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January 20, 2015
Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
by Melanie Gunnell

I’ve been playing around with the perfect “white” enchilada recipe. I’ve used these fantastic Honey Lime Enchiladas as my go-to recipe for a while but I’ve also wanted a creamy, white enchilada that really rocks. Thanks to inspiration from my lifelong friend Liz P. and my mom’s famous recipe, I think I’ve finally stumbled upon the version that we love best.

Deliciously cheesy and creamy, a homemade white sauce is paired with a chicken filling that is ingeniously mixed with cream cheese and green chiles before being rolled into flour tortillas. Baked to golden perfection, these enchiladas are filling and ever so tasty. The fresh cilantro on top is optional but adds a fantastic fresh pop of flavor to the entire dish.

Probably not considered the healthiest meal in the world, the taste will certainly make you feel less guilty for indulging.


Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 3 cups cooked, chopped chicken

  • 2 (4 oz.) cans of green chiles, lightly drained

  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, cubed

  • 1 can white or black beans, rinsed and drained (you can really use any type of bean you prefer here)

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 medium onion)

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1/3 cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 can (7 ounce) green chile enchilada sauce

  • ½ cup sour cream

Assembly:

  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) Monterey jack cheese, shredded

  • 8 medium (soft taco size) flour tortillas

  • Handful of chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and green chiles. Mix well. Add the chicken and black beans. Mix to combine. Set aside.

  3. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and starts to turn translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir well. Cook for 1 minute, stirring. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk. As you whisk and the mixture cooks, the flour will get less lumpy around the onions and the mixture will become smooth. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is bubbling and has thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the enchilada sauce and sour cream.

  4. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking dish. Spread about 1/4 cup of the sauce on the bottom of the dish. Fill each tortilla with about ½ cup of the chicken/cream cheese filling. Top with a small handful of shredded cheese, a couple tablespoonfuls for each enchilada. Save at least 1/2 cup cheese for the top of the enchiladas. Roll the tortillas up and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Continue filling enchiladas until the dish is full (I can easily fit 8 enchiladas in one pan).

  5. Pour the white sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the enchiladas are bubbling, hot and lightly browned. Sprinkle fresh cilantro over the top and serve.

Make Ahead Instructions: Follow the recipe instructions, letting the sauce cool to warm room temperature before proceeding with filling the enchiladas. Assemble the enchiladas as directed in the recipe with the cooled sauce.

Cover the baking pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8-12 hours before baking. Bake according to the recipe, adding an additional 5-10 minutes if needed since the enchiladas were refrigerated. Alternately, after assembling, the baking pan can be covered with a double layer of foil and put in a jumbo-sized resealable bag and frozen for up to two months.

Bake from frozen by decreasing the baking temperature to 350 degrees F and baking the enchiladas covered for 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour until the dish is hot and bubbly.

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Café


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About Melanie Gunnell

Melanie Gunnell is a food-loving, chocolate-obsessed mom who has a desperate need to share her favorite tried-and-true recipes with the world. In a past life she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public health, but for the past ten years, stay-at-home motherhood has been her job along with blogging-from-home for the past five.

She resides in the brilliantly cold tundra of Northern Minnesota with her husband and their brood of five children: four boys and one tiny, bossy girl. Dark chocolate (particularly the act of shoving chocolate chips in her mouth whilst hiding in the pantry) is her coping skill of choice for both the never-ending winters and the never-ending wrestling matches in her front room.

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/

Calling(s): Primary pianist, CTR 6/7 Primary teacher, Activity Day leader

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