Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy, tangy, and filling, these Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are an awesome comforting weeknight dinner. Whether you cook a couple of chicken breasts up quickly in a skillet, or use pre-cooked chicken like rotisserie chicken or canned chicken breast, this recipe comes together easily. I smothered these chicken enchiladas with a really quick homemade green chile sauce that only takes about 10 minutes to make, and has a LOT more flavor than store bought canned enchilada sauce, so try not to skip it if you can!

Chicken Options

I cooked up a couple of chicken breasts in a skillet for these enchiladas (instructions included in the recipe below), but you can take a short cut by using rotisserie chicken or canned chicken breast, if you want to make this recipe even easier. You’ll need about 2 cups of chopped cooked and cooled chicken for the enchilada filling. 

Can I Add More Vegetables?

Yes, you can add more vegetables to the enchilada filling, if you’d like. Since you’ll be adding more volume, I suggest either making more enchiladas (maybe 16 enchiladas) or reducing the meat by half to make up for the added vegetables. Vegetables that would go good in these green chile chicken enchiladas include: zucchini (sautéed first to remove moisture), spinach (chopped and sautéed or frozen, thawed), or frozen corn (thawed). 

Or you can just add a bunch of vegetables as you side dish to get your balance. 😉

What to Serve with Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

There are so many great side dishes that would go with these enchiladas. Try one of the following:

  • Charred Corn and Zucchini Salad
  • Cumin Lime Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Quick Seasoned Black Beans
  • Warm Corn and Avocado Salad
  • Cumin Lime Coleslaw
  • Cucumber Black Bean Salad

Are These Enchiladas Spicy?

I would consider these enchiladas “medium” spicy. I used pepper jack cheese, which has spicy peppers, as well as a little cayenne pepper in the filling. If your canned green chiles (used to make the enchilada sauce) are spicy as well, your enchiladas will be more on the spicy side.

If you want to make these enchiladas mild, simply swap out the pepper jack cheese for Monterey Jack, skip the cayenne pepper in the filling, and make sure you use mild canned green chiles.

Close up overhead view of green chile chicken enchiladas in a casserole dish

 
front view of green chile chicken enchiladas in the casserole dish

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

A creamy, cheesy chicken filling inside toasted corn tortillas, smothered with a homemade sauce makes these green chile chicken enchiladas to die for!
Total Cost $11.32 recipe / $1.89 serving
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 2 enchiladas each
Calories 434.9kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Nonstick Fry Pans
  • Color Cutting Boards
  • Chef’s Knife

Ingredients

Enchiladas

  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas $0.68
  • 1/2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.02
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast* $6.43
  • 1/2 cup sour cream $0.22
  • 8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded and divided $1.69
  • 2 green onions, sliced $0.20
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper $0.03
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin $0.05
  • ½ tsp salt $0.02

Green Chile Enchilada Sauce

  • 2 4oz. cans diced green chiles $1.58
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.16
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02
  • 1 tsp ground cumin $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder $0.02
  • 1 cup water $0.00
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02

Instructions

  • heat a large skillet over medium-high. Once hot, toast the tortillas for 30-60 seconds on each side, or until browned on the edges (no oil needed). Stack the toasted tortillas on a plate and cover with foil or an upside down bowl to keep them from drying out.
  • Turn the heat under the skillet down to medium, add the cooking oil, and swirl to coat the surface. Add the chicken breast and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through (165ºF internal temperature). Transfer the chicken breast to a clean cutting board to cool.
  • While the chicken is cooking, begin the green chile enchilada sauce. Add both cans of diced green chiles (with liquid) to a blender and purée until smooth.
  • Add the cooking oil, flour, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder to a small sauce pot. Stir and cook over medium, allowing the mixture to come up to a bubble. Once bubbling, continue to cook and stir for 1 minute.
  • Carefully add the water and puréed green chiles to the sauce pot and whisk to combine. Allow the sauce to come back up to a simmer, stirring often. Once simmering, turn off the heat, and season with salt (about ½ tsp). Set the sauce aside.
  • Begin preheating the oven to 350ºF. Add the sour cream, half of the shredded pepper jack, sliced green onions, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne and salt to a large bowl. Finely dice the chicken, then add it to the bowl with the other ingredients. Stir until everything is well combined.
  • Begin assembling the enchiladas. Add about ¼ cup of the prepared filling to the center of each tortilla and then roll it closed. Place the filled tortillas in a casserole dish, seam side down.
  • Pour the prepared green chile enchilada sauce over the enchiladas, then top with the remaining shredded pepper jack cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling around the edges. Serve hot.

Notes

*You can use pre-cooked chicken, if preferred. This price reflects organic chicken breasts.

