Saturday, September 20, 2008

Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce

When my sister returned from a weekend home in Napa Valley, she had a plastic bag filled with garden goodies. Most notable was the batch of tomatillos. Her husband handed them to me and said 'Your Mom said you would know what to do with these". She was right. I made a tomatillo and cilantro sauce for some killer chicken enchiladas the next night.

Adding sour cream to the filling is key so don't skip or skimp this step. It makes the mixture very creamy and luscious. Next time, I am going to add green chilies to the mixture. Also, I broiled my chicken 9 minutes a side and shredded instead of boiled. I think seasoning and broiling the meat adds more texture and flavor. Other than that, this recipe is golden.

Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce
1 1/4 lb Fresh tomatillos
2 Jalapeno peppers
1 sm Onion peeled and finely -chopped
3 md Garlic clove -peeled and minced
1 tb Vegetable oil
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 c Low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 ts Salt

2 Whole chicken breasts -boneless and skinless
2 tb Minced onion
1/3 c Sour cream
1/4 ts Salt
1/3 c Vegetable oil
1 c Sharp cheddar cheese -coarsely grated
1/2 c Crumbled asiago cheese -or substitute additional cheddar or jack cheese

Directions:1. TO MAKE THE SAUCE.Husk and wash the tomatillos. Bring a pan of water to the boil, add the tomatillos and jalapeno peppers and time for 10 minutes. Drain and remove the stem ends of the peppers. Put the tomatillos, peppers, cilantro, onion and garlic in a food processor and process to a coarse puree.2. In a large pan heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the vegetable puree and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and salt; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside. 3.

TO MAKE THE ENCHILADAS. Place the chicken in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring just to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer until cooked through. Remove the chicken from the water and cool slightly. Shred the chicken and set aside. 4. Combine the cooled, shredded chicken with the minced onion, sour cream, and salt. Stir in 1/4 cup of the tomatillo sauce. Set aside.5. In a 9- to 10-inch frying pan heat the oil over medium-high heat. Put 1 tortilla at a time in the hot oil and fry about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels. Cool slightly.6. Spread a little of the sauce in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Spoon some of the filling down the center of each tortilla and roll. Place in the baking dish; it will be a tight fit. Spoon the sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with the cheddar and asiago cheeses. 7. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving.


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