Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Enchiladas Redux

Every Tuesday I get to cook for anywhere from about 8 to 15 of some of our closest friends. (Plus any who come after dinner and raid our fridge for leftovers or sandwich fixings.) It's quite a different kind of cooking than the usual cooking for two I do with just Dre and I in our little home. We both love being a part of the KG and learning about God with them. Making dinner for them and sometimes with them is just an added bonus in the year or so since we started doing "KG Dinner" before our meeting starts at 7:30.

I posted this recipe a while back but it's oh so yummy and with the food processor Grandpa and Grandma gave me for Christmas last year it was easy to multiply for a larger group. It's made an easy new baby meal to bring and is just all around tasty. My allergy has increased my enjoyment of tasty, simple, flavorful food that can be enjoyed just as well without dairy. (This could be converted to gluten free easily too if you changed the sauce--or made your own--and used corn tortillas instead of flour.) Plus since I have a less significant allergy to tomatoes and enchilada sauce is traditionally made with peppers and not tomatoes it's even better for my little silly tummy.

Mom's Chicken Enchiladas (Eating for Life cookbook)


  • 4 portions chicken breast (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 3 cans (10 oz. each) green enchilada sauce (red if you prefer)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Boil chicken breasts.--Drain and cool but do not let them get too cold. While still warm shred chicken by pulling apart with two forks. Set aside. [This is when I put it in the food processor. When it's that much chicken, chopped is just as good as pulled.]
3. Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add green onion, cilantro, and jalapeño; saute for 2 minutes. Add shredded chicken and 1 can of enchilada sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. About 5 minutes.
4. Pour the 2 remaining cans of enchilada sauce into a medium bowl and microwave until warm, about 2 minutes. Dip each tortilla in the heated sauce and fill with about 1/8 of the chicken mixture. Roll up and place, seam side down, in the prepared baking dish.
5. Pour remaining heated sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until enchiladas are heated through and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes or less.

(Approximately 50 minutes. Creates 4 servings.)

Extra bonus of KG dinners? Miss TayTayBoomBoom makes dessert for us every week. I don't think I've made dessert since she joined the group after high school. It's a treat and something that everyone in our group has come to enjoy and expect when they see Taylor's face at the door.

Tay made a giant cookie with KG-memories written on it and also a pumpkin pie this week. She's the bomb.


Beth W. said...

Do you just eat it without the cheese? Where do you get all of your good dairy-free recipes?

Becca said...

Yeah for these I just eat without the cheese. My allergy is bad enough that even a speck of cheese would
"get me" so when I bake them I put mine surrounded by foil so nothing melts or touches it.
I'd say the majority of recipes I just alter either my portion or the whole thing to be dairy free by using oil instead of butter or leaving the cheese to be an option topping. If I'm looking for a way to do something particular DF I google. My favorite site (and cookbook) is GoDairyFree.org.

Hi Friend! :-)