Tobins' Tastes: Justin's Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Justin's Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Our little homemade fiesta on a plate!

This past week was a crazy one. I had meetings or school functions almost every night. So you can imagine my relief and gratitude when Justin offered to cook us dinner and to have it ready for us when I got home. He knew that I was wanting to have a few recipe posts in the Cinco De Mayo theme this week so he even took some pictures for me too.

While he is an amazing chef and real life photographer, he is still getting the hang of what types of pictures I use for blog posts so forgive us if there aren't too many photos of the cooking process. He also is a little less precise when it comes to measurements and such so I will do my best to put his recipe into words : )

We love celebrating Cinco De Mayo but after waiting 2 hours for a table last year (I am not exaggerating, it really took that long!), we wanted to find somethings to make at home to celebrate without facing the crowds.

I was amazed at how flavorful these enchiladas were and I loved them with the corn tortillas.  They were surprisingly simple to make and we can't wait to try them again and dress them up with some fresh veggies and salsa. Pair them with my Mucho Margarita Cupcakes and you have the perfect Cinco De Mayo meal right in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Who needs to go out for Cinco De Mayo!?!
We served this dish with salad and homemade tortilla chips. We just cut up the left over corn tortillas and lightly fried them. I know we probably should have baked them but since we were going for an authentic Mexican night at home it only seemed right to do it as a restaurant would.

Justin made a homemade enchilada sauce but according to him, the recipe needs a little more refining before he is ready to share it with the world. He told me to say that if you don't have an enchilada sauce recipe at home you can always get it pre-made at the store without sacrificing any real flavor.

This is the recipe as dictated to me in an email from Justin. I laughed out load reading over it because it is a clear example of the difference in how a man and a woman would describe a recipe. Hope you enjoy hearing today's recipe as told you from a male perspective : ) 

Justin's Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
  • One pound of chicken breasts
  • One packet of taco seasoning of your choice (we used low sodium)
  • Half an onion
  • Green pepper (optional if your wife likes them, Justin's specific words here)
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt (plain)
  •  Corn tortilla shells (or flour if you prefer, we felt that the corn had a more authentic feel)
  • Shredded cheese, we used a 4 cheese Mexican blend, you can use however much feels right to you
  • Enchilada sauce for topping, homemade or in a jar
1.) Partly cook  raw chicken by simmering in plain water in a large saucepan for about 10 minutes.

2.) Drain water and add about 1 cup of water or enough to cover chicken. Add packet of taco seasoning, onion and peppers. Simmer on low for 45 minutes to an hour or until chicken falls apart with a fork.

3.) Take the chicken out of the sauce and shred it. Leaving the sauce and veggies still in the pan.

4.) Return shredded chicken to the sauce and stir in two heaping (Yes, Justin actually said heaping) tablespoons of sour cream or Greek yogurt and mix thoroughly.

5.) Spread the chicken mixture down the center of a tortilla, roll it up and place in pan seem side down. Repeat until you run out of the chicken mixture.

6.) Drizzle any remaining sauce from the chicken over the tops of the tortillas and then sprinkle shredded cheese over them before baking.

Ready to go in the oven!
 7.) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and the tortillas are starting to brown on the edges.

Drizzle with enchilada sauce and enjoy!

Make sure you stop by this week's Mealtime Monday and link up any amazing recipes you have been working on lately.

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  1. Looks so good!
    Thanks for sharing at our Sunday Round Up.
    New Follower

  2. These look great - and perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration!

    Thanks for joining our Beautify It Monday link party, We hope you'll be back next week!

    -Four Sisters

  3. Yummy recipe ~ my mouth is watering for such delight ~ thanks for linking up to Magical Monday Meme ~ namaste, ^_^

  4. I love me some Chicken enchiladas! I will have to try this recipe:)

  5. These look so scrumptious! I can't wait to try this recipe...Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  6. I was just wondering what I should have for lunch, and have all the ingredients on hand. Looks like this is going in my oven in lets say 12 minutes. Although, I did happen to have a homemade taco/fajita sauce previously made. I hear you on the busy schedule!


  7. Yum yum yum! Mexican is my Fav! Would love for you to share with us at Kids in the Kitchen. We would love for you to link up with us on Tuesday, all your delicious recipes. You can link up this recipe here:
    Hope to see you there! Thanks

    1. Thanks for sharing with us! Perfect dish for families to make on May 5 :) Hope to see you again next week! Blessings

  8. My mouth is also watering, I love enchiladas! Hubs not so much, so I am always trying out new recipes. I'll be giving yours a try. They really do look so good! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

  9. That looks really yummy! I love the idea of stewing the chicken like that.

  10. Looks super yummy! I have a Justin too (son of course) and he LOVES enchiladas. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great day.


  11. Wow! Those look so good! YUM!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.

  12. Yummy! What a great idea for tomorrow's Cinco de Mayo festivities! Thanks for linking up to the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  13. LOL - that is hilarious about a guy's recipe. It certainly is different, but whatever, this recipe looks delicious. Making me hungry for lunch now. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  14. Oh yum! I like that you used Greek yogurt instead on sour cream. It makes it a bit more healthier. Thanks for linking up!

  15. these look amazing! Pinning!! Thanks for linking them up to Fantabulous Friday @ Little Becky Homecky!

  16. Those look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  17. Hi Kaylee, visiting from Tasty Tuesdays. My husband cooks like that too, from scratch and never writes down the recipe for me. He's a "little of this and a little of that" type of cook. This looks delicious, hope he tweaks his enchilada sauce so we can try it too. Have a great week-end.

  18. The perfect Cinco de Mayo dinner but I'm not waiting til next year. :D Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful

  19. Hi! I love your chicken recipe, it looks delicious!

  20. These enchiladas look great Kaylee! Enchiladas are one of the Hubs favorite meals! Pinning to try these for him :)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!


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