PW Wednesdays ~ White Chicken Enchiladas

Clearly we love our Mexican food. I wouldn’t be shocked if there were another Mexican dish tucked away in the cookbook somewhere. If there is, one of us is sure to find it. This round was Tina’s pick, Ree’s white chicken enchiladas.

We all knew going into this that there would probably need to be some adjusting. The recipes thus far have all been over the top in one way or another, some good and some just… not necessary? Everyone has their own preference when it comes to amounts and flavors though so I’m not saying it was wrong. I did make a bunch of adjustments to suit our preferences more though. I cut my ingredients basically in half and went from there.

We’re not crazy about paprika so I played around with the flavors I felt needed to be present in a Mexican dish. It needed a kick, so cayenne was necessary. Along with the cayenne, to the chicken I also added in a dash of salt, pepper and both onion and garlic powder. This gave it just the slight kick and flavor it needed. Paprika alone certainly wouldn’t have sufficed. In addition to seasoning the chicken, I seasoned the veggies a bit with salt and pepper as they sautéed.

Outside of some seasoning adjustments and reducing quantities, the biggest change was eliminating steps. The original recipe called for quite a lengthy preparation. I imagine enchiladas to be easy and fairly quick, so 30 minutes to rest charred peppers was not on my to-do list.

Overall, this dish was tasty but hasn’t been my favorite. The sautéed peppers infused the seasoned and shredded chicken with a nice, but light flavor. It shined through even after baking. These were topped off with a creamy mixture and additional shredded cheese, for good measure of course. Perfect for a a buffet when you want to try a little bit of everything. Serve this up with salsa, sour cream and other flavorful Mexican dishes.

A few notes:
-Cut the original recipe at least in half, especially if only serving a few people. It was more than enough for us.
-Adjust seasonings to your liking. I think all Mexican food should have a kick, if you don’t like spicy food then stick to just paprika.
-Instead of grilling or broiling and then resting my peppers for 30 minutes, I chopped them and sautéed along with the onion and jalapeño.
-Speaking of onion and jalapeño…and peppers… I reduced those to 1/4 onion, 1 jalapeño and 1/3 each of the bell peppers. I wanted more chicken and less pepper but the pepper flavor still shined through nicely. Not at all too peppery, just right.

-Use a large cookie scoop to portion out your filling. Works great.
-I used two pans but you could easily use just one if you’re willing to make your sauce in the same pan as your chicken. Remove the chicken to a separate bowl, fill your enchiladas and then make the sauce. Time consuming either way but less messy, maybe?
-I didn’t even use all of my cheesy, creamy, chicken stock mixture… maybe 2/3. From hearing how saucy and goopy it could have been, I’m glad I  stopped when I did.

And one last super awesome note…

Did you know that you could perfectly shred a chicken breast … WITH YOUR STAND MIXER?! I wish I’d found out about this sooner. No, I wish I’d tried it out the moment I heard about it. I first learned about this easily many months back, or more and honestly never thought much of it. Someone should have insisted I try it right then and there. I kept slaving away shredding my chicken by hand. When I was preparing my ingredients for this recipe (the day before, because thats sometimes how I roll… especially when there are children running a mock and 100 steps to the recipe) I found myself with chicken ready to be shredded and lil man wanting to be held. What was a girl to do?!

Oh there sat my pretty stand mixer just waiting to be used. Oh fine! I figured it was worth a shot. Tossed my chicken in and turned that baby on, starting out low and increasing the speed as the chicken broke apart more. Uhm hello perfectly shredded chicken. Never again by hand. Never again. Do it. Trust me. Now, not later. Don’t argue… the next time you want or need or desire shredded chicken (or maybe even pork or beef?!), toss it in your mixer and let that baby do all of the work for you.

Be sure to check out what the other girls thought of this recipe:
Running To The Kitchen
Wanna Be A Country Cleaver
Table For Two Blog

For the complete recipe, stop by Tina’s:
My Life As A Mrs

In case you missed any of the previous PW Wednesday posts:
Week 1: Fried Tacos
Week 2: Mushroom Sliders with Spicy Fry Sauce
Week 3: Carnitas Pizza
Week 4: Breakfast Pizza

PS. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway over here for a Sprinkle Bakes cookbook! Giveaway is open through May 31st, 2012.

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