Nutrition

Serving: 2enchiladas | Calories: 434.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.7g | Protein: 29.27g | Fat: 24.67g | Sodium: 958.02mg | Fiber: 4.08g

Scroll down for the step by step photos!

front view of green chile chicken enchiladas in the casserole dish

How to Make Green Chile Enchiladas – Step by Step Photos

two stacks of corn tortillas, one toasted, one untoasted

Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Once hot, add the tortillas and toast on each side for 30-60 seconds or until browned (no oil needed). Place the toasted tortillas on a plate and cover with foil or an upside down bowl to keep them from drying out.

Cooked Chicken in a skillet

Turn the heat under the skillet down to medium. Add ½ Tbsp cooking oil to the hot skillet and swirl to coat. Add two boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through (165ºF internal temperature). Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean cutting board to cool.

Pureed green chiles in the blender

While the chicken is cooking, begin the green chile enchilada sauce. Purée two 4oz. cans of diced green chiles (with the liquid from the can) in a blender.

Oil, flour, and spices in a sauce pot

Add 2 Tbsp cooking oil, 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp garlic powder, and ½ tsp onion powder to a sauce pot. Cook and stir over medium until it begins to bubble. Once bubbling, continue to cook and stir for one minute.

A spoon dipping into the thickened enchilada sauce

Add 1 cup water and the puréed green chiles. Whisk to combine, then allow it to come back up to a simmer (stirring frequently). Once simmering it will thicken slightly. Season with salt (about ½ tsp), then set the sauce aside.

Chopped chicken on a cutting board

Finely chop the cooked chicken.

chicken enchilada filling ingredients in a bowl, not mixed.

Begin preheating the oven to 350ºF. Add ½ cup sour cream, 4oz. shredded pepper jack (1 cup), 2 sliced green onions, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp cayenne, ½ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp salt, and the chopped chicken to a bowl. Stir to combine.

chicken filling in one tortilla, the bowl and casserole dish in the background

Begin assembling the chicken enchiladas. Add about ¼ cup filling to each toasted tortilla, then roll closed. Place the filled tortillas in a casserole dish, seam side down.

Green chile enchilada sauce being poured over enchiladas.

Pour the prepared green chile enchilada sauce over the enchiladas.

Top enchiladas with pepper jack cheese

Top with the remaining 4oz. (1 cup) shredded pepper jack cheese. 

Baked green chile chicken enchialdas topped with cilantro

Bake the enchiladas in the preheated 350ºF oven for 30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling around the edges. (I garnished with chopped cilantro, but it’s not really needed for flavor). 

Side view of the casserole dish full of green chile chicken enchiladas

Serve hot! Side dish recommendations in the blog post above the recipe! 🙂

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Caprese Sandwich with Basil Pesto

A Caprese Sandwich with Basil Pesto is a thick ciabatta bread stuffed with layers of tomato, mozzarella, and fresh pesto.  Add a drizzle of a balsamic glaze and you will have a homemade sandwich that is better than anything you could buy at a restaurant!

The Caprese pairing of mozzarella, tomato, and basil is so amazing you will want to make it again and again.  Try Caprese Skewers for a great appetizer version!

Caprese Sandwich with Basil Pesto

This caprese sandwich is a perfect twist on the caprese salad.  The soft chewy bread that is coated in fresh pesto is the perfect platform for the sweet tomato and mozzarella.  Each bite delivers juicy tomato and tangy balsamic dressing.  The nutty flavors from the pesto balance out the flavors perfectly!

Best of all, this caprese sandwich is easy to make and take!  It takes just minutes to prepare and is the perfect picnic food.  Wrap it tightly in sandwich wrap or aluminum foil and pack it for a beautiful lunch outside.  It is so light but filling and is a homemade lunch your whole family will go crazy over!

What do I Need to Make a Caprese Sandwich?

A made from scratch pesto will make a huge difference in the finished sandwich.  The pesto will soak into the bread and create the perfect moist texture.  To learn how to make the best pesto check out my homemade pesto recipe!

Basil Pesto

  • Basil: The main source of flavor so choose fresh, green basil leaves.
  • Parmesan: Freshly grated for the most flavor.
  • Garlic: We love garlic so 3 cloves works well for us.  However, if you aren’t as into a garlic flavor, start with less and add more in as you taste it.  Overall, you want the flavor of the pesto to be balanced between all the flavors.
  • Pine Nuts: Great nutty flavor! Swap for walnuts if you prefer.
  • Olive Oil: Use a high quality extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor!

Sandwich:

  • Tomato: Slice to 1/4 inch thick, then layer with mozzarella slices.
  • Mozzarella Cheese Slices: Lay cheese directly on pesto before adding tomatoes.
  • Ciabatta Buns: Or bread of your choice.
  • Balsamic glaze: Drizzle over the tomatoes.

