If there is one thing that my husband and I know, it’s mexican food. I mean, it’s literally in my husband’s blood. His hands effortlessly create the perfect tortilla and we can both down guacamole like nobody’s business. We eat mexican food more times a week than we’d like to admit (two) but we’re always on the lookout for a new recipe to get us out of a mexican food rut.
We spotted this chicken enchiladas verdes recipe in Real Simple this month (where else?) and decided to give it a try. I realized about halfway through eating it that I probably should have taken a before shot and blogged about this one because it was quite delish. These pictures are downright gross looking (can we say half eaten food?), but I promise, this recipe is a winner!
- 2 bone-in chicken breasts (1 ½ to 2 pounds total)
- 1 16-ounce jar mild salsa verde
- 2 cups fresh cilantro sprigs, plus more for serving
- 1 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
- 1 ½ cups frozen corn, thawed
- 8 ounces Muenster or Monterey Jack cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 8 6-inch flour tortillas
- Heat oven to 400° F. Place the chicken in a medium pot, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes; remove from pot and let cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken, discarding the skin and bones; place the meat in a large bowl.
- Meanwhile, in a blender, puree the salsa, cilantro, and ½ cup of the sour cream until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and simmer until slightly thickened, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the remaining ½ cup sour cream.
- To the chicken, add the corn, ½ cup of the sauce, 1 cup of the cheese, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and toss to combine.
- Spread 1 cup of the remaining sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Roll the chicken mixture in the tortillas (about ½ cup per tortilla) and place seam-side down in the dish. Top with the remaining sauce and cheese. Bake until bubbling and beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with cilantro, sour cream, and rice, if desired.
The bone in chicken really made a difference – the meat was so juicy! I’m considering adding some spinach next time to up the veggie factor a bit. Oh,and the amount of sauce seemed absurd at first, but we ended up using every last bit. Enjoy!