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Jalapeno Cilantro Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Jalapeno Cilantro Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: meh
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Jalapeno Cilantro Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Last night was Taco Tuesday in our house. Which really means we are cooking something Mexican / Tex-Mex or something in a shell or tortilla. I have been trying to bump up the vegetable ratios in my dishes without tripping Jill’s food wires. As she admits her palate is that of a teenage boy. And when you make something with chicken it will be scrutinized heavily. So I was trying to figure what to make and thought I would go the enchilada route because you really can’t see what is in it as easily as you can a taco.

What was unique with these chicken enchiladas was the filling. It had a 4 to 1 ratio of veggies to chicken. Most enchiladas around here are basically chicken only or an occasional onion or pepper. I was going for the Chipotle or Freebirds style burrito in an enchilada form. For the sauce, I hid some avocado in there and covered it up with fresh cilantro, jalapeno, sour cream and buttermilk for some extra tang. You can put whatever you want in yours and you can adjust your sauce the way you want but here is what I did….

Ingredients
2 Free range air chilled chicken breasts
6-8 flour tortillas
Mexican Rice (packaged)
1 cup cooked black beans
2 ears of fire roasted corn
Chopped pickled jalapenos
1/4 cup green chili sauce
1/4 fresh shredded Monterrey Jack
Diced cilantro
1 beer
1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
Cumin
Garlic salt

Sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 jalapenos cored
Handful of cilantro
Kosher Salt to taste
1 tbs of butter
1 tbs of flour

Directions:
Prep sucks for me, but it really is what pays off when pulling any meal together. So get chopping. For the filling, you are going to make your rice (stove top / or microwave) and your beans (fresh or canned). Dice the cilantro for the filling. Roast your corn…I did mine over the fire of my burner until blackened and then sliced the kernels off.
The last part of the prep is your chicken. I poached mine in a beer and can of fire roasted tomatoes and let that simmer for about 30mins.

1. Okay, let’s get to cooking. Preheat your oven to 350.
2. Let’s make the sauce first by blending together the cored jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, and buttermilk. Taste and add salt as needed. It should be smooth and pale green in color.
3. In a sauce pan make a rue by melting butter and flour until light brown. Turn down the heat or turn it off and add the sauce and stir until it thickens up a bit. Set aside.
4. Let’s make the filling by cutting up your cooled chicken into small pieces. You should also have cooled beans, rice, and corn. I diced up the second half of my avocado, cut kernels, and pickled jalapenos. In a large bowl, I added the second cup of sour cream, a small can of diced green chili sauce and then stirred everything together. Taste it and season per your taste buds.
5. Take a 9 x 13 dish and put some of the sauce on the bottom. Thin layer. Take your tortillas and fill them up and then fold them over into an enchilada and lay them down in the sauced dish seem down. When done, spoon the sauce over the top of the enchiladas until mostly coated. Top with Mont Jack cheese and jalapenos and bake for about 20 mins. It’s all cooked at this point so you are baking to heat through and for a little color from the cheese browning.

Knock off Chuys Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sauce

Chuy's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Enchiladas

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chuy’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Enchiladas
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We take our TexMex or Texican food pretty seriously. When I first started going to the funky little joint, they had a Wednesday special they called “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” which is a pulled chicken burrito covered in a spicy queso sauce served with rice and beans. I used to make sure that when I traveled to Austin, TX I did so around Wednesday’s because I loved it so much.

Chuy’s has expanded and also put the popular dish permanently on their menu so you can always get it. It is spicy and some have commented on some of my recipes that they were too spicy. This is a recipe you will need to alter if you are heat sensitive.

Ingredients
10 corn or flour tortillas
1 1/4 lbs cooked chicken (poached in stock)
Chicken Stock

Boom Boom Sauce
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup beer
1/2 oz lime juice
3/4 lb roasted poblano’s
4-6 roasted tomatillos
1 1/2 ounces cilantro
4 bunches of green onion
3/4 oz serrano pepper
1 1/4 lbs American cheese

Directions
Prep: Cut and clean your tomatillos, poblano’s, onion, serano pepper.

