Friday, May 14, 2010

Buenos Dias - I'm Baaaack!

And what a way to kick off my return to the blogging world, but with a spicy dish (and I am not referring to my husband) from the world of the Daring Cooks - Stacked Green Chile and Grilled Chicken Enchiladas.

Our hosts this month, Barbara of Barbara Bakes and Bunnee of Anna+Food have chosen a delicious Stacked Green Chile & Grilled Chicken Enchilada recipe in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! The recipe, featuring a homemade enchilada sauce was found on and written by Robb Walsh.

Now, if you are wondering where I have been - just check out my other blog Admiring Avery to meet the new addition to our family. I am completely out numbered now - three to one. But, as my sister says, I am the one and only Queen of the Castle. So, now with a household full of hungry boys, you know I'll be cooking up a storm, and hopefully posting all of my adventures.

As you can see, I have a brand new helper these days. Avery has really taken to helping me in the kitchen. My favourite part? He even does the dishes! Although, to be honest (and I would never tell him this), he usually makes more mess than he cleans up. But he's having fun and we are spending 'mommy and son' time together, so it's more than worth it.

Anyway, back to the real story behind this post - the yumminess that is the Stacked Enchilada. I decided to make this dish for my parents, who graciously offered to take care of the kids so the hubbie and I could go out and celebrate his birthday. My mother, who can be quite picky when it comes to food, loves Mexican, so I thought this one would be a hit for sure. However, she doesn't deal with spice very well, so I didn't add quite as much of the chiles as suggested.

I had a difficult time finding the tomatillos and had to go to several shops until I could buy some. It was definitely worth the trouble because the finished sauce was out of this world.

The recipe was quite easy on the whole; the most time consuming was finding the ingredients. I used my charcoal grill to roast the chiles, which gave them a wonderfully smokey flavour. I assembled the enchilada in my trusty le Crueset because I thought it evoked the feeling of old Spanish stoneware. I think it worked ;)

On the whole, I absolutely loved this challenge. The meal was such a success, my parents begged me to send them the recipe. And I am so happy to be back into the swing of things. So, until next time...

Stacked Green Chile and Grilled Chicken Enchiladas


1½ pounds Fresh Anaheim chiles (about eight 6 to 8 inch chiles) 24 ounces 678 grams - roast, peel, remove seeds, chop coarsely. Other green chiles (NOT bell peppers) could probably be substituted but be conscious of heat and size!)
7-8 ounces Tomatillos (about 4-5 medium)212 grams - peel, remove stems
4 cups Chicken broth (32 ounces/920 grams)
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 teaspoons yellow onion, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ tsp Kosher salt (add more to taste)
¼ tsp Black Pepper (add more to taste)
2 tablespoons Cornstarch (dissolve in 2 tablespoons water, for thickening)
Hot sauce, your favorite, optional
2 Boneless chicken breasts (you can also use bone-in chicken breasts or thighs)
3 tablespoons Olive oil or other neutral vegetable oil (use more as needed)
Kosher salt and pepper
12 Small Corn tortillas (5-6 inch/13-15 cm). (you can also use wheat tortillas or other wraps)
6 ounces grated Monterey Jack, 170 grams (other cheeses (cheddar, pepper jack, Mexican cheeses) can be used. Just be sure they melt well and complement the filling)
Cilantro for garnish, chopped and sprinkled optional


Roasting Fresh Chiles

1. Coat each chile with a little vegetable oil. If you are doing only a couple chiles, using the gas stove works. For larger batches (as in this recipe), grilling or broiling is faster.
2. Lay the oiled chiles on the grill or baking sheet (line pan with foil for simpler clean-up). Place the grill or broil close to the element, turning the chiles so they char evenly. They should be black and blistered.
3. As they are completely charred (they will probably not all be done at once), remove them to a bowl and cover with plastic, or close up in a paper bag. Let them rest until they are cool.
4. Pull on the stem and the seed core MAY pop out (it rarely does for me). Open the chile and remove the seeds. Turn the chile skin side up and with a paring knife, scrape away the skin. Sometimes it just pulls right off, sometimes you really have to scrape it.

Green Chile Sauce

1. Put a medium saucepan of water on to boil and remove the papery outer skin from the tomatillos. Boil the tomatillos until soft, 5 to 10 minutes. You can also grill the tomatillos until soft.
2. Drain and puree in a blender or food processor.
3. Return the tomatillos to the saucepan along with the chicken broth, chopped green chiles, minced onion, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.
4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Add the cornstarch/water mixture and stir well. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened and reduced to 4-5 cups, another 10-15 minutes.
6. Adjust seasonings and add hot sauce if you want a little more heat.

Stacked Green Chile and Grilled Chicken Enchiladas

1. Heat a gas grill to medium high or build a medium-hot charcoal Coat the chicken with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Grill the chicken until just cooked through, 4-5 minutes a side for boneless chicken breasts.
3. Cool and then slice into thin strips or shred.
4. In a small skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until very hot. Dip the edge of a tortilla into the oil to check – it should sizzle immediately.
5. Using tongs, put a tortilla into the pan and cook until soft and lightly brown on each side, about 15-20 seconds per side (at the most).
6. Drain on paper towels.
7. Add oil as needed and continue until all 12 tortillas are done.
8. In a baking dish large enough to hold four separate stacks of tortillas, ladle a thin layer of sauce.
9. Lay four tortillas in the dish and ladle another ½ cup (4 ounces/112 grams) of sauce over the tortillas.
10. Divide half the chicken among the first layer of tortillas, top with another ½ cup of sauce and 1/3 of the grated cheese.
11. Stack another four tortillas, top with the rest of the chicken, more sauce and another third of the cheese.
12. Finish with the third tortilla, topped with the remaining sauce and cheese.
13. Bake until the sauce has thickened and the cheese melted, about 20 minutes. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
14. To serve, transfer each stack to a plate. Spoon any leftover sauce over the stacks and sprinkle with cilantro, if you wish. The stacks may also be cooked in individual gratin dishes.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your new addition to the family. He looks so cute! And, good job on the challenge!

Barbara Bakes said...

Congratulations! I am out numbered at my house too. So glad you loved the sauce. Welcome back!

shelley c. said...

Congratulations on the new addition. Love your kitchen helper. Mine is four and also loves to "wash dishes" - hey, keeps her busy and her hands clean, right? LOL. Great job on the enchilada stack - it looks absolutely delicious, and I am glad it was such a hit!! Welcome back and excellent job!

Audax said...

Congratulations on the new addition to the family. Is it so much fun to cook with children (even if they make more mess than normal) and your sous chef is so adorable. The final dish looks so tasty and delicious and it sounds like it was a hit with the family also (asking for the recipe is a sure sigh I feel). Superb effort on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

LittleRed said...

Your challenge looks delicious! We also loved the kid friendliness of the challenge as it did not turn out to be overly spicy.