Prepare to make the most epic enchiladas on the face of the earth…Chicken Enchiladas Verdes
Just based on my actions the last few weeks, I think it’s safe to say my new life goal is to order enchiladas every single time I see them on a menu. I’ve just been on an enchilada kick. And it’s all been part of some recent research and development on what makes the absolute perfect enchilada – and THIS IS IT. Chicken Enchiladas Verdes are by definition perfect.
The enchilada sauce is tangy and savory and smoky and only slightly spicy. The enchiladas are loaded with rotisserie chicken plus some spices and are wrapped in a flour tortilla. Now let’s just stop for a hot second, this might be up for debate, the whole flour vs. corn tortilla situation, but I’ve tested these various ways and the flour wins every time. It rolls better. It doesn’t fall apart or crack when baking. And it’s just downright delicious. So there, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the good stuff. Once the sauce is made, the enchiladas are stuffed, sprinkled with, not 1, but 2 kinds of cheese and baked, all that’s left is to top them with some slivered red onions, crema and some cilantro. In one word… perfection. Now go make these Enchiladas Verdes and come back and tell me if they in fact rocked your world!
Chicken Enchiladas Verdes
For the sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ onion quartered
- 1 poblano chile halved
- 2 pounds tomatillos about 20 medium, husks removed, rinsed
- 2 serrano chiles chopped
- 3 garlic cloves smashed
- 1 cup homemade chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Kosher salt
For the enchiladas
- ½ rotisserie chicken skin removed, meat shredded
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 8 6- inch flour tortillas
- 8 ounces shredded monterey jack cheese thinly shredded
- 2 ounces Cotija cheese finely grated for serving
- ½ cup crème fraîche
- 1 tablespoon milk or water
- ½ red onion thinly sliced
- fresh cilantro to garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Drizzle the olive oil over onion, poblano, and tomatillos on a baking sheet and roast until vegetables are soft and browned, 35–40 minutes. Let cool slightly before peeling the skin off the poblano. Transfer the mixture and any juices to a blender. Add serrano chiles, garlic, chicken stock, cilantro, and lime juice and purée until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, then season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Toss the chicken with the ground coriander, red pepper flakes, and ½ cup green sauce in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper .
- Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Working one at a time, fry tortilla, turning once, until just starting to brown and crisp, about 10 seconds per side. Transfer tortilla to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Dip both sides of each tortilla in green sauce just to coat, then transfer to a baking sheet. Spread 1 cup green sauce lengthwise down the center of a 13x9" baking dish. Working one at a time, spoon ¼ cup of the chicken mixture into the center of tortilla and fold one side over filling, then continue to roll enchilada up like a burrito. Place seam side down in prepared baking dish as you go, fitting them all in. Top with the remaining green sauce and then pile on the cheese. Bake until sauce is bubbling and cheese is beginning to brown, 20–25 minutes.
- While the enchiladas are baking, combine the crème fraîche and milk and season with salt.
- Serve enchiladas topped with cheese, a drizzle of crema, sliced onion and cilantro.