1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and place your onion, peppers and tomatillos on a sheet pan and blister them.
2. You can either buy a roasted chicken or take your chicken and poach it in a pot on medium heat in chicken stock. Almost covering it completely. When done, shred chicken.
3. Add all your peppers (seeds removed), tomatillos and onions into a blender with the liquids. Give it a spin until smooth.
4. Now pour that mixture into a pot and heat it up on medium low heat until simmering slowly. Remove from heat and slowly add your cheese while continuing to stir to blend it. Don’t let it seize up on you. IMG_0974
5. I took my tortilla and stuffed it with chicken and then rolled it and hit it on the stove to mark it. Then I covered in the boom boom sauce. IMG_0976
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Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos

Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos
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Typically on Sundays, if I am not traveling, I plan out some meals for the week. Jill keeps it challenging because she is pretty simple which doesn’t help me blog new recipes…tacos, spaghetti/pasta, burgers, sandwiches or bbq. So this Sunday, she said ground beef tacos. Since we just had those recently, I stayed with beef but decided on barbacoa street tacos. There is a little joint in Cabo we went to that is open air serving up really simple tacos. Double corn tortillas with simple flavored meats with basic toppings of pico, cilantro or chopped onions. Cheese never makes an appearance.

I kept it really simple to let the meat be the start. Only garnished with cilantro, onions and avocado with a little Monterrey Jack to provide a barrier for my tortilla so it wouldn’t fall apart in case I had too much juice from the meat. Simple and delicious.

Ingredients:
Cut of chuck roast
1 Mexican beer
Beef Stock to almost cover
Fresh grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
Corn Tortillas
1 jalapeno
1 chopped onion
stems of a bunch of cilantro
4 tbs of Kosher Salt
3 tbs of Chili Powder
2 tbs of Garlic Powder
2 tbs of Onion Powder
2 tbs of Ground Cumin

Topped with Avocado, Onion Cilantro
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Directions:
1. In a crock pot add the onions, sliced jalapeno (seeds and all), cilantro stems at the bottom. Rub the meat with the seasoning and place on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer in and enough beef stock to almost top and cover the meat. Cook for 8 hours and until the meat is fall apart tender. IMG_0809

2. Prep: Dice your onions and cilantro. Grate your cheese. Pull your tortillas. And take your shredded meat and put it into a bowl and squeeze out the juice.

3. In a lightly oiled non stick pan on medium heat place your tortillas for about 30 seconds. Flip and add the cheese and cook this side for about 30 or 40 seconds. Remove. Add your meat and condiments. Enjoy.
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White Bean Chicken Chili with Polenta Croutons

White Bean Chicken Chili with Polenta Croutons

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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White Bean Chicken Chili with Polenta Croutons
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Tonight I made a white bean chicken chili and it was glorious. Salty with some mild heat from the green chilies and freshness from the cilantro. I was going to do a mexican lasagna but last minute decided to forgo the cheese and noodles for a soup and I am glad I did.

With my soups I like a cracker, piece of bread or crouton. I thought polenta would add a touch of sweetness to it. I bought one of those store bought logs instead of making it fresh and that was a visual mistake. I wanted to add some cheddar to it so tried to food process it and I couldn’t get them to bind so I added some sour cream. I formed them and put them on high heat and they turned to goo. So I ended up just making one big blob and put a crust on both sides. So while ugly the polenta was a perfect complement to this soup. Next time I will make it fresh and bake it off in the oven.

Ingredients:
2 rotisserie chicken breast diced
1 onion diced
2 cloves of garlic diced
2 cans of rinsed White Beans
2 4oz cans of diced green chilies
1 head of cilantro
2 cartons of Chicken Broth
1 tbs of cumin
1 tbs of chili powder
3 tsp of oregano

Store bought Polenta combined with cheddar and sour cream and fried as delicious but hideous blob.


