Friday, May 14, 2010

Daring Cooks' May Challenge: Enchiladas!

Our hosts this month, Barbara of Barbara Bakes and Bunnee of Anna+Food have chosen a delicious Stacked Green Chile & Grilled Chicken Enchilada recipe in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! The recipe, featuring a homemade enchilada sauce was found on and written by Robb Walsh.


I'm glad to get back into the swing of things with Daring Cooks.  I was kind of bummed that I missed out on last month's challenge because of all the craziness that has been going on in my life.  Anyways, I really enjoyed this challenge, and appreciated all the room for creativity.  

The mandatory part of this challenge was to make a homemade Mexican-style sauce for enchiladas.  I know my mom has a few great enchilada recipes, so I asked her to send them to me.  I based my enchiladas on one of her recipes, which focused on a tomato and spice based sauce.

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas

For chicken:
2 large chicken breast halves
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
1 clove minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1/2 an onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1/2 a serrano pepper, minced
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste

For sauce:
2 tablespoons oil
3 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup tomato sauce

To assemble:
10-12 6-inch corn tortillas
3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
sour cream and cilantro for garnish


For chicken:
Arrange chicken in heavy medium saucepan.  Add stock, water, garlic, and bay leaf.  Bring to boil.


Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until chicken is cooked through.  Transfer to bowl using slotted spoon and cool.  Discard bay leaf.  Reserve liquid.

In the meantime, heat oil in a small pan and saute onions and peppers until slightly softened and aromatic.

Peel skin off chicken and remove meat from bones.  Tear meat into bite size strips.  Place in a large bowl.  Mix in green onions, cilantro, pepper and onion mixture, and oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For sauce:
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add 3 minced garlic cloves and saute 30 seconds.  Add chili powder and saute 1 minute.  Add flour, cumin, and cinnamon and stir 1 minute (mixture will be dry). This seemed like a lot of spice to me, but it ended up tasting great.  Don't use less! 


Whisk in 1 cup reserved poaching liquid.

Add remaining poaching liquid and tomato sauce.

Cook until thick and smooth, whisking frequently, about 5 minutes.  Adjust seasonings.  I added a dash of Sriracha chili sauce.  I think a splash of strong coffee would have done the sauce justice, but I didn't have any brewed so I skipped it.  Next time, though.

Cool slightly before assembling. 

To assemble:
Lightly oil a 13x9x2" baking dish.  Heat heavy medium skillet over high heat until hot.  Add 1 tortilla and cook until heated through, turning frequently.  Using tongs, dip into sauce, coating both sides.

Spoon about 3 tablespoons of chicken filling into the tortilla and roll.  Repeat.  (Can be prepared one day ahead- cover with foil).

Spoon any remaining sauce over.  Sprinkle with cheese.  
Cover with foil.  Position rack in top third of oven and preheat to 425.  Bake enchiladas 10 minutes.  Uncover and bake until hot and bubbling, about 10 more minutes.
And that's it!  These were delicious and easy, despite the seemingly long amount of steps.  They would be great to make ahead and throw in the oven after a long day at work.  
I served mine with some spicy red rice, sliced avocado, and sour cream, and cilantro.  These would be great with a margarita, but I thought a couple Modelos with a bit of salt and lime were perfect.


Barbara Bakes said...

Love you pepper plate. Looks like a great meal. Thanks for cooking with us.

Linda said...

Modelo? Pass me the pitcher of Margaritas!

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I too was so pleased to get back into the Daring Kitchen this month! It's so satisfying isn't it?

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Bringing Pretty Back said...

My hubby wold love this dish! I am going to give it whirl!