How to Make Caprese Sandwich and Basil Pesto:

This caprese sandwich is easy to make and even easier to fall in love with!  First, slather your delicious made from scratch pesto all over the soft bread.  Then layer it up with fresh tomato, mozzarella, and balsamic glaze and you have the most amazing sandwich in just minutes!

  1. Blend pesto: In a food processor first combine basil, parmesan, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. Then pulse until the olive oil looks emulsified and the pesto looks uniform.
  2. Build sandwich: First slice the bread in half and spread pesto on one side. Next, layer the cheese and tomatoes and finally drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Steps to make a caprese sandwich.

Sandwich Variations:

The tried and true caprese ingredients like tomato, mozzarella and basil are the start of any delicious recipe.  But when you add bread and pesto and turn it into a sandwich it is even better!  Now try a few more variations to create your favorite version of this traditional flavor combination.

  • Protein: Add turkey, chicken, or flank steak to add a great protein.
  • Bread: A thick, sturdy bread is best for this sandwich.  Ciabatta is great but can easily be swapped out for a sourdough or focaccia.
  • Warm it up!  Heat your sandwich in a panini press or on a grill pan for the perfect ooey gooey sandwich!  Before you start, brush the outside of the bread with a little bit of oil to get the perfect crispy toasted bread.
  • Shortcut: For last minute time saving use store bought pesto.
  • Make your own Balsamic Glaze: Heat 1 cup of balsamic vinegar over medium-low heat until it reduces down to about half.  This will thicken it and bring the flavor out.  For a sweeter glaze, add 1/4 cup apple juice to 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar before reducing.
  • Green: Add arugula to your sandwich for a little bit of crunch and even more color!
  • No cheese? Replace the cheese with creamy avocado slices!

A finished caprese sandwich on a plate.

More Caprese Inspired Recipes:

  • Caprese Pasta Salad
  • Farro Caprese Salad
  • Chicken Caprese Macaroni and Cheese
  • Easiest Bruchetta Recipe 
  • Chicken Caprese Pasta Casserole

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Caprese Sandwich with Basil Pesto

A Caprese Sandwich with Basil Pesto is a thick ciabatta bread stuffed with layers of tomato, mozzarella, and fresh pesto.  Add a drizzle of a balsamic glaze and you will have a homemade sandwich that is better than anything you could buy at a restaurant!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Italian American
Keyword basil pesto chicken sandwich, caprese sandwich, caprese sandwich with basil, caprese sandwich with basil pesto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Sandwiches
Calories 422kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

Basil Pesto:

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 olive oil

Sandwich:

  • 1 medium tomato sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 ciabatta buns or bread of choice
  • balsamic glaze for drizzle

Instructions

  • In a food processor combine basil, parmesan, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. Pulse until the olive oil looks emulsified and the pesto looks uniform.
  • To make the sandwiches: Slice the bread in half and spread pesto on one side. Layer the cheese and tomatoes and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1380IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 453mg | Iron: 1mg

Pudina paneer gravy recipe, Mint paneer

. I had this once in The Curry Culture restaurant. It was some Mint special in their restaurant going on and we ordered this and

Ingredients

  • 200 gm Paneer frozen, (It measure 1 & 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup Mint leaves Fresh
  • 1/4 cup Curd
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • Salt as needed

To sautee

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 onion cubed
  • 5 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 4 slit green chilli
  • 20 Cashews

To temper

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 1 clove
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 Biryani leaf

Instructions

HOW TO DRY MINT:

  • First wash and spread mint leaves in a clean kitchen towel. Let it dry until there is completely no moisture.
  • Preheat oven at 170 0 C. Spread as a single layer in a baking sheet.
  • Switch off the oven and keep for five minutes in middle rack.
  • Again spread and keep for 10 minutes. It should be dried by now. Keep for longer time to make it crisp.
  • Gather the ingredients needed. Soak paneer in boiling hot water until use. Heat a pan with butter. Add ginger, garlic, chilli and onion.
  • Sautee for two mins in medium flame.
  • Add cashews and sautee for another 2 minutes. Take care not to brown anything as it will change the colour of the gravy.
  • Remove in plate for cooling. Transfer to a mixie once cooled.
  • Grind it with 1/2 cup water smoothly.
  • Heat the pan with oil and add items under ‘To temper’ followed by finely chopped green chilli, coriander powder, pepper powder in low flame.
  • Give it a quick stir and add ground paste. Mix well.Cook for 2 minutes. Add crushed mint.
  • Keep cooking in medium flame for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add well smooth whisked curd and mix well.
  • Cook in medium flame for another 3 minutes. Keep mixing frequently to avoid masala sticking to bottom.
  • Add paneer, salt and 1 cup water. Add water gradually as you mix.
  • Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to serving bowl.

