Mean Green Chicken Enchiladas

by cmocush

That’s right. Watch out, these cheesy fiends will enlarge your thighs! Ha, funny. But seriously, check these puppies out!

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FYI, this isn’t a totally unhealthy dish, it has tons of spinach in it and light cream cheese. Plus, the color comes from lots o’ yummy veggies: green onion, cilantro, spinach, and chiles.

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It’s been a while since the Fajita Fiesta for One so we thought it was time to re-release our inner urges to Americanize Mexican food. We just can’t resist things like California burritos (carne asada, avocado and fries), nacho cheese sauce from a push pump, and apparently green and creamy enchiladas. If American’s love of cream and cheese and Mexico’s love of tortillas and cilantro had a baby, this would be it.

I made this with my mom during the holidays and have been thinking about it ever since. It was clearly love at first bite.

Mean Green Chicken Enchiladas

Sauce

  • 1/2 12-ounce package fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1  teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1  teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

Enchiladas

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • sour cream and salsa to top it all off

How to:

Warm cream cheese and milk for 20-30 seconds and blend well. Melt butter in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add flour and stir mixture for about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in cream cheese and milk mixture. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach, cilantro, green onion, chilies, cumin, coriander and red pepper. Use an immersion blender to puree (or put into a food processor). Season with salt and pepper.

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Heat oil in heavy small skillet over medium-high heat. Dip tortillas in oil to soften, shake it off, and put onto paper towels to drain.

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Let’s just pretend the Italian wine in the background is a Corona with a snazzy little lime in it. Thanks.

Combine cheeses in large bowl; set aside 3/4 cups for topping. Combine onion and cilantro in small bowl.

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Place 1/4 cup cheese mixture in center of 1 tortilla. Spoon 2 teaspoons onion mixture over. Add a handful of chicken. Roll up tortilla. Place seam side down in large glass baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas, cheese and onion, using 1/4 cup cheese for each.

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Preheat oven to 375°F. Sprinkle the top with with a happy trail of reserved 3/4 cup cheese.

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Bake until the cheese browns a bit, about 25 minutes.

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Enjoy your Mean Green Chicken Enchiladas with LOTS of loved ones, because it can sure feed all of them + some.

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Lauren

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9 Comments to “Mean Green Chicken Enchiladas”

  1. I truly love all these pictures, but is there a way to download (save) the recipes without the pictures. Keep this up, I love it.

  2. Enchiladas are one of my absolute favorites!! My dad and I used to make them all the time when I lived at home, and I still look forward to going home and whipping up a batch while catching up!
    Your enchiladas look fantastic… now I’m craving a long day in the kitchen with my family!

  3. Thanks! We are working on figuring out a printable version of recipes. You’ll be the first to know when we get it workin right.

  4. That’s awesome. I miss home for that same reason! Long days in the kitchen with mom though, dad won’t go near it unless its to make spaghetti!

  5. I have lots of extra shredded chicken from my chicken pot pie… This is what I’m going to make with it! Love you both!

  6. enlarge your thighs…that’s hilarious! This looks wayyyyyy to good!

  7. Well, moderation is key. I guess they wouldn’t enlarge toooo much if you just had one or two :) The whole batch on the other hand would be a very serious issue.

  8. Yummmmm!!! Now that sounds totally awesome!!! :)

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