Cook This: Chicken Enchiladas

I was getting bored with my usual recipes, so we ordered Blue Apron (not an ad, just a fan and sharing with you) this week and this chicken, black bean and kale enchilada recipe was a solid ten. With this said, here is the recipe and steps. 

  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • ½ cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 15-Ounce Can Black Beans
  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese
  • ⅓ cup Cilantro Sauce (chopped cilantro, olive oil and lime)
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
1) Cook & chop the chicken:

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 450°F. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with salt, pepper, and half the spice blend. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken. Cook 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop, then transfer to a large bowl.

Make the kale rice:

2) Make the kale rice:

While the chicken cooks, wash and dry the kale. Separate the leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then thinly slice the leaves. In a medium pot, combine the riceremaining spice blenda big pinch of salt, and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, place the sliced kale on top of the rice. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and stir to combine.

3) Prepare the remaining ingredients & make the sauce:

While the rice and kale cook, drain and rinse the beans. Grate the cheddar on the large side of a box grater. In a bowl, combine the cilantro sauce and half the sour cream. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the filling & assemble the enchiladas:

4) Make the filling & assemble the enchiladas:

To the bowl of chopped chicken, add the kale ricebeanscotijaremaining sour cream, and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Place the tortillas on a work surface. Spread about 2 cups of the filling into the bottom of a baking dish. Divide the remaining filling among the tortillas; tightly roll up each tortilla around the filling. Transfer to the baking dish in a single layer, seam side down.

Bake the enchiladas & serve your dish:

5) Bake the enchiladas & serve your dish:

Evenly top the enchiladas with the sauce and grated cheddar; season with salt and pepper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and let stand at least 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy! 

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