Chicken & Poultry

Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

by Shawnda on September 13, 2013

in Chicken & Poultry,Cinco de Mayo,Hatch chiles,Mexican & TexMex

Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

I strongly dislike corn tortillas that haven’t been fried into chips. The flavor, the texture, the total pain-in-the-assness when it comes to cracking and rolling and splitting. But flour tortillas? LOVE.

I am firmly in the “ain’t no enchilada tortilla like a flour tortilla” camp. I might also run the Down With Corn Tortillas SuperPac. But the rules are so lax with those things that I don’t technically have to tell you. Or even myself, really.

The exposed ends of the tortillas get crispy and the rest of the tortilla absorbs the enchilada sauce. The absorption factor here is key to what I consider the very best thing about the borderline pain-in-the-assness of making enchiladas: leftovers. And not just any leftovers – leftovers that get better over the next two days and make eating the same thing for lunch and dinner for 3 days NOT a chore.

Take all that for what it’s worth. I’m also a big fan of day-old leftover nachos.

Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

The smokey, tangy sauce gets its flavors – and a little heat – from roasted hatch chiles, tomatillos, and yogurt (I like to use Greek yogurt simply for the extra protein). And if you skimp on the sauce when making the enchiladas, you have a pretty fabulously creamy green sauce for dipping.

1 hour looks a little time-consuming for a weeknight – and maybe it is – but with leftover chicken and preshred cheese, you’re really looking at 40 minutes of oven time – 20 to roast the tomatillos and garlic, 20 to bake the enchiladas. The sauce takes 2 minutes with a blender or food processor and will beat any bottled green sauce you can get premade.

Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas

Roasted hatch chiles, tomatillos, and yogurt are the stars in this creamy green enchilada sauce.

Ingredients

  • For the enchilada sauce:
  • ~1.25 lbs tomatillos
  • 3/4 lb hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped (directions here)
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt (I use 0% Fage)
  • To assemble:
  • 12 tortillas (I prefer flour)
  • 8 oz monterrey jack, shredded
  • ~3/4 lb leftover shredded chicken

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and very lighly spray with oil.
  3. Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse off the stickiness.
  4. Cut tomatillos in half (doesn't matter, but I do a verdical cut down the core) and place cut-side down on the foil along with the unpeeled garlic cloves.
  5. Roast for ~20 minutes and remove from oven, leaving the oven on.
  6. Set the garlic cloves aside and transfer the tomatillos to a food processor or blender - use a rubber spatula and the moisture from the softened tomatillos to get any browned bits into the blender.
  7. Peel the garlic cloves when cool enough to handle and add to the blender along with hatch chiles, lime juice, yogurt, salt, and pepper.
  8. Blend until completely smooth.
  9. To assemble the enchiladas, place 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce into the pan and shake/spread it to completely cover the bottom.
  10. Top each tortilla with a generous pinch of shredded chicken and shredded cheese.
  11. Roll and place seam-down in the pan.
  12. Pour enchilada sauce over top and then sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
  13. Bake ~20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and browning.
  14. Leftovers get even better the next 2 days.

Notes

Yields: 6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 1 hour

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Hatch Chile and Chicken Nachos

What do you get when football and hatch chiles are back? Nachos.

Gloriously, gooey nachos worthy of two of the best seasons-within-a-season that I can think of.

Last week, we had the Broncos game and Hatch Chile & Chicken Nachos on the menu. A messy, as-easy-to-make-as-it-was-to-eat spread totally worthy of the return of football.

Real football.

Hatch Chile and Chicken Nachos

Who’s your team? If you’ve been here seasons past, you know I’m an old Oilers-turned-Colts fan (we all deal with loss in our own ways). And that the 3rd happiest day of my life was when Houston was awarded a new team in the form of the Texans. The Shawnda Super Bowl happened twice a year when the Texans and Colts met and life was perfect.

But then things went and got… weird.

