Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Enchiladas de Pollo ooo la la!

Last night I made some Chicken Enchiladas with Rice. It was a different kind of enchilada for me. For example, the corn tortillas were dunked in simmering water instead of frying. I liked that idea since it cut back on the fat. I had never used a tomatillo sauce before either and it actually tasted pretty good. It was spicy, but not too spicy. I can see how it was considered light compared to the other regular enchiladas made with a really creamy sauce and oodles of cheese. You don't really miss all the hoopla of the traditional style, or at least I didn't!

Enchiladas de Pollo (Chicken Enchiladas)

3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 black peppercorns
1 onion, quartered
1 bay leaf
1 pound skinless chicken breast halves
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup chopped onion

2/3 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (11-ounce) can tomatillos, drained
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained

Remaining ingredients:
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2/3 cup fat-free sour cream

To prepare filling, place first 6 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Remove chicken from cooking liquid; cool. Remove chicken from bones; shred with 2 forks. Discard bones. Reserve broth for another use.
Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine chicken, 1/2 cup each Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and 1/2 cup onion in a bowl; set aside.

To prepare sauce, place milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through chiles) in a food processor; process until smooth.

To prepare tortillas, fill a medium skillet with 1 inch of water; bring to a simmer. Dip 1 tortilla in water using tongs. Spoon 1/2 cup filling in center of tortilla; roll tightly, and place in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas and filling.

Pour sauce over enchiladas. Cover and bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with 1/4 cup each Monterey Jack and cheddar. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheeses melt. Top with sour cream.


Nic said...

Yum! This sounds great, Michelle. I love enchiladas.

crystal said...

Those look so pretty!

Michele said...

My mom has made enchiladas like this every since I can remember. Another quick and easy way to soften the tortillas is to wrap them in a damp paper towel and mocrowave for about 20 seconds. I do about 3 or 4 at a time.