Two Chile, Chicken and Cheesy Enchiladas

  • Prep Time : 25m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:25 h


  • 15 large tomatillos, outer paper skin and top stems removed then washed
  • 2 jalapenos, top stems removed
  • 2 poblano chiles, top stems removed
  • 8 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 yellow onions, quartered
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt, kosher
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ - ½ cup warm water
  • 2 cups Monterey jack cheese
  • 12 whole wheat flour tortillas, preferably corn and flour blend


Step 1

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While the oven warms up, peel and wash your tomatillos and remove the stem from the top.

Step 2

Place the tomatillos on a sheet tray along with the jalapenos, poblanos, garlic cloves and onion pieces. Drizzle with some of the olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and cumin.

Step 3

Place the chicken breasts in a small baking dish and squeeze the lime juice over the chicken, and then drizzle with a bit of olive oil and season with salt, pepper and cumin.

Step 4

Place the vegetables and chicken in the oven and roast both at the same time until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are browned and softened, about 35 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the chicken and vegetables from the oven and let cool slightly for 10 minutes. Once cool, shred the chicken using two forks and set the shredded meat aside in a small bowl.

Step 6

Next place all of the vegetables in a blender with the vinegar and blend to puree. If the mixture needs some liquid add warm water a little at a time, blending after each addition of water. Once a smooth salsa consistency is achieved pour this delicious green enchilada sauce in a shallow dish.

Step 7

To begin rolling the enchiladas, coat the bottom of a (11x13) glass casserole dish with a few ladles of the enchilada sauce to cover. Dip one tortilla into the enchilada sauce to coat completely then place on a plate and sprinkle the inside with a bit of shredded chicken and a bit of jack cheese, and then roll it tight and place it inside the casserole dish.

Step 8

Continue filling and rolling the enchiladas and layering them in the casserole dish until the dish is full and you’ve used all of your tortillas. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle a line of cheese down the center of the enchiladas.

Step 9

Bake these in the oven for 25 minutes just until they are warmed through and the sauce and cheese is bubbly on top.

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Daniella Malfitano is a Chef, traveler, and lover of all things food. You can hear Daniella every week on the syndicated radio program “On The House” which is broadcasted nationally by over 300 radio stations. In addition Daniella is the host of the television program “Delicious Discoveries with Daniella Malfitano” on the PBS network KIXE. Tune in each Saturday as she highlights the local farms, ranches, vineyards, orchards, markets and more throughout your hometown. She’ll lead you from the source to the main course and show you all of the local delights of your neighborhood through its food.

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