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Mmmmmmexican Spices!
I just made something very delicious by being creative! I'd like to share it with you:


Now, the lazy way I make enchiladas is to buy a premade chicken at the store and use that, but they didn't have any today so I figured I'd just cook my own.

-Chicken Breast (1 lb)
-1 lime
-Black Pepper
-Garlic Salt
-Chili powder (I used ground up California Chili Peppers)
-Chicken Broth/Stock (low sodium)
-Tortillas (I have yet to learn how to make my own)
-Las Palmas brand Red Chili Sauce - or whatever brand you can find (not enchilada sauce, red chili sauce...they make both things...and I haven't learned how to make my own enchilada sauce yet so this has to do for now)
-Grated cheese (I use cheddar but whatever cheese you prefer is good as long as it melts well)


Put some oil into a frying pan. Not a lot, just enough to coat the bottom. Don't use olive oil as it has a low smoke point

Take chicken breasts and sprinkle LOTS of cumin, a couple pinches of chili powder, and some pepper (to preference) on them, then brown the breasts in the frying pan with the oil. Don't worry about cooking them all the way through. I'd say about 4-5 minutes on each size (depending on breast thickness) should do it. Mine were pretty thick.

In a separate pot, pour chicken stock and squeeze one whole lime into it. DON'T DISCARD THE LIME! Once you've juiced it, put it in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add garlic salt to broth (I used about 3 tsp I think). Add your browned chicken breasts to the pot, cover, let boil for a little while, I'd say about 5 minutes on high boil, then reduce the heat and let slow cook for awhile.

Here's where I don't know the specifics, you just gotta check the chicken. It should slow cook for awhile but it really doesn't take that long to cook in this case. You should be able to separate the chicken with a spatula and notice inside it's getting that nice stringy Mexican food looking chicken texture. Just make sure it's done, it should still be tender. Careful not to overboil it as it will make it tough and gross and like when my grandma cooks chicken in the microwave (yes she does and yes its gross). So poke it until its done i guess is the way to test it.

Let the chicken sit to soak up the juices for 5 minutes.

Take chicken out but DON'T DUMP THE BROTH! Take the chicken breasts and with 2 forks, shred the meat apart by pulling in opposite directions. Should get little chicken tendrils all over the place. Set aside.

In a casserole dish (a long one, not a square one, as this tends to make a lot), take the tortillas and put some shredded chicken in the middle, add shredded cheese, fold tortilla over itself wrapping the meat inside and lay in the casserole dish folded side down.

Once you've fit as many as you can in there, pour a can of the chile sauce in, then pour a little bit (not all) of your chicken broth mixture in on top, sprinkle with cheese.

Put in the oven just until the cheese is properly melted and everything is warm, as its all cooked so really it's just a heating up thing.



Current Location: San Bernardino
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pac From: pac Date: May 10th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
enchiladas are quite possibly one of my favorite foods evar (and so easy to make, sans the messiness)
mythos_amante From: mythos_amante Date: May 10th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
That's just BEAUTIFUL, Nicole! nomnomnom!~
arbeywolf From: arbeywolf Date: May 10th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
so hungry now!
Thanks for sharing your recipe :D
danielcoon From: danielcoon Date: May 10th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm hungry.

"little chicken tendrils..." :)

Do you leave the lime carcass in the broth the whole time?

Those are flour tortillas, right? Or the biggest corn tortillas in the universe?

Very cool tea pot. Copper?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 10th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
flour tortillas yes. I never see enchiladas done with corn tortillas but I should have specified. And yep, lime carcass stays in! Actually when we make chicken tagine we leave the lemon peel in and it gets all candied with chicken broth, raisin and olive brine, but thats for a longer cook time. Next time I make this I might do a slower low cook with the chicken and leave the lime in and see what happens. I was kind of hungry though so i went for something quicker.

And yeah my teapot is copper. It's an antique, I got it from a shop down the street. It's my steampunk kettle. It doesn't whistle..it rattles and bubbles over spewing steam from various holes in it. :D
danielcoon From: danielcoon Date: May 10th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. I've only had them with corn tortillas around here. We must be too close to Nebraska, or something.

Chicken Tagine... Isn't that another recipe that the world desperately needs? Please?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 10th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Certainly :) You'd have to ask Vannie though, it's in her cookbook. In fact, the whole damn cookbook is good. Its called "cover and bake". You need a dutch oven (or a tagine..dutch oven works) for that though.

The chili recipe in there is orgasmic. And considering I just came back from a chili cookoff, well..that chili in that book would pwn most of them.
sabarika From: sabarika Date: May 10th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
That looks fantastically delicious and I want it NOW. :<
I may print this recipe at work, heh.
From: windancer_ifus Date: May 10th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
*takes one off the pan and runs away with it*
Thanks for sharing <333
rainbow_xcore From: rainbow_xcore Date: May 10th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
" I hate when women pull the, I CREATE LIFE card "

Yes, i'm a chick, and I think that women have it VERY easy compared to men. Giving birth doesn't hurt, and periods don't hurt, either. Women just complain WAY too much. No woman could ever endure being a man. Seriously. I hate chicks ( yes, I am a chick ). Yeah, being a woman is easy, I feel SO bad for guys, they have it a lot harder than women. women = thundercunts.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 10th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Vaginas and Mexican food?

What does this have to do with enchiladas? Something tells me you intended to reply to my post on customers_suck. I'd rather keep discussion there if it pertains to that topic.
rainbow_xcore From: rainbow_xcore Date: May 10th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Vaginas and Mexican food?

I can't b/c a stupid cunt won't let me post there anymore. I just thought it was important that you understand that what I said, that's all. Yesss, females have it easy!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 10th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Vaginas and Mexican food?

Sorry you were banned, but I wouldn't say that at all. I don't think either sex has it easier than the other, I just don't think people should use gender as an excuse to be a douche. I appreciate your input but I don't appreciate dragging that conversation into this particular post. My email is in my info.

Hope you enjoy my recipe at any rate. Ciao.
rainbow_xcore From: rainbow_xcore Date: May 10th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Vaginas and Mexican food?

OK, i'm sorry, i'll stop talking in your journal. Sorry I was a twat : ( I didn't mean too and OK I agree with u i hate when chicks are like omg im on my period and its soo difficult but blah blah blah im srry i will stop talkin' in ur journal ok thanks bye : 8
shoomlah From: shoomlah Date: May 10th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Try making it with corn tortillas , each fried for about 5 seconds on each side in a pan of shallow oil... It can be most deelishus. Granted, I've never had an enchilada with flour tortillas, so I feel like I should try that as well. :P

I've been looking for a good way to make chicken suitable for enchiladas, so I'm going to try this out ASAP.

thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: May 10th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
every other way ive tried it is just too chunky for enchiladas, this worked out pretty okay!
panth From: panth Date: May 10th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Omg that sounds delicious! I'm going to have to try it next week!

doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: May 10th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow!!! I'll try do to prepare a good enchilada as soon as possible! =D They look fantastic ... :P (Mmmmmmh I'm hungry *Homer Simpson Voice*) ;) XD

Now I put a recipe on my LJ too, I had it in my archive for weeks because I'm lazy ;) ... but after reading this delicious post, I couldn't wait anymore.
(I'm curious to know other people's opinions, do you think that's possible to put together our recipes in a LJ community?) =)
phosx From: phosx Date: May 10th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those look delicious~
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