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Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Updated 05-30-11

This recipe for Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas is slightly adapted from a recipe that comes from the folks at Sargento. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Sargento…. They make wonderful cheeses. A family owned company, they pride themselves on being “persnickety” and making the exceptional cheeses. I always buy their cheeses. Recently I discovered recipes on their website… and this is one of them.

The original recipe calls for packaged Taco Seasoning… but I recommend you make your own… I have a link to my Taco Seasoning recipe… homemade Taco Seasoning is better… it doesn’t contain MSG..and you can control the amount of salt and heat … it takes minutes to make.

The original recipe also calls for jarred salsa…. I think fresh salsa is much better… you can find a good fresh salsa in the produce section of the grocery store or make your own.

Make your own Enchilada Sauce... it's really very quick and easy... and you know there are no preservatives or ingredients you can't pronounce in it.. here is a great recipe for Enchilada Sauce.

If you love Mexican food and love great cheese… you need to try this recipe. …and be sure to use Sargento's Fancy Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican Cheese.


Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

All you need:

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into ½ inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Taco Seasoning (see my previous recipe for Taco Seasoning)
2 cups fresh salsa
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (8 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
2 cups Sargento Fancy Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican Cheese, divided
1 can (15 oz.) mild enchilada sauce or Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
2 tablespoons sliced black olives
2 tablespoons sliced green onions

All you need to do:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat.

Add the chicken.

Brown the chicken slightly.

Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the chicken. Stir to coat evenly.

Add 2/3 of a cup of water. Stir to completely mix.

Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until chicken is cooked through.

Remove from heat.

Cool 10 minutes.

Stir in salsa, beans and corn and 1 cup cheese.

Spread ¼ cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Soften tortillas by placing them between a damp paper towel and microwave on high 30 seconds.

Place 2/3 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla and roll up.

Place in the baking dish, seam side down.

Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas.

Sprinkle with the remaining cheese, olives and green onions.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and filling is hot.


the twins July 26, 2009 at 12:18 AM  

ooh, i love enchiladas and yours look great! my mom makes turkey ones every christmas, its a family tradition =)

girlichef July 26, 2009 at 12:32 AM  

deeeeelicious! I could go for a big pan of these...making my tummy growl at midnight-thirty!!

Donna-FFW July 26, 2009 at 6:25 AM  

Oh so lovely! I bet using your own seasoning makes this dish so much more delicious.. and special! Id love this with a margarita!

Judy July 26, 2009 at 10:53 AM  

I do love Mexican, and this looks really good.

Linda July 26, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

Hmmmm... a Margarita.... great idea! I love Margaritas


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