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Chicken Cheese Enchilada Recipe

This chicken cheese enchilada recipe serves eight people if you serve the enchiladas with a good sized helping of refried beans and Spanish rice, or four people if you serve them with a small side salad or just as they are. If you are a fan of enchiladas, you will like the following recipe because it is so easy to follow and because of the amazing flavor.

The chicken is spiced before you fry it, to infuse it with tasty Mexican flavor, then it is shredded and combined with garlic, corn, tomatoes and onion to make the filling for this chicken cheese enchilada recipe. The enchiladas are topped with enchilada sauce and cheese and then baked until they are hot and fragrant and the cheese is bubbling on the top. You can use cheddar cheese or a Mexican blend for these, whichever you prefer.

This authentic Mexican enchilada recipe is simple to make and your family will definitely love the results. Chicken and cheese is a classic flavor combination and the other Mexican ingredients in this enchilada recipe help to spice it up and give it a mouthwatering flavor.

Whenever you are in the mood for comfort food, something creamy usually ticks the box whether you are looking at savory or sweet dishes. If you want enchiladas though, consider this recipe which blends a creamy flavor with a touch of spice. The chicken, tomatoes, chilies and other ingredients combine beautifully to make this enchilada filling, and the finished dish will offer freshness, nutrients and, above all, a fabulous flavor.

Bake them in the oven, keeping an eye on them, until the cheese topping is melted and beginning to turn golden brown at the edges. Refried beans and Spanish rice (also known as Mexican rice) are our suggested side dish pairings, but you might prefer a green salad or something lighter to go with your chicken cheese enchiladas.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Corn and Tomatoes
Summary: Chicken and cheese combine in this easy enchilada recipe, as well as chilies, garlic and more. This is a wonderful recipe if you want fresh-tasting enchiladas to delight the family.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
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  • 1 ½ lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican spice blend
  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 4 canned chipotle chilies, minced and de-seeded
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon all purpose flour
  • 5 canned green chilies, chopped and de-seeded
  • 1 cup thawed corn
  • 28 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups enchilada sauce
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro and chopped scallions, for garnish (optional)
  1. Coat a skillet with oil and season the chicken with salt and black pepper.
  2. Brown the chicken on 7 minutes per side over a moderate heat or until it is no longer pink inside.
  3. Sprinkle the garlic powder, Mexican spices, and cumin over the chicken before turning it over.
  4. Let it cool. Sauté the garlic and onion in the chicken drippings until soft, then add the chilies and corn, stirring well to combine.
  5. Add the stewed tomatoes and cook for a minute.
  6. Shred the chicken with your fingers, and then add it to the pan with the vegetables.
  7. Dust the mixture in the pan with some flour and stir briefly.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Microwave the tortillas for half a minute on high, to make them more pliable.
  10. Coat the bottoms of a pair of 9 x 13 inch pans with a ladleful of the enchilada sauce, and then dip each tortilla into this sauce on both sides, to coat them lightly.
  11. Spoon ¼ cup of the chicken mixture into each tortilla, and then fold the tortillas over the filling.
  12. Put 8 rolled up, filled tortillas in each pan, seam side down.
  13. Top with the rest of the enchilada sauce and the shredded cheddar cheese.
  14. Bake the enchiladas for 15 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  15. Garnish them with chopped tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro and chopped scallions if you like, before serving.
  16. Serve these chicken cheese enchiladas with refried beans and Spanish rice.

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A chicken cheese enchilada recipes makes a wonderful dinner if you fancy something a bit different from what you normally have. Homemade enchiladas are wonderful and you can adapt the chicken cheese enchilada recipe if you want to, adding some spice or a different vegetable, and using whichever cheese mixture you like for the topping. Enchiladas are a nice recipe to begin with if you are new to making Mexican food recipes because they are simple to prepare, yet they are impressive to look at and really flavorful.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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