Wednesday, April 6, 2011

chicken enchiladas with roasted salsa verde

shredded chicken (recipe below)
chicken broth (recipe below)
roasted salsa verde (recipe below)
7" flour tortillas
refried beans
shredded mexican cheese
cilantro for garnish

shredded chicken and chicken broth:
4 1/2 pound whole chicken

place the chicken into a large pot. fill the pot with cold water, and bring to a boil. reduce the heat to a simmer. cover and simmer for 2 hours.

remove the chicken from the liquid and reserve the chicken broth for later. when the chicken cools, or is easy to handle then shred the chicken. removing the meat from the bones.

roasted salsa verde:
1 pound roasted tomatillos (cleaned)
2 roasted jalapenos
3 cloves roasted garlic
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups chicken broth (recipe above)
1 onion (chopped)
juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup cilantro (packed)

to roast the tomatillos, jalapenos, and garlic preheat the oven the 350 degrees. cut the tomatillos and jalapenos in half, and lay them in a non stick 5"x9" loaf pan with the garlic. drizzle the vegetable oil and mix the veggies well. season with salt and pepper. cook for 1 hour.

after 1 hour pour the veggies and garlic, with all the juices, into a blender or food processor. also add the chicken broth, chopped onion, lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. pure just to mix everything, but still leaving the verde a bit chunky.

pour the verde salsa into a medium size dutch oven, and also add in the shredded chicken. simmer on the stove for about 30 mins.

assembling the enchiladas:
preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

place a couple spoons full of the chicken verde into a baking dish. lay the tortilla on a separate plate. place a large spoonful of refried beans in a row up the center... (i use canned refried beans, but i add them into a pot on medium heat, and add in 1/3 cup of the chicken broth to thin it out a bit)... then add your chicken verde, and then top with shredded mexican cheese. roll the tortilla and place it in the baking dish. repeat the process until the baking dish is filled. top the enchiladas with more of the chicken verde, and then more cheese. place in the oven for 30 mins. remove form the oven, top with chopped cilantro, and serve hot.

enjoy :)


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