Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas (The best Chicken Enchiladas!)

These are Tony and my favorite chicken enchiladas. And the recipe sprang from desperation!! It was one of those "what are we going to cook for dinner tonight" nights and so we raided the pantry and this is what we came up with. That was probably 2 or so years ago and we have these at least once a month. They are so delicious and is made from pantry items...so pretty darn easy as well! We call them:

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1 box of rice a roni; long grain and wild rice
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (28 oz.) Green chili enchilada sauce (we use Las Palmas, found at Walmart; we love stokes green chili sauce but it's rather expensive, so just try different ones out to find what you like!)
8-10 flour tortillas (you can use corn as well...both are really good)
2 cups grated cheese; use cheddar, Colby jack, or Monterrey jack cheese
sour cream
lettuce, cut into bite size pieces
fresh tomatoes, diced

Prepare Rice a roni according to package directions. While that is cooking, cut your chicken into bite size pieces and cook in a large frying pan until done. Add the black beans, rice and about 1/3 of the can of green chili sauce (or enough to make it moist). Pour enough green chili sauce onto the bottom of a 9x13 pan to coat. Put mixture into tortillas, roll up and place in the baking pan. When pan is full, use the rest of the green chili sauce and pour over the enchiladas. Top with cheese. (Most of the time we have some left-over filling and so I'll just "sprinkle" it on top of the rolled enchiladas and then top with the cheese...just an option:))Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until sauce bubbles and the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes.

Let me know what you think! My next assignment for myself is to get Nancy (Spanish rice recipe...which incidentally is wonderful with this dish...& wonderful cook...who doesn't use recipes...and a great baker) to teach me how to make her green enchilada sauce...it is SO good!!! I'll make sure to post it when I get it!
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