Something strange is happening to me. I have felt this over the past year and I can't explain it. Where I used to hate to cook, I now kind of like it!
|These chicken enchiladas were a BIG hit with the family!|
The older I get, the more that is true. I even start my online searches with the word 'easy'.
|Start by slow cooking the chicken in a crockpot for 6-8 hours.|
Don't forget to add cumin, chili powder, and garlic.
Easy italian recipes, easy dog treats, easy DIY table projects. You name it, easy is my game.
|Make an easy cheese sauce by starting with a bechamel then adding milk and cheese.|
It is no different when it comes to cooking dinner. You see I have never really like to cook and used to buy frozen lasagna and frozen pizza, or order take out. Lately, I don't know but I am kinda gettin' into it and my boys love it! Maybe it is simply there appreciation!
|Easy Mexican Rice as a side dish.|
Whatever it is, I thought I would share my easy chicken enchilada dinner.
- Slow cook chicken in crock pot (could be chicken breasts, chicken thighs). Quantity is dependent on how much you want to make.
- Add cumin, chili powder, fresh cilantro, and garlic. Again season to your taste. If you like it kickier, add more of the seasonings.
- Shred chicken once it is cooked.
- Roll chicken in flour tortillas. Be sure to warm the package of tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds first. They will roll much easier without tearing and breaking!
- Roll and line up in baking dish.
- Cheese sauce:
- Start with a bechamel sauce by melting one stick of butter in sauce pan.
- Add flour, one tablespoon at a time, and whisk into butter until thicken. (Probably would not take more than 2-3 tbls.) Bechamel should be thick!
- Add milk (can use heavy cream if you like a rich sauce or 1% milk if you want a low fat version). Quantity depends on how much sauce you want but I would say 2-3 cups.
- Simmer on low and gradually start adding shredded cheese. I like to use a variety for flavor. Colby-Jack, Cheddar, Monterray cheddar, etc. I like ours real cheesy so I add about 3 cups of cheese.
- Continue to simmer until cheese is melted, whisking as you go to blend sauce.
- Pour over rolled tortillas, top with shredded cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for 45 min-1 hour.
- Mexican Rice.
- Chop up peppers (yellow, red, and green), tomatoes, garlic, onions and fresh cilantro. Saute in butter.
- Add chicken broth and rice
- Add chili powder and cumin
- Simmer all in one pan until rice is cooked.
- Top with cilantro and cheese and serve.
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