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Green Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Salsa Verde

Yummy green chicken enchiladas are an easy weeknight favorite and freezer friendly. Make your own homemade salsa verde – it’s easy!

green chicken enchiladas

For a few years I have been fascinated by tomatillos.  I remember seeing them for the first time in the produce section of my grocery store.  I’m sure I was scanning the produce bins, looking for celery or carrots, when they landed on these round . . . fruits? vegetables? . . .wrapped in paper husks.  The name sounded like tomato.  Was it the same thing?

Yummy green chicken enchiladas are an easy weeknight favorite and freezer friendly. Make your own homemade salsa verde - it's easy!

My thirst for knowledge led me to Google.  Turns out they are a fruit, known as green tomatoes in Mexico, and are a staple of Mexican cuisine.  So my next question was, what do you do with them?

Maybe it was coincidence that in the same week two recipes using tomatillos came across my path?  One was for a traditional salsa verde used in chicken enchiladas and the other a unique take on a pasta sauce.

Enchiladas are not my favorite item to order at a Mexican restaurant.  They usually come out swimming in a big glob of beans and red sauce, transforming my tortilla into something resembling a soggy wet sponge.  How appetizing . . .

green chicken enchiladas

I do enjoy making them at home where I can control the amount of sauce that goes into my dish, leaving a little tortilla exposed so I get some crunchiness along with the ooey, gooey center.  This recipe would be great for a crowd since it makes quite a lot of food.  Being that  it’s just the two of us – Carnivore Husband and myself – I halved the recipe and we still couldn’t eat the whole pan.

If you plan ahead, you can do a little double time with this.  Remember the roast chicken from earlier in the week that I used to make chicken noodle soup?  It appears again as the filling for my tortillas.  The pasta sauce in the next post calls for roasted tomatillos.  What do you know?  I just happen to be roasting tomatillos for my enchiladas.  Why not double up and save yourself a step later on?

green chicken enchiladas

 

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Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Yummy green chicken enchiladas are an easy weeknight favorite and freezer friendly. Make your own homemade salsa verde - it's easy!
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes
Servings 10 people
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

Tomatillo Salsa Verde:

  • 1 pound tomatillos husked
  • 1 white onion peeled, sliced, quartered or whole
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 lime juiced

Enchiladas:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • 4.5 cups shredded chicken
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 large flour tortillas

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine tomatillos, garlic cloves, and jalapenos on a baking tray. Roast for 12-15 minutes. Toss into a food processor and process until ingredients are combines and sauce is chunky.
  • Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  • Add garlic and cumin and cook for one minute more. Gradually add flour and then add chicken stock. Stir to ensure that flour is well combined and mixture does not get lumpy. Continue to cook for a few minutes more until liquid begins to thicken.
  • Remove pan from the heat. Stir in roast chicken and half of the salsa verde sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread about 1/4 - 1/2 cup salsa verde sauce on the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish.
  • Wrap tortillas in plastic wrap and microwave them for 10-15 seconds until tortillas are soft and pliable. Lightly coast each tortilla with a small amount of salsa verde sauce.
  • Arrange the chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Roll each tortilla and place seam side down in the baking dish. Pour remaining salsa verde over enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until cheese is melted.

Notes

If freezing, follow recipe through Step 10. Complete Step 10 prior to serving.
Inspired by Tyler Florence.


7 Comments

  1. Looks really delicious …
    Laila .. http://lailablogs.com/

  2. I love making salsa out of tomatillos. Those little beauties are absolutely delicious. And your enchiladas look marvelous.

  3. Simply Life

    Yum, those look delicious!

  4. I have passed tomatillos a thousand times with always the same thought…I need to buy a few and use them in my cooking. I have yet to do it! I smiled when I read that you had done the same thing before you finally bought a few 🙂

    Your enchilada dish looks really beautiful.

    Very nice blog post!

  5. distractedgourmet

    Ah, I’d love to cook with these, but they’re very rare in the UK!

  6. I do want an enchilada. Where were you last night when I ordered one in a pub and it was gross?!!!!! This looks great, but where are the marshmallows?

  7. Mmm, yeah. That’s why I don’t order enchiladas in restaurants. Marshmallows were for dessert 🙂

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