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Shredded chicken enchiladas

 In Chicken, Dinner/Supper, Lunch, Recipes

Flavorful shredded chicken enchiladas baked in a rich home-made enchilada sauce topped with crumbled feta and grated cheddar cheese.

shredded chicken enchiladasWhen you top tortillas filled with spicy, flavourful chicken in rich enchilada sauce and all the cheese, things can only be great, right?

shredded chicken enchiladasBecause that’s what we’re doing today. Enchiladas have been a favourite of mine for many, many years and it’s really not that hard to see why. The thing with enchiladas is that it really is one of those fail-safe, super easy recipes and can be thrown together in all of 20 minutes. Especially if you use shortcuts. And you know I’m the queen of shortcuts so I’m definitely not going to tell you NOT to use a jar of ready-made enchilada sauce BUT if I can convince you to make your own, I promise you won’t be disappointed. You see, it takes pretty much the same amount of time to cook your own rich, deeply aromatic tomato sauce for the enchiladas as it does to make the actual filling. We’re talking max 15 minutes here. And you have to make the filling anyway so you might as well just do the sauce yourself too, right?

shredded chicken enchiladasAnd I pinky promise it will be worth it. Where we are saving time is by using either left-over roast chicken or a rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket. Yep, I’m on the leftovers train again but you guys, I feel like a thrifty superhero when I can turn yesterday’s dinner into a fantastic meal today. Some superheroes wear aprons, ok? (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) So you’ve got the chicken shredded, now you’re going to fry off a red onion, some garlic (ok fine, a lot of garlic), a few sliced mushrooms and a generous amount of ground spices. Add the chicken, a few chopped tomatoes to get things sauced up and allow to simmer for 5 or so minutes until the mixture is moist but not wet before assembling the enchiladas. I like topping the stuffed and rolled enchiladas with a mixture of crumbled feta cheese and sharp cheddar but the cheese element is completely up to you. Mozzarella is great because it is the ultimate melter but honestly, use whatever you want. A mixture of all 3 would be peak cheese goals. Served with the guacamole from yesterday and a dollop of sour cream these are just dreamy. And listen, make sure there’s one or two of these bad boys leftover because I’m not lying when I say they taste even better the next day. shredded chicken enchiladas

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Flavorful shredded chicken enchiladas baked in a rich home-made enchilada sauce topped with crumbled feta and grated cheddar cheese.
Recipe type: Dinner, Chicken, Easy,
Serves: 4
for the enchilada sauce
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 x 400g tins/cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
for the enchiladas
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
to serve
  1. To make the sauce, saute the onion until soft and translucent then add the garlic and spices and fry for another 30 seconds before adding the chopped tomatoes. Add the bay leaf, red wine and sugar (if using) and reduce the heat. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has reduced slightly. Season to taste then remove the bay leaf and blend until smooth.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 220°c.
  3. To make the filling, saute the onion in a large frying pan until soft and translucent then add the garlic and mushrooms and fry for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the spices and fry until the pan dries out then add the chicken the tomatoes. Lower the heat and allow to saute for another 5 minutes until the tomatoes are broken up. Season to taste with lemon, salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
  5. To make the enchiladas, pour half the sauce into an oven-proof dish.
  6. Place a few spoonfuls of the mixture onto a tortilla then roll up and place seam-side down into the dish with the enchilada sauce.
  7. Repeat until you have 8 enchiladas then top with the remaining sauce and cheese.
  8. Place in the oven and allow to bake for 10 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese has melted.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve with guacamole and a dollop of sour cream.

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Easy Mexican grilled chicken with pico de gallo 

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Chicken tacos with guacamole and pico de gallo 

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Erin @ The Wooden Skillet

    These look seriously delicious! And I love homemade enchilada sauce! Looks amazing 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Erin. Home-made always tastes so much better, doesn’t it?

  • Reply

    Enchiladas have always been a favorite of mine too Alida! And these look fabulous! I’ll need to make them for my son Casey! He LOVES anything Mexican! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Mary Ann! I’d love to know what your son thinks of these. 😉 Have a great weekend!

  • Wikus

    Great recipe!

  • Grey

    Looks beautiful and rich!

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