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Best Chicken Enchiladas Ever

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This recipe is my absolute favorite — lovingly passed on from a good friend who grew up in the Southwest around all sorts of Mexi cooking.

The key to it is undoubtedly the sauce — which takes a little more time to make from scratch — but it’s simple and OH-so-worth-it. :) Enjoy!!

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Oil, Divided (Veggie Or Canola)
  • 4 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cubes Chicken Bouillon (or 2 Tsp.)
  • 1 cup Onion, Diced
  • 1 can Chopped Green Chiles
  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken, Diced Or Shredded
  • 10 whole Tortillas, Flour (use As Many As You'd Like)
  • 1 can Mashed Lentils Or Black Beans, Drained (15.5 Oz.)
  • 3 cups Mexi Blend (or Other Favorite) Shredded Cheese

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking dish. (I used a 9 x 13 glass pan.)

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add in the first six ingredients and stir into melted butter for 1 minute. Then add water and bouillon. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until thick.

In small skillet on the side, heat 2 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and green chiles. Saute until onions are cooked and translucent. Turn off heat and add chicken to mixture. (Or if you are beginning with raw chicken, feel free to cook alongside the onions and chiles. Then dice or shred the meat afterwards.)

To assemble the enchiladas, set up an assembly line including: tortillas, sauce, beans, chicken mixture, and cheese. Lay out a tortilla, and spread a spoonful of sauce in a line down the center. Then add beans on top of the sauce, then some chicken mixture, and cheese. Roll up tortilla and place seam-side down in baking dish. Once all enchiladas are made, pour extra sauce over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then remove dish and sprinkle extra cheese on top, and bake for 5-10 minutes more until tortillas begin to brown slightly around the edges. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!!

(See “related blog post” link for more pics and info!)

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sugarbomb on 9.15.2009

Tried this recipe last week and it was Wonderful!! Very “man friendly!” Easy to make!

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katieinthekitchen on 8.9.2009

this recipe looks fantastic! love the picture too!

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yardsailor on 8.9.2009

Can’ t wait to try this.

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