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Chicken Enchiladas — hold the flour!

Editors Note:  Chef Juje goes national! I would like to welcome the first of what I hope will be many contributions from Chef Aud –  sister, creator of my moniker “Juje” and home cook extraordinaire.   Aud is writing from Washington, D.C., where she enjoys simple, healthy, and cost-effective recipes.  

Chicken Enchiladas

It’s been stone cold this week on the east coast, so I wanted to whip up something with a little spice for warmth. Found this nice gem — also from Gimme Some Oven. It was simple, fast and healthy, too. You can start with raw chicken, but I used rotisserie chicken. It was easier and faster to work with. Can you tell I like to keep it simple in the kitchen? Here are the deets:


4 Tbsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. oregano
2 chicken bouillon cubes (or 2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules)
2 cups water
4 Tbsp. oil (vegetable or canola)
1 (15.5 oz.) can mashed lentils or black beans, drained
2 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
1 cup onion, diced
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
3 cups Mexican-blend shredded cheese
8-10 flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a large baking dish.  (9 x 13 glass pan)

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in saucepan over medium heat.  Add in the first six ingredients to the oil and stir for 1 minute.  Then add water and bouillon.  Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until thick.

In small skillet on the side, heat 2 Tbsp. oil over medium heat.  Add diced onion and green chiles.  Saute until onions are cooked and translucent.  Turn off heat and add chicken to mixture.  (Or if you are beginning with raw chicken, feel free to cook alongside the onions and chiles.  Then dice or shred the meat afterwards.)

To assemble the enchiladas, set up an assembly line including: tortillas, sauce, beans, chicken mixture, and cheese.  Lay out a tortilla, and spread a spoonful of sauce in a line down the center.  Then add beans on top of the sauce, then some chicken mixture, and cheese.  Roll up tortilla and place seam-side down in baking dish.  Once all enchiladas are made, pour extra sauce over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Then remove dish and sprinkle extra cheese on top, and bake for 5-10 minutes more until tortillas begin to brown slightly around the edges.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Helpful Hints:

The recipe calls for flour to thicken the sauce. I didn’t have any. Huh? I know! You’re thinking, “What kind of makeshift kitchen is she working in?” Turns out, though, that the light consistency of the sauce was just right and prevented the enchiladas from drying out.

I topped the bad boys with some light sour cream and served with a side of greens. Bon app!

Source: gimme some oven


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3 thoughts on “Chicken Enchiladas — hold the flour!

  1. I like your recipes! You two sound like wonderful cooks!

  2. Ellice on said:

    I love that you made your sauce from scratch. I just made this (my own version but pretty close to yours Audrey) last night and had to cheat and use canned sauce because I ran out of time. Looking forward to more recipes! My family needs some variety….Miss you girls!

  3. Juliana on said:

    Yeah, I’m excited to try this myself. Confession…I might still use flour. Sorry Chef Aud! But I’ll post results and maybe it’s better without flour after all.

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