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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.

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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Quick Chicken Verde Enchiladas

Quick Chicken Verde Enchiladas

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quick Chicken Verde Enchiladas
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Jill was gone all week attending a conference where she had long days and nights. She let me know she would be getting home all week and said she was ready to be home and wanted to eat at home. I didn’t have time to marinate or do anything that took much time, so I thought comfort=mexican. We also generally go out to a mexican restaurant most Friday nights to kick off our weekend.

Without a recipe in hand, I took off for the store and picked up a rotisserie chicken. Picked up some corn tortillas, verde sauce, cilantro, pico de gallo, sour cream and some cheeses. Whipped up some margaritas and had it all done in minutes.

Ingredients:
Rotisserie Chicken
Store bought Pico de Gallo
Cilantro
Small Sour cream
Cheddar cheese block
Monterrey Jack block
1 can Verde enchilada sauce
Corn tortillas

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350. In a large sauce pan or skillet add the pico de gallo and sweat out the onions for about 10minutes. Oil as needed.
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2. In a skillet on medium low heat pour in your enchilada sauce to heat just beyond warm.

3. In a large bowl add your sauteed pico. Shred your chicken and add to the bowl. Spoon in some sour cream until the consistency you like. I then added fresh shredded cheese but saved most for the top. I put about a quarter cup of the verde sauce and fresh Cilantro. Set aside. IMG_9891

4. Since it was two of us I used small pan. Take your corn tortillas and add two at a time to the sauce to soften them up. I use my hands for this because tongs always seem to murder my tortillas. When soft pull them out and spoon in the chicken mixture. Roll them up and place them seam side down in the glass dish. Pour the remaining verda sauce evenly across the top of the enchiladas. Top with cheese, cover with foil and cook until the cheese melts. (remember everything is cooked ) IMG_9896

5. When you are about 10minutes out from serving. Put your oven on broil, remove the foil and let that cheese brown up. Serve with cilantro, margarita, rice, beans or whatever else tickles your fancy.
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Authentic Cheese Enchildas

Authentic Cheese Enchiladas

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy but several steps
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Authentic Cheese Enchiladas
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If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. This saying is one that Jill takes to heart. I on the other hand don’t think everything is worth doing 100% because not all things are equal. It’s possible that “time” is more valuable than the task. Well that’s not the case when you are dealing with a classic like cheese enchiladas.

Sylvia Casares runs a place in Houston called Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen. In 2011 she did an article in Texas Monthly about cheese enchiladas. I basically follow her recipe. I think the combination of the Cheddar and creaminess of American cheese works best.

Ingredients:
Chile Gravy
1 white onion (chopped)
5 cloves of garlic
½ lb of lean ground beef
2/3 cups vegetable oil or lard
2/3 cups flour
2 cups beef broth
2 cups water
3 tbs chili powder
1 tbs Kosher salt
3 tsp Cumin
2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp Black pepper

12 corn tortillas
7 Guajillo chiles (stems and seeds removed)
2 Arbol or Ancho chilies , stems removed
½ cup water
½ vegetable oil

5 cups of shredded cheddar
2 cups of shredded yellow American
Chopped white onions (optional)
Cilantro and green onion topping (optional)

Directions:
1. Chili gravy is a three step process. Take your onion and garlic and rough chop them and put them in a blender until smooth. In a small pot add your beef and this onion/garlic slurry and cook for 30mins on medium heat. It’s not pretty but part of the process.

2. About 25mins into your meat mixture, get your beef stock and water in a bowl and microwave for 3mins. Get all your seasonings together in a small bowl.   Now start your roux by combing your flour and oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Stir until golden brown and smooth (see pic).IMG_8462

3. Now add your beef stock water, seasonings and beef mixture and stir on medium low heat. IMG_8467

4.While cooking your gravy, take another small pot and bring ½ cup of water to a boil and add your dried chilies bring it down to a simmer and cover.   Cook for about 10-15mins and add water as necessary. Turn off and cool slightly before adding to a blender and mixing it smooth.   Strain it into a pie dish (see pic).IMG_8464

5. Shred your cheeses and prepare for assembly by dipping your tortillas in the chili sauce and stacking them in another pie plate. Once done you will heat them in oil so that they are pliable. Get about ½ up of oil on medium high heat and take your chili soaked tortillas and one by one put them into the oil for about 5 seconds and stack back into the pie plate.IMG_8466

6. Take a 9×12 baking dish and take you tortillas and fill with the cheese mixture. Roll them up, seem side down and put them in the dish. Cover with chili and top with extra cheese.

7, Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 15mins until the cheese is melted.   Serve as is or top with onions, green onions and/or cilantro or sour cream.IMG_8470

Pablano Mexican Chicken Lasagna

Pablano Mexican Chicken Lasagna

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium... it's easy but involved
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I was watching “The Best Thing I Ever Made” on the Food Network. Marcela Valladolid raved about her Pablano Lasagna. I whipped one up and it didn’t disappoint.
However, I thought I could make a few tweaks by bumping up the corn, pablanos and adding chicken.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/marcela-valladolid/corn-and-poblano-lasagna-2-recipe.html

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Ingredients:
3-4 chicken breasts
8 pablano peppers
4 garlic cloves
1/2 lemon
1 onion (yellow or white)
3 zucchinis (med to large)
3 jalapeno peppers
6 ears of fresh corn (use 3 – 4 cups and save the rest for another recipe)
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 can Rotel 10 oz
1/2 cup chicken Broth
1 pkg “No Boil” lasagna noodles
2 tbs unsalted butter
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups fresh mozzarella (or Marcel used Oaxaca cheese)

Spices:
1tbs Cumin,
2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder,
3 pinches of Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
Pinch of Cayenne (optional)

Directions:
1. 24hrs before cooking, marinate your trimmed chicken in your chicken stock, Rotel, squeezed half lemon, cumin, ancho chili powder and cayenne.
2. Day of cooking. Char your pablanos, jalapenos and corn on the grill, stove or in oven (broil). You want the peppers burnt/black/blistered. I also like my corn to have a nice tan too.
3. Save your marinade. Go ahead and throw your chicken on the grill (medium/hot 400 range) and get some nice marks on the them. You will saute them later so don’t cook them fully on the grill.
4. Remove peppers and put them in glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let them steam for easy skin removal. I like to keep a little on for taste.
5. Once your corn and peppers are cooled to handle. Take a knife and carefully cut of the corn kernels and put them into a bowl. Also remove the clean skin of the peppers until you have mostly the green flesh. Then filet them open and cut into strips removing all seeds and membranes.
6. Go get your chicken off the grill and set it aside. Again, we just used the grill for marks not for fully cooking the chicken.
7.  Pour yourself a glass of tequila, squeeze a lime and hit it with some agave or simple syrup (which you should always have at the ready). Relax a little.
8. Two pots on the stove. First pot add 2 tsp of butter and your minced garlic on medium heat.  Simmer for a minute and then add corn ( i used about 3.5 cups of corn) and diced jalapenos.  Stir a little and then add the heavy cream, thyme and pinch of cayenne. Reduce heat and let the flavors meld.
9. Second pot: (this is where I could get a lecture but I am alive because heat kills bacteria).  Then slice your onions and chicken very thinly and put them into the pan/ pot and let it simmer with 1bs butter.  Add some marinade or a little chicken stock to keep it moist.
10. Take your corn mixture and put it into the blender (be careful it’s hot and will blow your lid off so let it vent or cool) Blend until smooth.

Now all we do is build the lasagna. Preheat oven to 350. Pour out liquid from our chicken and onions, slice zucchini into thin strips. Take a 9x 13 glass baking dish and ladle corn mixture on the bottom, then three pasta sheets to cover the bottom, then add your chicken and onions (without the marinade – we just used it to keep it moist and cook in some flavor), and now your sliced zucchini and pablanos. Repeat 2x lasagna, corn, chicken, pablanos and cheese, cover in foil.
Bake it for 45/50 mins. Turn on your broiler, remove foil and let it go for 10 mins or until cheese is brown and bubbly.

As Marcela might say…”dat ta da…”

Pablano chicken lasanga