One of my most favorite resources for recipes is America’s Test Kitchen. I love how they find the best possible way to make a dish by testing it over and over again with different ingredients and different methods until they find the best possible combination of taste, texture, etc. for a perfectly foolproof recipe. Their website says they test each recipe between 30 and 70 times! They also test kitchen tools, food products, and kitchen appliances and rate them so you can make informed decisions. So, of course, I was super excited to try the America’s Test Kitchen Chicken Enchiladas recipe.
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America’s Test Kitchen has cookbooks, a magazine, a TV show, an online cooking school and a membership site that allows you to access all of their content. I had originally purchased the America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook, but that doesn’t seem to be as available anymore, though you can get it used. The America’s Test Kitchen Chicken Enchiladas recipe I am about to share with you came from that book, but I do wonder if they included it in their new TV Show Cookbook.
There is a little bit of effort involved ahead of time prepping this recipe because you have to cook and shred the chicken, but then you can clean up while the enchiladas cook in the oven.
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Once you have the chicken ready, you can prep the tortillas.
Add the filling and roll.
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Cover with sauce and cheese.
Whew, finally you get to enjoy the world’s most perfect enchilada recipe.
Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts trimmed & pounded if necessary
- Salt & pepper
- 2 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce store bought or from scratch
- 1 cup finely crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese
- 1 4 oz. can of green chiles
- 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
- 12 6-inch soft corn tortillas
- Olive oil spray or you can use olive oil in a little bowl with a brush
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Lime wedges optional
- Sour cream optional
- Preheat oven to 350. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
- Combine the chicken and enchilada sauce in a medium saucepan & simmer for 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat. Then flip the chicken over, cover and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until chicken reaches 160-165 degrees with an instant-read thermometer.
- Remove chicken from pan and shred into bite-sized pieces. Combine shredded chicken, 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce, queso fresco, chiles and cilantro in a bowl. Add salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm.
- Lightly coat both sides of 6 tortillas with vegetable oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake until tortillas are soft & pliable, about 2 to 4 minutes.
- Quickly place tortillas on a flat surface and place 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture into each one. Tightly roll each tortilla around the chicken and place in a 9x13 baking dish. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining 6 tortillas.
- Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Pour 1 more cup of enchilada sauce over the tortillas and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Cover with foil and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 3 to 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
- Serve with remaining enchilada sauce, optional lime wedges and optional sour cream.
To make ahead, complete through step 5, cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for up to 2 days. Begin with step 6 when ready to cooking but do not cover. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until warm.
Nutrition information may vary depending upon type of enchilada sauce used.
This recipe turned out really good. I forgot the green chiles on the shopping list so I added some chili powder, but it still could have used a bit more kick. We also used canned MILD enchilada sauce, I think next time I am going to try and make the sauce from scratch and cook the chicken in the crock pot all day to make it easier to shred. Everyone liked this dish. My kids each ate 3 enchiladas! We will definitely be making this again.
Note that this is easily a gluten free recipe provided you check your ingredients. Most corn tortillas are technically gluten free, but read the labels to be sure.