Video

Notes

  • The time purely depends on the mint variety and it’s condition. Some times 5 mins you will get dry mint.
  • 15 blanched almonds can also be used in this recipe in place of cashews.
  • You can mix a tablespoon of cream while serving for rich taste.

Pudina paneer method:

HOW TO DRY MINT:
  1. First wash and spread mint leaves in a clean kitchen towel. Let it dry until there is completely no moisture..

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Rustic Tomato Tart

Free-form tarts are the savior of the unfussy cook. Unlike tarts baked in a pan, there’s no need to worry about trimming dough, rolling out perfect circles, or using pie weights. They’re the sort of thing I love to pull from my oven year round, but especially in conjunction with peak tomato season. A beautiful tomato tart layered with jammy, caramelized onions, laced with fresh basil alongside a simple green salad? Good lord yes.

This tomato tart recipe is a few personal winks, twists, and additions away from one of the classic versions you might find in France. I talk more about the crust I use down below, and the toppings as well. I love these sorts of tarts for picnics, beach days, and road trips, dinner gatherings, and potlucks – cut into wedges or grids. They show off the best flavors of the season, and once you make the dough (takes less than five minutes), the rest is a breeze.

Let’s Talk Toppings

You can keep the toppings as simple or as complex as you like, and the version here splits somewhere down the middle. The version you see pictured (and featured in the recipe) combines caramelized onions and peak, in-season, tomatoes as the core components. Cooking the onions takes a bit of time, but to be honest, if you do a big skillet full and keep them in the refrigerator, they’re great on pizzas, in sandwiches, and in noodle & pasta bowls throughout the week.

To the onions here, I add a big pinch of turmeric and lots of black pepper, but you don’t have to. You can think of the onions as their own component and season them as much or little as you like – as long as you imagine your seasoning will go well with tomatoes, you’re likely fine. There’s basically a world of possibilities. I can imagine cinnamon, cumin, caraway, ground peppers, curry blends, etc. all being wonderful additions. I talk more about toppings down below, but the tart dough is basically a blank, buttery canvas to experiment with.

Make-ahead Friendly

With a bit of advance planning, these sorts of tarts are completely weeknight friendly. Especially if you think of the tart dough as one component. You can make it days in advance and refrigerate. Or make extra, double-wrap and freeze – thawing before using (but keeping cold). I think of the toppings as the second component and often do a big batch of them over the weekend. For tarts like this one, I might caramelize the onions in advance by a day or two. Or browse your refrigerator for other ideas. If I had extra pesto, perhaps slather it across the dough before topping with other ingredients. Or, if it was winter, maybe I’d grab some roasted winter squash.

A Rustic Tart Crust

The crust of this tart deploys a favorite baking trinity of mine –  rye, cooked quinoa, and all-purpose (or bread) flour. I use a blend of these three ingredients increasingly often – when I bake sourdough, when I make flatbreads (and pizza crusts), and for tarts like these. The butter brings richness and flavor while you get the nutritional boost of the whole grain quinoa and rye flour along with a bit of lightness from the white flour. If you nail the ratio correctly, you end up with goodness coming from your oven that is rustic, flavor-rich, and satisfying – with nice, flaky texture. AND the recipe introduces you to my favorite method for pulling a pie or tart dough together.

A Few Tart Tips

  • Make sure your toppings aren’t hot when you assemble your tart. Whether you’re making this tart, or riffing on it with another idea you have, make sure your roasted squash, or blistered mushrooms, or grilled squash are room temperature or colder. This way it wont melt the butter in your crust.
  • Work quickly when you’re rolling out your well-chilled dough. Make sure your counter and rolling pin are dusted with flour. If your dough is sticking at all and you get the sense it has become too warm, transfer it back to the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, and try again.
  • If you think your unbaked tart isn’t looking great, power through it. Look at my unbaked tart picture just above. It’s no prize winner, but have faith! They look exponentially better after they’ve been brushed with egg and baked until golden in a hot oven.
  • That also reminds me, resist the urge to under bake. I tend to go as long as I can in the oven, to get that nice color, and to give crispness and structure to the crust. You’re aiming for golden plus plus plus.

Ideal Tomatoes for Tomato Tarts

I use a blend of whatever tomatoes are most flavorful at the moment. They don’t have to be the best looking tomatoes, and a tart like this is a great way to use slightly blemished tomatoes because once they bake you won’t know the difference. I like to use a mix of tomatoes of different sizes, and a mix of colors as well if I have them. Variety is all good here. Use what you’ve got as long as they taste good.

As I’m looking at this photo, I keep thinking to myself, “you should have kept it in the oven another five minutes.” It has good color as-is, but it had the potential to get really, really good. Next time!

Enjoy the tart(s)! Let me know if you experiment with the toppings in anyway. You know I love your wildcards! -h

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