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Milk Street Bowtie Green Enchiladas with Chicken and Cheese (Enchiladas Verdes)

Green Enchiladas with Chicken and Cheese (Enchiladas Verdes)

45 minutes

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Green Enchiladas with Chicken and Cheese (Enchiladas Verdes)

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To make the filling for these enchiladas, use leftover roasted or grilled chicken or meat from a store-bought rotisserie bird. You also can poach your own chicken. To do so, place 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium saucepan, cover with water or chicken broth, bring to a simmer over medium-high, then reduce to low, cover and cook until the thickest part of the meat registers 160°F, about 20 minutes. Let the chicken cool in the liquid until just warm to the touch, then finely chop the meat. Our homemade green chili and tomatillo sauce is especially good here, but any bottled hot sauce that's not too vinegary (such as Tapatío or Cholula) will work. Chopped white onion and sour cream or Mexican crema are great garnishes.

4

Servings

Tip

Don't skip the step of brushing the tortillas with oil and briefly warming them in the oven. If the tortillas are filled and rolled straight from the package, they will crack and tear. But take care not to overheat them, which will dry them out and make them too brittle to roll.

45 minutes

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 medium poblano chilies (about 12 ounces), stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husked, cored and chopped
1 medium white onion, chopped
6 medium garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon ground cumin
½ cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves and stems
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1½ cups finely chopped cooked chicken (see note)
6 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (1½ cups)
2 tablespoons hot sauce (see note)
8 6-inch corn tortillas
Lime wedges, to serve
Ingredients
  • 3

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3

    medium poblano chilies (about 12 ounces), stemmed, seeded and chopped

  • 1

    pound tomatillos, husked, cored and chopped

  • 1

    medium white onion, chopped

  • 6

    medium garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1

    tablespoon ground cumin

  • ½

    cup low-sodium chicken broth or water

  • 1

    cup lightly packed cilantro leaves and stems

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • cups finely chopped cooked chicken (see note)

  • 6

    ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (1½ cups)

  • 2

    tablespoons hot sauce (see note)

  • 8

    6-inch corn tortillas

  • Lime wedges, to serve

Directions
  1. 01
    Heat the oven to 475°F with a rack in the middle position. In a large pot over medium-high, combine 1 tablespoon of the oil, the poblanos, tomatillos, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are well-browned and beginning to soften, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. 02
    Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the cilantro and continue to process until smooth, about 1 minute. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Spread 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish; set aside.
  3. 03
    In a medium bowl, toss together the chicken, cheese, hot sauce, ¾ teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
  4. 04
    Brush both sides of the tortillas with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, then arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet (its fine to overlap them slightly). Cover tightly with foil and warm in the oven just until soft and pliable, about 3 minutes.
  5. 05
    Uncover the tortillas; reserve the foil. Lay the tortillas out on a large cutting board or clean counter. Divide the chicken mixture evenly among the tortillas (about 3 heaping tablespoons each), arranging and pressing the filling in a line along the bottom edge of each tortilla.
  6. 06
    Working one at a time, roll up the tortillas to enclose the filling and place seam side down in a tight row down the center of the prepared baking dish. Spoon ½ cup of the sauce over the enchiladas. Cover tightly with the reserved foil and bake until the cheese begins to melt out of the ends, about 15 minutes.
  7. 07
    Uncover and spread ½ cup of the remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Re-cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with lime wedges and the remaining sauce.
Tip: Don't skip the step of brushing the tortillas with oil and briefly warming them in the oven. If the tortillas are filled and rolled straight from the package, they will crack and tear. But take care not to overheat them, which will dry them out and make them too brittle to roll.
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Paul G.
June 29, 2022
Make the sauce ahead of time and freeze!
We’ve made this several times…always awesome and always a crowd pleaser! We made a double batch of the sauce and froze half to make a quick weeknight meal using the meat from a rotisserie chicken! The small humans devour it so that makes this a winner. Also, I use Mi Tierra Corn tortillas…their flavor is out of this world!
Charles B.
July 5, 2022
Very good. Easier than some of the other GE recipes out there.
I added a half teaspoon of sugar to green sauce, and used immersion blender rather than food processor. Other than that, no changes. Very good.
Robin R.
June 20, 2022
Great
Loved it. Not too difficult
Laurel P.

These were quite tasty. I've never been a huge fan of cumin but obviously it's a big part of Mexican cooking. It was good in this verde sauce. I'm just wondering what might be a good substitute for cumin in dishes that call for it?

Janelle C.

Hi Laurel,

Generally, cumin and coriander work well as substitutes for each other. You can also try caraway seeds.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Michael F.

"...any bottled hot sauce that's not too vinegary (such as Tapatío or Cholula) will work..."

So are Tapatio and Cholula examples of hot sauce that's too vinegary, or examples that will work since they're not too vinegary?

Janelle C.

Hi Michael,

They are examples of what WILL work.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Jenna H.

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Loretta F.

