Chicken Chili Enchiladas with Cheddar Cheese & Jalapeño Pepper

Chicken Chili Enchiladas

with Cheddar Cheese & Jalapeño Pepper

50 MIN
4 Servings
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    We’re turning a favorite chili dish into irresistible enchiladas by wrapping flour tortillas around a filling of white beans, chicken, poblano peppers, and more.
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    Chicken Chili Enchiladas with Cheddar Cheese & Jalapeño Pepper
    Title
    • 18 oz Chopped Chicken Breast
    • 8 Flour Tortillas
    • ½ cup Long Grain White Rice
    • 1 15.5-Ounce Can Cannellini Beans
    • 2 Poblano Peppers
    • 2 Scallions
    • 1 Lime
    • ⅓ cup Chicken Bone Broth
    • 1 oz Sliced Pickled Jalapeño Pepper
    • ¼ cup Cream
    • ¼ cup Sour Cream
    • 4 oz White Cheddar Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
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    tips & techniques
    Cook the rice
    1 Cook the rice

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. In a small pot, combine the rice, spice blend, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water; stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and  the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. 

    Prepare the ingredients
    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Drain and rinse the beans. Zest the lime to get 1 tablespoon (or use the small side of a box grater). Quarter the lime. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Grate the cheese on the large side of a box grater. Cut out and discard the stems, ribs, and seeds of the poblano peppers, then medium dice. Roughly chop the jalapeño pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands and cutting board immediately after handling the peppers. 

    Cook the chicken & make the filling
    3 Cook the chicken & make the filling

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the diced poblano peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened and the chicken is cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a large bowl. Add the cooked rice, drained beans, sour cream, lime zest, and the juice of 3 lime wedges; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

    Make the sauce
    4 Make the sauce

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions and as much of the chopped jalapeño pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the broth (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly reduced in volume. Add the cream. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Turn off the heat and stir in the juice of the remaining lime wedge. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

    Make the enchiladas & serve your dish
    5 Make the enchiladas & serve your dish

    Place the tortillas on a work surface. Evenly spread about 2 cups of the filling into the bottom of a baking dish. Divide the remaining filling among the tortillas. Tightly roll up each tortilla around the filling. Carefully transfer to the baking dish in a single layer, seam side down. Evenly top with the sauce and grated cheese; season with salt and pepper.Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and let stand at least 2 minutes before serving. Serve the baked enchiladas garnished with the sliced green tops  of the scallions. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Cook the rice
    1 Cook the rice

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. In a small pot, combine the rice, spice blend, a big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water; stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and  the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. 

    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Drain and rinse the beans. Zest the lime to get 1 tablespoon (or use the small side of a box grater). Quarter the lime. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Grate the cheese on the large side of a box grater. Cut out and discard the stems, ribs, and seeds of the poblano peppers, then medium dice. Roughly chop the jalapeño pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands and cutting board immediately after handling the peppers. 

    Prepare the ingredients
    Cook the chicken & make the filling
    3 Cook the chicken & make the filling

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the diced poblano peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened and the chicken is cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a large bowl. Add the cooked rice, drained beans, sour cream, lime zest, and the juice of 3 lime wedges; season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

    4 Make the sauce

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions and as much of the chopped jalapeño pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the broth (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly reduced in volume. Add the cream. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Turn off the heat and stir in the juice of the remaining lime wedge. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

    Make the sauce
    Make the enchiladas & serve your dish
    5 Make the enchiladas & serve your dish

    Place the tortillas on a work surface. Evenly spread about 2 cups of the filling into the bottom of a baking dish. Divide the remaining filling among the tortillas. Tightly roll up each tortilla around the filling. Carefully transfer to the baking dish in a single layer, seam side down. Evenly top with the sauce and grated cheese; season with salt and pepper.Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and let stand at least 2 minutes before serving. Serve the baked enchiladas garnished with the sliced green tops  of the scallions. Enjoy!

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