2 cups shredded cooked chicken (we used breast meat)
8 oz. (2 cups) shredded hot pepper cheese or Monterey Jack cheese (we used Pepper Jack cheese)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas, warmed
Take 1 cup of the tomatillo salsa and spread it out over the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Add the following ingredients to a large mixing bowl, stirring to combine: chicken, 1 cup of cheese, 1 cup of the tomatillo salsa, green onions, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Take 2 heaping tablespoons of the chicken mixture and place it down the center of a tortilla, rolling the tortilla up and placing it in the baking dish afterwards. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Once all your rolled-up tortillas are in the baking dish, spread 1/2 cup of the salsa over them, putting a cover on the baking dish before it gets placed in the oven.
Cook for 30 to 35 minutes in the oven or until the enchiladas are heated throughout. Take the baking dish out long enough to add on the rest of the salsa and cheese, placing it back in the oven for an extra 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
We really enjoyed eating this. We would suggest keeping all the seeds in the serranos for the salsa though ’cause we didn’t get the heat nearly as much in the enchiladas as we did when we were just eating the salsa with chips. You do still get the brightness of the salsa though. Combine that with the cheese and meaty filling, you have a delicious dish. These enchiladas are pretty easy to make and depending on the amount of people you’re serving, could last you two days or more !
3 serrano chile peppers, seeded, chopped (we cut the serranos lengthwise in half, only threw away half of the seeds and minced the peppers afterwards)
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt (we used table salt)
Chips, for serving
Peel the husks off the tomatillos, rinsing the tomatillos off afterwards. Take a large saucepan and add the tomatillos to it, pouring enough water in to cover the tomatillos (our tomatillos started floating so we never truly got to “cover” them). Set the saucepan over high enough heat for boiling to occur (we went with medium-high heat). Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium, putting a lid on the saucepan next. Let the tomatillos cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until they’re soft, transferring them to either a food processor with a metal blade or a blender (we used a blender).
Pulse the tomatillos just until they look smooth. Place the tomatillos in a large mixing bowl with the other ingredients, stirring to combine.
Oh man, this salsa tastes so good ! The tomatillos and lime juice bring a bright acidity to the salsa but you still get a nice heat from the serranos. The onion brings a crunch and a bit of sharp flavor, which contrasts to the smooth tomatillos. This salsa is called for in a chicken enchilada recipe we’ll be making that should end up being delicious if this salsa is any indication !
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
Preheat your broil (the recipe never says to, but we’d recommend moving your oven rack up one from the middle). Take a rimmed baking sheet and spray it with nonstick cooking spray (we lined our baking sheet with aluminum foil and then sprayed the foil with nonstick cooking spray).
Cut the tomatillos and poblano in half, placing them on the baking sheet (cut-side down) afterwards. Stick them in the oven to broil for 5 minutes or until they are soft and look slightly charred (the original recipe does mention that you may need to remove some pieces before others). Once soft and slightly charred, take them out of the oven an off the baking sheet so they can cool down to room temperature.
Take the lid off your food processor and add to it the tomatillos, poblano, onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse or process just long enough for the vegetables to get chopped and the salsa becomes slightly liquid. Put the salsa in a container, put the lid on it and let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours to get cold. If the salsa is stored in an airtight container it can last for up to a week.
This salsa is like chili, good the first day but even better the second !
This recipe came from a Paula Deen magazine.
We weren’t paid in any form to promote Paula Deen’s magazine.