I made this last night with the last of this season's tomatillos and really liked it...and it was 60 minutes from walking into the kitchen to serving this dish accompanied by a sauté of zucchini, corn and black beans and lime. One point: because I had cooked the sauce vegetables too long, they dried out a little so I ended up adding twice as much broth than was called for in order to make the sauce loose enough. My partners prefers flour tortillas so I made some of each; that worked fine, though the arrangement in the baking dish was a challenge. Thanks for the recipe!

Loretta F.

I made this last night with the last of this season's tomatillos and really liked it...and it was 60 minutes from walking into the kitchen to serving this dish accompanied by a sauté of zucchini, corn and black beans and lime. One point: because I had cooked the sauce vegetables too long, they dried out a little so I ended up adding twice as much broth than was called for in order to make the sauce loose enough. My partners prefers flour tortillas so I made some of each; that worked fine, though the arrangement in the baking dish was a challenge. Thanks for the recipe!

Barbara R.

Very good. We can’t have cheese so I added chicken broth to filling mixture so the chicken wouldn’t be dry. We also prefer flour tortillas. It came out great!

christine d.

This was a great way to use up some leftover roasted chicken thighs. We used flour tortillas because it's what we had. Overall, it was an easy dish to put together. I would probably thin the sauce a little bit next time, but if I forget, it's great as is.

Michael P.

Excellent. I made with a bunch of unripe green tomatoes from end-of-season garden instead of tomatillos, worked great. Used Cholula original hot sauce but no where near the 2tbsp called for in recipe, that would be too hot for me!

Diana L.

I made this twice now. I have added a shredded Mexican cheese with the lettuce to the top once it was done. This must be made with corn tortillas or it will not taste good. It was delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

Amy M.

How long would the green sauce last if made ahead and stored in the refrigerator? Or can it be frozen?

Lynn C.

Hi Amy -

We probably wouldn't recommend making it more than a day or two ahead, otherwise the garlic could get overpowering. You should be able to freeze it, though. Just make sure to bring the sauce to room temperature before using so the cold sauce doesn't affect the cooking time and dry out the tortillas.

Best,
The Milk Street Team


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Green Enchiladas with Chicken and Cheese (Enchiladas Verdes)

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4

Servings

45 minutes

Tip

Don't skip the step of brushing the tortillas with oil and briefly warming them in the oven. If the tortillas are filled and rolled straight from the package, they will crack and tear. But take care not to overheat them, which will dry them out and make them too brittle to roll.

Ingredients
  • 3

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3

    medium poblano chilies (about 12 ounces), stemmed, seeded and chopped

  • 1

    pound tomatillos, husked, cored and chopped

  • 1

    medium white onion, chopped

  • 6

    medium garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1

    tablespoon ground cumin

  • ½

    cup low-sodium chicken broth or water

  • 1

    cup lightly packed cilantro leaves and stems

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • cups finely chopped cooked chicken (see note)

  • 6

    ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (1½ cups)

  • 2

    tablespoons hot sauce (see note)

  • 8

    6-inch corn tortillas

  • Lime wedges, to serve

Step 1 of 7

Combine Ingredients In Pot

1
tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3
medium poblano chilies (about 12 ounces), stemmed, seeded and chopped
1
pound tomatillos, husked, cored and chopped
1
medium white onion, chopped
6
medium garlic cloves, peeled
1
tablespoon ground cumin
½
cup low-sodium chicken broth or water

Heat the oven to 475°F with a rack in the middle position. In a large pot over medium-high, combine 1 tablespoon of the oil, the poblanos, tomatillos, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are well-browned and beginning to soften, 5 to 8 minutes.


Stir in the cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

Step 2 of 7

Blend Sauce

1
cup lightly packed cilantro leaves and stems
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the cilantro and continue to process until smooth, about 1 minute. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Spread 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish; set aside.

Step 3 of 7

Prepare Chicken

cups finely chopped cooked chicken
6
ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (1½ cups)
2
tablespoons hot sauce
teaspoons Kosher salt
1
teaspoon ground black pepper

In a medium bowl, toss together the chicken, cheese, hot sauce, ¾ teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; set aside.

Step 4 of 7

Prepare Tortillas

2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8
6-inch corn tortillas

Brush both sides of the tortillas with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, then arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet (its fine to overlap them slightly). Cover tightly with foil and warm in the oven just until soft and pliable, about 3 minutes.

Step 5 of 7

Divide Chicken Mixture

Uncover the tortillas; reserve the foil. Lay the tortillas out on a large cutting board or clean counter. Divide the chicken mixture evenly among the tortillas (about 3 heaping tablespoons each), arranging and pressing the filling in a line along the bottom edge of each tortilla.

Step 6 of 7

Sauce Tortillas

Working one at a time, roll up the tortillas to enclose the filling and place seam side down in a tight row down the center of the prepared baking dish. Spoon ½ cup of the sauce over the enchiladas. Cover tightly with the reserved foil and bake until the cheese begins to melt out of the ends, about 15 minutes.

Step 7 of 7

Finish and Serve

Lime wedges, to serve

Uncover and spread ½ cup of the remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Re-cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with lime wedges and the remaining sauce.

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