green chicken and corn enchiladas

This is my healthiest version of enchiladas. While David loves your traditional enchiladas (fried tortillas, cheese-filled and red sauce), I find these a great alternative. I also suspect you could omit the chicken and double the veggies to make it vegetarian. But I think the chicken adds a great substance.

1/2 sweet white onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup frozen sweet white corn
2-3 chicken breasts
10 corn tortillas
1 can (26 ounce) Las Palmas green enchilada sauce
shredded cheese (I use a mixture of Monterey Jack and Cheddar)

Set a large pot of water on to boil. Add chicken breasts and boil until done (about 8 minutes if not frozen). Once cooked through, remove from water and let cool. Shred the chicken and set aside.

Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add onion and saute until starting to soften. Stir in diced bell pepper and cook until starting to soften (not too long!). Add the frozen corn and saute until warmed through. Pour in cooked chicken and about 3 Tablespoons of the enchilada sauce. Season with salt and pepper and stir until combined.

Preheat oven to 375. Take a glass casserole dish (9x13) and pour about 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce on the bottom. Swirl to coat the pan. Wrap the corn tortillas in a wet (and rung dry) paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds just to soften the tortillas.

One at a time, put about 1-2 Tablespoons of the chicken mixture inside the tortilla and wrap up tightly (being sure not to break the tortilla). Place in the casserole dish and repeat until used all the tortillas and the filling. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce on top and layer a good amount of cheese on top as well. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes until the top is bubbly and browned (I like my top really crispy).

Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole and tomatillo salsa (my recipe here).


Andrea said...

This is on my menu this week. I can't wait to try it! Enchiladas are one of my husband's favorite foods, but we haven't found a good recipe yet. Hope this is it! Thanks for sharing.

Kristy said...

Made this for dinner and it was a hit. Thanks!