Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Is there anything better than sour cream enchiladas? I just love this Tex Mex dish. It reminds me of a meal I like to order at my favorite Tex Mex restaurant, Chuy’s. Started in Austin, Texas, this (now crazy successful chain) restaurant is known for funky and flavorful twists on Tex Mex favorites. Their enchiladas and sauces are to die for! This recipe is easily just as good as my Chuy’s favorite.

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I know I promised sour cream enchiladas, but I actually have a secret ingredient that makes this recipe so much easier and better than any sour cream enchilada recipe out there!

Sour cream is not heat tolerant meaning that without special preparation and careful handling it will separate and ruin your dish. Creme fraiche (pronounced crehm fresh) is a very similar product that is heat tolerant. By using creme fraiche instead, you eliminate the possibility of your sauce separating and you save yourself a ton of steps in tempering the sour cream. Creme fraiche can be found at any supermarket.

In a bowl, mix together the creme fraiche, chicken stock, garlic, the juice of 1/2 a lime, green chilis, salt, and pepper.

If you don’t live in the southern U.S., you may not be able to find canned green chilis. You can substitute one chopped fresh jalapeno or a chopped fresh pablano pepper.

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Cover the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan with 1/4 of the sauce. Be sure the entire pan is coated to prevent the enchiladas sticking.

Mix together the shredded chicken and 1/2 cup of cheese.

Warm the corn tortillas in the microwave to soften them. If the tortillas are warm, it will help prevent them from cracking while rolling the enchiladas. You may only want to warm a few at a time to prevent them cooling off before you can get to them.

Enchiladas must must must  be made with corn tortillas. It is a fact of life. If a similar recipe uses flour tortillas, that recipe is not for enchiladas. If you want to make real enchiladas, you must use corn tortillas.

Fill each tortilla with a handful of the chicken and cheese mixture. Roll it up and place it in the pan. Continue with this process with the rest of the tortillas and chicken mixture.

Pour the rest of the sauce over the top of enchiladas. Spread it as evenly as you you can to cover all the enchiladas. Top with the rest of the cheese.

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Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until hot, bubbly, and slightly browned.

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Top with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of cilantro and serve!

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The world should be explored, one spoonful at a time.

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Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Makes 1 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups creme fraiche
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 7oz can chopped green chilis
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper, cooked, and shredded
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 16 corn tortillas
  • Cilantro for serving

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix together the creme fraiche, chicken stock, garlic, the juice of 1/2 a lime, green chilis, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cover the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan with 1/4 of the sauce. Be sure the entire pan is coated to prevent the enchiladas sticking.
  3. Mix together the shredded chicken and 1/2 cup of cheese.
  4. Warm the corn tortillas in the microwave to soften them. If the tortillas are warm, it will help prevent them from cracking while rolling the enchiladas. You may only want to warm a few at a time to prevent them cooling off before you can get to them.
  5. Fill each tortilla with a handful of the chicken and cheese mixture. Roll it up and place it in the pan. Continue with this process with the rest of the tortillas and chicken mixture.
  6. Pour the rest of the sauce over the top of enchiladas. Spread it as evenly as you you can to cover all the enchiladas. Top with the rest of the cheese.
  7. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until hot, bubbly, and slightly browned.
  8. Top with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of cilantro and serve!

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