Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lazy Chicken Enchiladas

Sorry for the poor photo quality!

I have no idea if this idea is replicated a thousand times elsewhere on the Internet.  All I know is that I threw this together last night and my family absolutely LOVED it.  Seeing as that's a huge requirement to my posting things on here, here you go.

Lazy Chicken Enchiladas

  • 2-3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 small can enchilada sauce (mild)
  • 6 burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • 2 cups mexican flavored cheese
  • cooking spray
  • sour cream (optional)
  • green onion (optional)

First, I sauteed the whole chicken breasts in a frying pan with the can of enchilada sauce.  This was my time to figure out what else I was going to do with the chicken, but I figured it would be a good start.

Once the chicken was cooked completely through (probably 15 minutes), I shredded it and chopped it up with 2 forks.

I spread some enchilada sauce from the pan into the bottom of a 9x12" baking dish.  In the future, though, I will remember that tortillas STICK TO GLASS, so I will spray with cooking spray!

2 tortillas down, then I spread out the equivalent of 1 chopped chicken breast across.  I then put approximate a handful (cup?) of cheese over the chicken, and then spread a THIN layer of enchilada sauce over it all.  Don't use too much, you don't want it to be soupy.  I laid 2 more tortillas across and added another layer of chicken, cheese and sauce. It was much like making a lasagna.

I topped it off with another layer of tortillas, and then spread another layer of cheese and sauce across the top.  I baked it in the oven approximately 20 minutes (at 425 degrees), until the top was nice and bubbly.

I served it topped with sour cream and chopped green onion and like I said, my family sucked it down!  I served it with a package of Mexican rice (Knorr), into which I also threw a cup of frozen corn.  It was a delicious dinner, pretty low-cost and low fat.  Delicious!

The only thing I might do next time is perhaps use 2 cans of sauce, or maybe just the bigger can - or maybe mix it with a can of tomato sauce - not sure yet.  You could also throw in a can of beans of your choice (I usually use kidney beans), but I didn't last night because the kids had told me they were getting tired of beans LOL.  I might also try this with ground turkey instead of chicken.

Next time, I promise to take BETTER photos!