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Chicken Enchiladas

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Hands-on time 45 mins
Total time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Make the enchilada sauce up to three days ahead; the flavors will meld and only get better.

Ingredients

  • Sauce
  • 4 Anaheim chiles or 3 large jalapeño peppers
  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 6 plum tomatoes, halved
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 7 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 (28-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • Enchiladas
  • 1 (8-oz.) block Monterey Jack cheese
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 4 cups shredded deli-roasted chicken
  • 1/2 (8-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1/2 cup torn cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

How to Make It

  1. Prepare Sauce: Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 inches from heat. Broil first 5 ingredients on a foil-lined baking sheet, 6 minutes or until peppers blister and char. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel and seed peppers; peel garlic. Reduce oven temperature to 375°.

  2. Bring tomato sauce, next 5 ingredients, broiled vegetables, and 1 tsp. salt to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, 35 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. Process with a handheld blender or in batches in a food processor or blender until smooth.

  3. Prepare Enchiladas: Shred 2 oz. Monterey Jack cheese to yield 1/2 cup. Cut remaining Monterey Jack cheese into 12 (4- x 1/2-inch) sticks.

  4. Spread 1 cup enchilada sauce in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated lightly with cooking spray. Spread a thin layer of sauce on 1 tortilla. Place 1/3 cup chicken and 1 Monterey Jack cheese stick on edge of tortilla, and roll tortilla. Place in baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas, chicken, and cheese sticks. Pour 2 1/2 cups sauce over tortillas. Chill remaining sauce for another use. Bake enchiladas at 375° for 30 minutes.

  5. Top enchiladas with shredded Cheddar and shredded Monterey Jack cheese; bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, combine avocado, next 2 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt; serve with enchiladas.