I love it when challenge recipes don’t need tweaking to make them gluten-free. Hooray for that! And while enchilada recipes are no stranger to this blog (see here, here, and here - yes, I realize not all are gluten-free…some of those are a long time ago!), I will admit I’ve never created a stacked enchilada recipe before. Now I can appreciate why some people choose to make enchiladas this way! It’s a) easier, and b) you get more of that lovely corn tortilla flavor in each bite. I’ll definitely try this recipe and other variations again.
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 www.finecooking.com and written by Robb Walsh. Of course, it doesn’t have to be Cinco de Mayo around here for us to enjoy enchiladas – they’re welcome any time.
I did make a few minor changes to the way the green chile sauce was made. I opted to roast the tomatillos alongside the chiles instead of boiling them. I felt this only added to that lovely roasted flavor. I also made it a bit easier on myself by placing not only the tomatillos in the food processor, but also the chiles, onion, oregano, and garlic, and just processed it all together to make the sauce. I also used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts, just because it was what I had on hand.
Next time I make this, I think I might opt for more chiles, or add a jalapeno or two, just because I love the heat. But these enchiladas were absolutely delicious, especially with the grilled chicken - my husband and I polished off the entire batch for dinner that night and lunch the next day.
Another challenge successfully completed!
Stacked Green Chile & Grilled Chicken Enchiladas
1 1/2 lbs fresh Anaheim chiles (or Hatch chiles, if you’re lucky enough to have them!)
8 oz tomatillos, husks removed
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped coarsely
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t black pepper
4 c chicken stock
2 T cornstarch
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 T olive oil, or more as needed
12 small corn tortillas
8 oz Monterey Jack, shredded
cilantro for garnish
Lay the chiles and husked tomatillos on a baking sheet lined with foil (this foil will make for MUCH easier clean-up). Place the baking sheet under the broiler and broil until chiles and tomatillos are blackened on all sides, turning every couple of minutes to ensure even browning. Remove and place the chiles in a large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to cool for 10 minutes or so.
Pull the stem and seed core from the chiles, and peel the skin from the chiles (the skin should come off easily, but if not, scrape it a bit). Place tomatillos, chiles, garlic, onion, and oregano in a food processor and process until no large chunks appear. Pour into a medium saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Make a slurry with cornstarch and a tablespoon or so of water, and add this slurry mixture to the sauce. Continue to simmer for another 10-15 minutes, until sauce has reduced to about 4-5 cups and is thickened. Adjust seasonings as needed.
While the sauce is simmering, heat grill to medium heat. Coat the chicken with olive oil and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Grill until just cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side. Allow to cool and chop finely.
In a small skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Using tongs, put a tortilla in the pan and cook until soft and lightly brown, about 15 seconds per side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining tortillas, adding additional oil as needed to the pan.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a baking dish large enough to hold 4 separate stacks of tortillas (I used a 13X9 baking dish, and my tortillas overlapped a bit – but it worked), ladle a thin layer of sauce. Lay 4 tortillas in the dish and ladle another 1/2 cup of sauce over them. Divide half the chicken among the first layer of tortillas, top with another 1/2 cup of sauce and 1/3 of the grated cheese. Stack another 4 tortillas, top with the rest of the chicken, more sauce and another 1/3 of the cheese. Finish with the rest of the tortillas, top with remaining sauce ( didn’t use all of my sauce) and cheese. Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is hot, melted, and bubbly. Let rest for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro.
Makes 4-6 servings.