One of our favorite things to make early in the week is enchiladas. They represent an excellent quantity to quality ratio, giving us lots of leftovers to bring to work for lunch, and they actually taste great a few days out! We often will make our quick and easy black bean enchiladas, but every once in a while we like to make these chicken enchiladas verdes.
|Did somebody say chicken? I'm sure you're aware, but that's my favorite.|
Read on to see how it's done!
Making the Dish
|Seriously, I really want some chicken!|
So the first thing you'll want to do is cook your chicken. If you're going to have shredded chicken, boil up a few pieces of chicken for about 45 minutes to an hour. We prefer using chicken thighs for this as they give you a lot more flavor and are cheaper, but you can definitely use chicken breasts too. Whatever you do though, make sure it is on the bone, and skin-on.
|As you may have guessed, I spent the last 20 minutes trying to eat the chicken, and distracted YiRan and Bryan from actually taking pictures. Now I am tired. And full. Life is good.|
After it's done cooking in the boiling water, take it out and let it rest for a few minutes. Once it cools down enough to touch, shear away the meat from the bone using a fork. After a few minutes of this, you'll have a nice pile of delicious, juicy, shredded chicken.
|Prepared vegetables for the sauce.|
While the chicken is cooking, you should get to work on preparing your sauce. The sauce is real simple, and utilizes a food processor which is great since you don't have to work too hard at chopping. The ingredients are few - two cloves of garlic, two romaine lettuce leaves, one bell pepper, and a cup of chicken stock. You can also throw a jalapeño in there if you want to give it a little more heat. Process this all in your food processor until it's blended into a nice base for your sauce. Season it with salt and pepper and then pulse it again, and then taste. You can adjust all the ingredients to your liking.
|Stirring and heating up the sauce in the skillet.|
On a skillet over medium heat add your olive oil and then throw in your sauce base. Stir it around and let it start to cook, and then add in 1 cup of salsa. You can experiment with the flavor if you want, but for the traditional recipe just use a regular tomato salsa, like Pace Picante sauce or Newman's Own original. Use a whisk to blend that into the base. You'll see the color start to turn somewhat brownish, but that's all right. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
|Adding the salsa to our sauce.|
Lastly is the secret ingredient: sour cream. Take a dollop (or two) of sour cream and add it to your sauce. Turn off the heat and whisk in the sour cream thoroughly. The green will start to return. Taste it. If you like what you've got, you're all set. If not, season with salt, pepper, cayenne, or cumin to adjust the flavors.
|Starting to whisk in the sour cream.|
The last part is assembly. Before you start, preheat your oven to 375. Add about 1 cup of your sauce into a bowl and mix in your chicken so that it's thoroughly coated.
|Combining together the shredded chicken with the sauce.|
Then take a serving of your chicken and fill up a tortilla with it, add in a little bit of cheddar-jack cheese, and roll it up. Place it in a baking dish seam side down. Repeat this until you've used up all your chicken or all your tortillas.
|Filling our tortilla with chicken and sauce.|
Then cover the top of the enchiladas with the remaining verdes sauce.
|Covering the top of the tortillas with the verdes sauce.|
|Enchiladas enter the oven for baking.|
One other thing.
We discovered the little trick of blending our sour cream with some fresh squeezed lime juice in order to make a little topping for the finished enchiladas. It's an excellent alternative to simply adding on more sour cream - it gives it a nice, light, citrus-y flavor. Try this out!
|Adding our lime to the sour cream to serve with the enchiladas makes it much more delicious.|
We really like the flavor of these enchiladas - fresh, creamy, chickeny, and a little spicy. In fact, we really prefer these to most enchiladas we've ever eaten at a restaurant - although we're always willing to investigate a recommendation (so if you have a good one for NYC, leave it in the comments!).
Serve these with a side of mexican rice, black beans, refried beans, or whatever you're in the mood for. Or just eat them on their own, they can be really filling! Let us know if you give them a try and how they work out for you!
Chicken Enchiladas Verdes
Written by: Herbie Likes Spaghetti
A tasty twist on a classic Mexican favorite
4 whole chicken thighs on the bone
8 fajita size flour tortillas
2 cups cheddar-jack cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 whole green bell pepper
2 leaves romaine lettuce
1 cup chicken stock
2 cloves garlic
1 cup salsa