Instructions:

1. Prep Dice your onion, cut your chicken, open your cans of beans and green chilies, dice your cilantro.

2. In a large pot on medium heat add some olive oil and drop in your diced onions and cook them until they are soft and translucent. Next add your chilies and minced garlic. Now add your spices and let them bloom for one minute.

3. Next add your chicken stock, chicken and beans. Simmer for 30 minutes and then add your chopped cilantro.
Serve in a bowl and top with your fried polenta croutons.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chicken Enchilada Casserole
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Tonight I was feeling a little mexican sour cream chicken enchiladas but wanted to change it up and decided to create a casserole thing. It turned out like a spicy Chicken Divan minus the broccoli. This one is a super fast and easy comfort dinner. You could pull down the spice by reducing the jalapenos but Jill and I like to sweat a little when we eat.

Ingredients:
Two Rotisserie Chicken Breasts
Corn tortillas
1 small can of green chilies
1 small can of diced jalapenos
Sharp Cheddar Cheese grated
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup of milk
1 tbs of flour
1 tbs of butter

Directions:
Prep: Shred chicken, grate your cheese, open your cans.
1. Take your favorite saucepan on medium low heat and melt your butter. Now stir in your flour and stir for about a minute or so. Add the milk and stir until it thickens just a bit. Add your cream of chicken soup, sour cream and your peppers and chilies.

2. Preheat oven to 375. Put a little sauce down on the bottom of a glass dish. I made a small one since it was just the two of us. Place your tortillas on the bottom. I tore up about 4. Add your shredded chicken on top and then pour the sauce until everything is covered. Move it around with a spoon to make sure everything is coated. Top with cheese and cook until it’s bubbly and melted. Given that everything is basically cooked I let it go 30 minutes uncovered.

Let it stand for 10 minutes or so. Serve and eat. Great for leftovers and even freeze worthy.
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Sombrero Salad with Grilled Chicken

Sombrero Salad with Grilled Chicken

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sombrero Salad with Grilled Chicken
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I was leafing through one of my Rachael Ray’s magazines and spotted an interesting salad that had roasted corn, grilled chicken and avocado. Before I go any further, I must say regardless of what you think of Rachael Ray she puts out really simple but delicious recipes. I don’t watch her shows or anything but I do have her cookbooks and take her magazine. She cranks out so many recipes it’s insane to comprehend. I rarely disappointed in anything I try from her. She, Ina and Rhee really have a knack for churning out great recipes that turn out well.

So I saw this salad in her magazine but didn’t really want a lettuce intensive salad. Interesting tidbit, some guy released a report about salads and how they aren’t that great for you. He states that they are mostly water and when compared to other vegetables the nutrient ratio is super low. Meaning if you eat a big salad without a lot of other stuff in it you are eating low nutrition water. When you look at how spinach and other greens cook down so much it kind of makes sense. Most fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water, heck proteins. But it’s interesting to consider water to nutritional value ratios.

I digress again. I took some chicken out in the morning and poured in some lime juice, cilantro stems, chili seasoning, oil and a little tequila and I let it marinate for a few hours. The acid from the lime tenderizes it. I picked up some poblanos, corn, avocados, shallots, cherry tomatoes, 1 can of organic pinto beans. That was the base of my salad. As for the dressing I simply took some sour cream and mixed in some adobo sauce and lime juice.

This ate kind of like a cold version of Chipotle bowl minus the rice. The roasted veggies and adobo sauce gave it a smokey element and the corn popped with sweetness and the beans and avocado added a creamy element. For crunch I did crumble 3-4 tortilla chips.

