Thursday, April 29, 2010

Honey Lime Enchiladas

It was my turn to host our girls lunch yesterday. I can't believe we have managed to have lunch every Wednesday since school started except I think once when everyone had the flu. It is the high point of my week, these amazing women are helping me be a better woman not to mention the help they are giving me raising my kids. So I made Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas. I saw this recipe on Good Things Utah, I think it was actually a food blogger that was demoing it. I have to post it so I won't lose it. •1/3 cup honey
•1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 large limes)
•2 teaspoons to 1 Tablespoon chili powder
•2 large cloves of garlic, finely minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
•1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large breasts), cooked and shredded
•12 corn tortillas
•2 cups of Mexican cheese blend, shredded (1 small bag usually is 2 cups)
•1 14-oz can of green enchilada sauce (mild or medium, to your taste)
•1/2 to 3/4 cup of heavy cream
•nonstick cooking spray
•1 Tablespoon of chopped cilantro, to garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the cooked and shredded chicken in a medium sized bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl, place the honey, lime juice, chili powder and minced garlic or garlic powder. Whisk together thoroughly to combine. Pour this mixture over the chicken and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to marinate while you prepare the tortillas, 30 minutes or up to 1 hour, in the refrigerator.

Heat a large griddle till a drop of water skitters across (about 350 degrees F). Spray the surface with non-stick cooking spray or a oil it with a little bit of canola oil in between each round of tortillas. Heat tortillas about 20 seconds on each side till warm and flexible and some golden brown spots have appeared. Remove the tortillas from the griddle and keep them between a couple of paper towels until ready to use.

Spray the sides and bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish lightly with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl combine the enchilada sauce and the heavy cream. Spread about 1/2 cup of the mixture in the bottom of the oiled baking dish.
Add a large spoonful (about 2 tablespoons) of the chicken mixture to the center of each tortilla in a line. Cover the chicken with a large tablespoon (or big pinch) of cheese, then roll the tortilla up from one side to make a rolled enchilada - it will be more of an over lap on the seam side that rolled tightly. Place the enchilada seam side down in the baking dish starting at one end with the long edge parallel to the longest side of the pan so that you end up with two columns of six enchiladas each.

Repeat with the remaining chicken, cheese and tortillas. You will use about 1 1/2 cups of the cheese for the filling and set the remainder aside for topping the enchiladas in the pan. Add the remaining marinade mixture to the enchilada sauce and cream mixture, if desired. Pour this mixture over the top of all the enchiladas. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake the enchiladas for 30 to 35 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly and starting to brown on top. Serve with sour cream, black beans, and rice or a green salad for a great meal. I made them the day ahead and it worked great.
This is my other favorite part of Wednesday lunch. The kids. None of these are actually mine because Josh was too busy running around with the boys, it is his favorite day of the week too. These girls make me so happy playing with Brittany's old dolls. Oh and that is an actual baby there in the red, we have a few of those-another fun thing about Wednesday lunch!


Circe said...

It was delish! thanks for hosting!

Sarah Smiles said...

It looks and sounds delicious! I will have to try it.

T's Daily Treasures said...

This sounds delicious. I don't eat anymore but I am sure my family will love it. I don't cook meat items for them often anymore. Your framed sampler turned out beautiful and matches perfectly in that little spot you placed it. How are your granny squares coming along? Still on my list of things to do. :) I have a very long list. Right now I need to think about cleaning before I can do anything else. Looks like you live in a lovely area with wide open spaces for the kids to play. I miss that for my kids. Have a wonderful weekend! Tammy

vivian said...

OH youve made me hungry.. gotta go pack my lunch for work now!
have a great weekend!