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Chicken Enchiladas For Two

Enchiladas are an easy weeknight meal, which can be very healthy if you use good ingredients. Simple and easy to prepare, I made these chicken enchiladas with my favorite go to, pre-cooked, pre-chopped chicken. Great invention for couples, or even one person. Of course, you can prepare raw chicken, however, I think it tends to get a bit dried out for this application. These were delicious and only baked for 20 minutes.  Prep time was about 15 minutes…dinner under an hour! Chicken Enchiladas for Two

Make Your Own Enchilada Red Sauce

Ingredient List:

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups chicken stock
Place a small saucepan over medium heat, begin to heat oil Once oil is heated, add flour and whisk together for about 1 minute, till thoroughly combined. Stir in all remaining seasonings. ENCHILADA RED SAUCE Gradually add the chicken stock, while whisking constantly.  Continue till all lumps are removed. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Sauce will slightly thicken.

While sauce is simmering…

Prep your Enchilada ingredients…

  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 8 oz. bag of southwestern flavored precooked chicken.  I chop my up into smaller pieces.
  • 4 oz. can of diced green chiles
  • 1/2 can of re-fried beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 6 burrito sized flour tortillas
  • 2 cups of cheese, shredded
Don’t buy the pre-blended cheese. They contain CELLULOSE!

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I buy the block cheese and shred it myself.  I used Colby Jack and cheddar.  
Sharp Cheddar Cheese Block
Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese on a Cutting Board

Preparing Chicken Enchiladas For Two

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place re-fried beans in a microwavable bowl, and heat on high for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, stir. Heat again for 1 minute.  Remove from microwave. In a 10″ nonstick skillet, add the 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil and turn to medium-high heat. Once heated, add chopped onion and saute, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, for about 5-6 minutes. Add green chilies, salt and pepper.  Saute for about 2 minutes more. Add precooked chicken and heat till warm through, approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Sit aside.

Assemble your enchiladas.

Place a tortilla on a flat surface. Spread about a tablespoon of the enchilada sauce down the middle of the tortilla. Spread about a tablespoon of the re-fried beans on the surface of the tortilla, concentrating mainly down the middle. Sprinkle some of the chicken/onion mixture on top of the beans.  I just used my hands. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the cheese on top of the chicken mixture. Moving from one side of the tortilla, roll it up into a tube and place in an ovenproof, deep container. Lay the tortillas in a row, next to each other. Spread the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the shells. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until cheese appears bubbly. Serve with chopped iceberg lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Finished Chicken Enchiladas

FULL RECIPE

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Enchiladas with a Homemade Red Sauce

Chicken Enchiladas with a Homemade Red Sauce
This dinner can be made in under one hour, despite making your own red sauce from scratch.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

RED SAUCE

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups chicken stock

For the Chicken Enchiladas

  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 8 oz. bag of southwestern flavored precooked chicken.  I chop my up into smaller pieces.
  • 4 oz. can of diced green chiles
  • 1/2 can of re-fried beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 6 burrito sized flour tortillas
  • 2 cups of cheese, shredded

Instructions

Making the Red Sauce

  1. Place a small saucepan over medium heat, begin to heat oil
  2. Once oil is heated, add flour and whisk together for about 1 minute, till thoroughly combined.
  3. Stir in all remaining seasonings.
  4. Gradually add the chicken stock, while whisking constantly.  Continue till all lumps are removed.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Sauce will slightly thicken.

While sauce is simmering...

    Chicken Enchiladas For Two

    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. Place re-fried beans in a microwavable bowl, and heat on high for 2 minutes.
    3. After 2 minutes, stir. Heat again for 1 minute.  Remove from microwave.
    4. In a 10" nonstick skillet, add the 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil and turn to medium-high heat.
    5. Once heated, add chopped onion and saute, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, for about 5-6 minutes.
    6. Add green chilies, salt and pepper.  Saute for about 2 minutes more.
    7. Add precooked chicken and heat till warm through, approximately 3 minutes.
    8. Remove from heat. Sit aside.
    9. Assemble your enchiladas.
    10. Place a tortilla on a flat surface.
    11. Spread about a tablespoon of the enchilada sauce down the middle of the tortilla.
    12. Spread about a tablespoon of the re-fried beans on the surface of the tortilla, concentrating mainly down the middle.
    13. Sprinkle some of the chicken/onion mixture on top of the beans.  I just used my hands.
    14. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the cheese on top of the chicken mixture.
    15. Moving from one side of the tortilla, roll it up into a tube and place in an ovenproof, deep container.
    16. Lay the tortillas in a row, next to each other.
    17. Spread the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the shells.
    18. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
    19. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until cheese appears bubbly.
    20. Serve with chopped iceberg lettuce and chopped tomatoes.
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