Ingredients:
2 Chicken Breasts (free range / air chilled)
1 avocado
3 ears of corn
2 Poblano Peppers
Handful of cherry tomatoes
1 can of organic pinto or black beans
1 bunch of cilantro
1 small purple onion
2 limes
Shot of tequila
Chili seasoning
1/4 sour cream
1 adobo pepper with 1 tbs of sauce
a few tortilla chips
Goat cheese or Feta or Cojita Cheese

Directions:
1. Marinate your chicken breasts for three hours up to overnight in the juice of one lime, shot of tequila, about 1 tbs of chili seasoning and the stems of your cilantro.

2. Fire up a grill pan or your grill on medium high heat and put your shucked corn and poblano’s on the pan (no oil). Put a char on them and pull them off when nicely blackened. Set aside the corn and put the peppers in a bowl with plastic wrap to steam. After both cooled. Remove the skin of the peppers, seed them and dice them up. Cut the kernels from the cobs.

3. Rinse the beans, dice the tomatoes and red onions. In a bowl combine these with the corn and peppers you blackened. IMG_0546

4. Mix your sour cream, juice of half a lime, and adobo peppers and sauce. Stir it into your veggies to coat them well.

5. Back to the chicken. On that same pan, turn down the heat to medium and cook your chicken until done. When done, let it cool and then cut against the grain at a 45 degree angle

6. Plate it by crushing some chips in the bottom of a bowl. Spoon the veggie mixture into a mound and place your chicken and avocado on top. Sprinkle some cilantro and goat cheese to finish. You could spoon in some salsa but really the salad is kind of a chunky salad.
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Grilled Chicken and Corn Quesadillas with Pesto Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Grilled Chicken and Corn Quesadillas with Pesto Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Grilled Chicken and Corn Quesadillas with Pesto Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
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Recently I saw a recipe for Chicken, corn and caramelized onion quesadillas. So I was thinking about it while at the grocery store when I saw their fresh corn. I didn’t want to spend the time caramelizing the onions so I went with fresh green onions. I decided to also make a pesto dipping sauce with avocado, sour cream, lime juice and pesto. Tangy, herbaceous and creamy.

The grilled chicken and corn gave the quesadilla a sweet and savory combo. I also used a mix of Monterrey Jack cheese because it melts so well but to bump up the tang I sprinkled in some goat cheese.

We loved how these turned out. Crunch outside with creamy chicken, corn, onion, cilantro swimming in melted cheeses. The dipping sauce was tangy with the lime juice but complimented the cilantro with the pesto. This would be great for a party or gathering and would also make a filling appetizer or a meal. It’s a great way to amplify your typical cheese and chicken quesadilla.

Ingredients

4 flour tortillas
2 chicken breasts
2 green onions
handful of cilantro
1.5 cup of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
2 tbs of goat cheese
Penzey’s Fajita Seasoning

Sauce
1/4 quarter cup of sour cream
Juice of 1 small lime
1 tbs of green pesto (store bought)
1 avocado
Dash of cayenne


Directions:

1. Make your sauce by combining everything in a bowl and mash the avocado until smooth. Mix, taste and adjust accordingly. Put in the fridge until ready to serve. IMG_0358

2. Fire up your grill and let it get to about 375 or 400 degrees. While your grill is heating up, take your chicken breasts and trim them. Then cover in plastic wrap and pound them until they are consistently the same thickness. This makes for even grilling. I dusted them with Kosher salt and Penzey’s Fajita seasoning. Now put your corn and chicken on the grill. Close it and walk away for about 6 minutes. Rotate corn and flip chicken when you get nice marks on it. When done bring in to rest.

3. While my chicken and corn were resting, I cut my green onions and cilantro and shredded the Monterrey Jack cheese. So now all I need to do is cut the corn and chicken and assemble.

4. Now for the assembly. Mont Jack and onions down and then the chicken.
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Add cilantro, corn and goat cheese.
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4. Heat a non stick pan large enough to cook your tortilla. Put a little butter down on medium heat and put your base down and top it with the second tortilla. Cook for about 4-5 minutes until the cheese melts and you get a nice crunch on your tortilla. Butter, flip and do the second side. Cut and serve with your sauce.
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