I don’t know what it is about January that makes me disappear from the internet. It happened last year and I blamed pregnancy & preparing for the husband to leave for a few months but it’s happening again. Maybe it’s because we’re preparing for him to leave again soon. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been spending too much time painting mine and the dog’s nails. Who knows. Bear with me, posting will return to normal soon.
It’s no secret that I’m digging Mexican food these days so when I saw these enchiladas pop up on a few “year end favorites” blogs I knew I needed to make them soon. They taste just like the enchiladas you find at a Mexican restaurant. I love the weird enchiladasÂ but sometimes you just need a regular ol’ enchilada that you would find at your favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican place. And these are those enchiladas.
Chicken Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce
adapted from Tide and Thyme
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion (diced)
- 1 jalapeno (seeded and finely diced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 can (15 ounces tomato sauce)
- 1 cup water
- 1 pound boneless (skinless chicken breasts)
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese (shredded)
- ½ cup minced fresh cilantro (plus more for garnish)
- 12 6-inch soft corn tortillas
- salt and pepper to taste
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400F.
- Heat olive oil over medium low heat. Saute onion and jalapeno in oil until the onion is translucent. Stir in garlic, chili power, cumin, and sugar and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato sauce and water, bring to a simmer, and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Nestle the chicken into the sauce. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the thickest part registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate; set aside to cool. Strain the sauce through a medium-mesh strainer into a medium bowl, pressing on the onions to extract as much liquid as possible. Place onion mixture in a large bowl and set aside. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
- Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred into bite-sized pieces. Add to the bowl along with the onion mixture. Add in Â¼ cup of your tomato sauce sauce, 1 cup cheddar cheese, and the cilantro. Toss to combine.
- Stack the tortillas on a microwave-safe plate, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high until warm and pliable, 40 to 60 seconds. Spread the warm tortillas out over a clean work surface. Place ⅓ cup of the chicken mixture evenly down the center of each tortilla. Tightly roll each tortilla around the filling and lay them seam-side down in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup cheddar down the center of the enchiladas. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake until the enchiladas are heated through, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Remove the foil and continue to bake until the cheese browns, about 5 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.