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Chicken-Cheese Enchiladas

Yield Makes 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound skinned and boned chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar chunky salsa, divided
  • 12 ounces (3 cups) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) package flour tortillas
  • Sour cream
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1/4 cup water, taco seasoning, and oil in a shallow dish or heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; mix well. Add chicken pieces; cover or seal and chill 5 minutes or up to 12 hours.

  2. Cook chicken and marinade in a large, hot nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 5 to 10 minutes or until chicken is done.

  3. Stir together 1/2 cup salsa and remaining 1/4 cup water in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish until well blended. Spread evenly over bottom of dish.

  4. Stir together 2 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, ricotta cheese, and next 4 ingredients. Spoon 1/3 cup cheese mixture down the center of each tortilla; top with chicken, and roll up. Place tortillas, seam side down, over salsa mixture in dish. Drizzle remaining salsa over enchiladas; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese.

  5. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese melts. Top with sour cream; garnish, if desired.