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And those things are still kind of weird. Because you can’t just unweird 14 years worth of nonweird.

So now I find myself keeping up with the Broncos. And not just because of the highly-frequented highway of players and staff that tend to move between them and the Texans.

Hatch Chile and Chicken Nachos

My favorite player from my other favorite team is now with a whole ‘nother different team and now I have to keep up with 3 real teams and 3 fantasy teams. Talk about a total First World Problem.

A problem that nachos can’t fix… but that cheesy drip down the front of a new shirt can temporarily make you not care as much about where Peyton is calling plays. And it can almost make you stop kicking yourself for not renewing your Texans season tickets 4 years ago.

Okay, nachos aren’t THAT magical.

Hatch Chile and Chicken Nachos

But good luck this Sunday! And Monday. And Thursday. Hope your teams win! Unless they’re playing one of my three. Or I’m up against one of your guys in fantasy. And then I hope THEY GO DOWN HARD.

And really – I need an extra hour to pregame just to make myself believe that I can keep up with it all :)

Hatch Chile and Chicken Nachos

Hatch chile con queso, leftover shredded chicken, and pico de gallo team up for a monster pan of nachos that is completely worthy for the start of of football season.

Ingredients

  • For the hatch chile cheese sauce:
  • 12 oz white American cheese, grated*
  • 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese, grated**
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 lb hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped (directions here)
  • For the nachos:
  • 14 oz bag tortilla chips ("restaurant thins" not recommended)
  • 2 cups leftover shredded chicken breast (~2 breasts)
  • For the pico de gallo
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup red onion
  • Small handful of cilantro
  • 1 lime (1/2 juiced, the other half cut into wedges and reserved)
  • Pinch of salt
  • *Look for it at the deli counter; typically comes in Land O'Lakes or house brands.
  • **Do not buy pre-grated cheese.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Spread the tortilla chips in an even layer in a large (11x17) baking pan.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the milk.
  4. When hot, add the cheese and stir occasionally until mostly melted smooth.
  5. Add ~3/4 of the diced hatch chiles, a generous pinch of salt, and stir until uniform (if it looks too thick, add a bit more milk - it should be just a little thinner than queso-dip consistency).
  6. Pour the cheese over chips and top with shredded chicken and the remaining hatch chiles.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes to heat through.
  8. While the nachos are baking, stir the ingredients of the pico de gallo together and set aside.
  9. Best served immediately, topped with the pico de gallo and extra lime wedges squeezed over top.
  10. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave in individual servings (although, I'm partial to cold, soggy nachos myself).

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 25 minutes

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Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

You can add “forgo dinner at home most nights and drag the family to Freebirds for a steak or chicken burrito bowl” to the list of things I’d do if money grew on trees around here. Right above that – never washing or flat-ironing my hair again.

And since money doesn’t grow on trees, butterfly clip or ponytail it is.

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

But because they’re so stinking easy to make at home, I can dump a bunch of burrito fixins into a bowl, call it a burrito bowl, crank up the theme song to Supernatural (Carry on my wayward so-oon!), and pretend I’m at Freebirds.

Our burrito bowls start with a super simple cilantro-lime quinoa (a compromise since I don’t really eat rice anymore), black or pinto beans, leftover diced chicken or steak, cheese, pico de gallo, a spicy tomatillo salsa, and extra jalapenos or serranos – because you can’t take your tastebuds with you when you die.

With hatch chiles everywhere right now, including the floor of my kitchen – don’t ask, we added a couple of the smokey, sweet chiles to the pico de gallo.

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

Minus the scoop of queso Jason usually adds to his burrito (were we just meant to be, or what?!), it’s just like eating at Freebirds. I do have to clean the kitchen but I can afford to keep the lights on around here :)

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

Ingredients

  • For the quinoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • Juice from 1 1/2 limes
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • For the pico
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped (directions here)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt
  • For assembly
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • Leftover chicken or steak, diced
  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced jalapenos
  • Your favorite salsa

Instructions

  1. Add a generous pinch of salt to the cooking water and cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Let cool a bit, add the lime juice and cilantro, and fluff with a fork.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, make the pico (stir all ingredients in a bowl and set aside) and prepare your other ingredients as necessary.
  4. To build the burrito bowls, spoon quinoa into each bowl, top with beans, cheese, meat, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and a couple of spoonfuls of your favorite salsa.

