November 30, 2011

Chicken Enchiladas


An enchilada is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, seafood or combinations.


What you need: Serves 2-3
1 cup canola oil
6 corn tortillas
1 cup boneless chicken diced/ substitute it with shrimp, paneer(Indian cheese) or even ground meat
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh/frozen corn
1/2 cup fresh diced peppers/capsicum
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp crushed cayenne flakes
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Salt to taste
1 cup grated cheese (mild yellow and jack cheese)
A handful of cilantro     

1 cup enchilada sauce. You can either make home made or have a can of store bought.

For home made, you need:
1 cup cooked or canned tomatoes
3 Tbsp of tomato paste
1 tsp roasted green chiles
2 Tbsp diced onions
1 tsp finely chopped cilantro
1 tsp oil
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp of sugar
Salt to taste


To make the sauce, saute the onions and green chillies to a brown color, add in the  tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, and cilantro, salt to taste and bring to a boil, then slow cook for about 20 minutes. You can dilute it with water if needed.

To make the Enchiladas, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Saute the chopped onion and garlic with a tsp of oil in a pan. Add in the chicken and let cook through. Toss in the corn and peppers. Add in the powders and saute for another 3-5 minutes, set aside.

Use a medium fry pan, add in oil and let it heat up. Add a tortilla to the pan. Cook for 2-3 seconds, turn it over and cook until they are soft, drain it on tissue to get the excess oil off. The process of frying is to make the tortillas soft and flavorful.

Roll each warm tortilla with the chicken filling and a little grated cheese. Spray some cooking oil into an oven safe dish, pour a little sauce on the bottom. Arrange the rolls close to each other with the open side facing the bottom.

Add sauce to the top of the tortillas in the dish. Make sure all are covered with the sauce. If not, add a little water. Cover the whole thing with the rest of the grated cheese. Put the casserole in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Garnish with cilantro, and serve warm, enjoy!