you are?

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  3. Corn tortillas turn out too dry so that's why I use the brown rice.

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  4. Ali Anderson WilliamsFri Aug 29, 07:49:00 PM

    Pinning and making soon! These are my favorite!

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  5. Yum! Those sound so easy and delicious!

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  6. Sherrie CarpenterSat Aug 30, 06:49:00 PM

    Oh yum! Thanks for the recipe and the tip on shredding chicken in the kitchen aide mixer. What an awesome time saver!

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