Notes

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Chicken and Bean Nachos with Pico de Gallo

So, there’s this weird thing about Texas. (Take your pick, right?) And it wasn’t something I realized until I was much older. But it has to do with nachos. (That probably wasn’t your first thing that came to your mind.)

During most of high school, we lived on Dad’s Bean & Cheese Nachos – a large baking pan on which chips, salsa, cheese, beans (half whole, half refried), and jalapenos (half with, half with double!) were piled, then baked, then eaten in an all-out messy free-for-all straight from the pan. Those nachos could show up on enchilada night, on any Sunday afternoon during football season, and nearly every weeknight after Mom had gone back to school and Dad was responsible for “cooking” when he got home from work.

And then there was that weird thing I discovered about nachos in Texas. I ordered nachos at a TexMex restaurant and what came to my table was not… well, it wasn’t any nachos I had ever seen.

It was an arranged platter of separate tortilla chips, with each chip individually – annoyingly, pristinely - topped with your standard nacho fixins. The “nachos” were… beautiful. It looked like it came straight out of a magazine. And it was not the messy free-for-all pile of awesome that I thought I had ordered.

It was… dainty.

Chicken and Bean Nachos with Pico de Gallo

It eventually became clear that those individual nacho things were actually a thing. A Texas thing. Everywhere except my parents’ house and any sports stadium ever built. And this Texan? She does not approve of dainty nachos.

HEB Primo Picks

So when my box of H-E-B’s July Primo Picks arrived this month, I spied the perfect fixins for nachos.

We started with the sweet potato-tortilla hybrid chips and layered those with cheese, Barracho Beans (made with Texas-based Shiner and still one of my favorite things ever), spicy Chile Pequin Salsa, and chicken seasoned with an all-purose barbecue rub.

Topped with some pico de gallo and sliced fresh jalapenos (not pickled!) straight out of the oven, every bite was the fabulous, messy, hearty, flavorful free-for-all that nachos were meant to be.

Even in Texas.

Chicken and Bean Nachos with Pico de Gallo

Chicken and Bean Nachos with Pico de Gallo

Sweet potato tortilla chips serve as the base for these easy (and maybe-not-so-Texas-style) chicken & bean nachos.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp H-E-B Texas-Style BBQ All-Purpose Seasoning Mix
  • 1 bag (12 oz) Central Market Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
  • 8 oz monterrey jack, shredded
  • 1 can (15 oz) H-E-B Texas-Style Barracho Beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup Central Market Chile Pequin Salsa
  • For the pico de gallo
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 small handful cilantro, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Pound chicken breasts to even thickness and sprinkle both sides with the BBQ seasoning.
  3. Place on a large sheet of foil and fold the foil pouch-style
  4. Place the pouch on a baking pan and cook for ~20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Let cool for ~10 minutes and then shred.
  6. Spread the tortilla chips out in an even layer on a large baking pan.
  7. Top with half of the cheese, beans, chicken, the salsa, and remainder of the cheese.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  9. In the mean time, stir the tomatoes, red onion, lime juice, salt, cilantro, pepper, and jalapenos together in a bowl and set aside.
  10. Top the nachos with the pico and serve immediately. Straight from the pan in a messy free-for-all recommended.

Notes

Yields: 6-8 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 50 minutes

This recipe was developed in conjunction with H-E-B and I was provided ingredients as well as compensated for my time. Messy fingers, stretchy-waisted pants, and opinions are all mine. You can find H-E-B on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you’re as lucky as we are, 3 locations within a 5 mile radius.

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