Creamy, Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

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The merry month of May brings so many wonderful events to celebrate life in a delicious and beautiful way!

Where does one begin?

On Mother’s Day we pay tribute to all of our wonderful mothers. We applaud at Graduations for those who have worked so hard for years to achieve their educational goals (my personal favorite as an educator). We honor all who have passed away and those who’ve served in our military to protect us on Memorial Day. . . . and so many more events in May that we celebrate with family and friends!

Of which includes the festive CINCO de MAYO!

Our Latin neighbors simply have one of our absolute favorite cuisines on the planet — Mexican/Hispanic food! My husband and I are so fortunate to have an incredible, locally-owned Mexican restaurant in our little community that is literally 5-star in quality, taste, and ambiance! It’s the kind of place where they know your name and have ready and waiting on the table some home-made salsa prepared at just the right level of heat that you prefer . . . and even before being seated (they see us enter the front door). The people who work in this restaurant and the food that they create instantly compel one to fall in love with this delightful little eatery and to return religiously!

Whenever we eat at “La Hacienda” (lovingly known by the locals as “La Ha”) during our weekly visits when we work late, we feel just like family. Because this little eatery is so amazing, my husband and I rarely, if ever, prepare authentic Mexican cuisine at home.

But I do have a super recipe that I’d like to share with you. Over the years I have prepared this creamy, cheesy chicken enchilada entree for my family who now serve it to their friends!. So get out your tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream for a mouthwatering feast to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!!!

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Creamy, Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

What You Need:

  • 4 chicken breasts, skinned and boned, cut in cubes
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives (4-1/2 oz. can), more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup (canned) green chilis, chopped
  • 1 small jar chopped pimentos, drained
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 envelopes chicken gravy mix
  • 2 cups chicken broth (canned is OK if you don't have homemade)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack with Jalapeno Pepper cheese (Pepper Jack)
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese (or Mexican Blend cheese)
  • Paprika
  • Nature's Seasons
  • Lawry's Chicken Spice or Weber Kickin' Chicken
  • For GARNISH / to SERVE in bowls on the table for guests:
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chopped lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, diced
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Saute' chicken and onions in butter until tender (about 5 minutes).
  • Sprinkle generously with Nature's Seasons and Lawry's Chicken Spices/Weber Kickin' Chicken.
  • Mix in well.
  • Stir in olives, cilantro and pimentos.
  • Set aside.
  • Combine chicken broth, milk and gravy mix in a medium-sized skillet.
  • Heat to simmering, stirring often.
  • Stir in the sour cream and salt; heat gently.
  • Keep the sauce warm on the stove.
  • Place a generous large spoonful of chicken mixture at one end of each tortilla and roll up.
  • Butter the bottom of a large rectangular baking dish.
  • Place each chicken enchilada in the baking dish.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and pour the cream sauce all over the top of enchiladas.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheeses all over the top.
  • Scatter additional chopped black olives on top.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup diced cilantro on top.
  • Sprinkle with paprika.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until hot and when cheese is golden on top.
  • Serve immediately with garnish on top or on serve without garnish on the table for guests to individually garnish their enchiladas
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before baking

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after baking . . . nice and golden, cheesy top!

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garnish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro for some additional pretty colors!

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How can it get any better than some spicy Spanish/Latin love in your tummy?

A giveaway for an authentic, made-in-Mexico, PURCHASED in Mexico, transported-in-my-suitcase-from-Mexico, rich, deep cobalt blue glass flower vase! Valued at $50.00, it measures about 12″ tall by 5″ wide. This vase is truly gorgeous and it is my pleasure to give it to one fortunate reader of La Bella Vita Cucina.

When I was in graduate school, I went on a study tour to Oaxaca, Mexico where the culture is rich, the shopping is unique, the weather is divine in January, the food is fresh and sublime, the air is filled with aromas of open-air markets, and the famous hand-made native crafts are beautiful!

Within one suitcase, I packed an extra empty ‘expandable’ suitcase, courtesy of my parents who know how much I like to buy authentic, local, native, and indigeneous, hand-made crafts from every spot on earth that I visit. In this 4 foot high suitcase, I stuffed my treasures of Mexican pottery, woven blankets, jewelry, kitchen linens, food products, and hand-blown glass!

Included in that suitcase, I brought home this beautiful cobalt blue glass vase. This is the real deal and is directly from an artisan’s hands in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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The winner of this beautiful cobalt vase was Kathy B.P. of New York, #383 out 414 entries on Rafflecopter and was selected randomly by the Rafflecopter software. The vase was shipped to her in May, 2013.

Other delicious Mexican recipes that you may enjoy include:

Fabulous Spicy Chili

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Absolutely Awesome Guacamole

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Black Bean Salsa

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Tres Leches Cake

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Sangria

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Comments

  1. This is simply mouthwatering! The golden cheesy top looks so amazing!
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  2. Dorothy Teel says:

    I hope that I would be drinking a glass of ice tea at the time and nibbling on some sweet lemon bars, to mark the freshness of spring..

  3. I need another cobalt blue vase like I need another hole in my head. :) I used to collect them and have a whole china cabinet full. But hand made in Mexico??? I’m in. I have a similar recipe to this that I’ve never blogged about. But i’m liking your recipe even better. Next time I’ll be adding olives … pimento … paprika … mmmmmmmm
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  4. oh how I love mexican food and this looks moth watering and delicious, roz! And this giveaway, I am entering for sure-that little vase would be perfect on my table! hope you have a great weekend, anne
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  5. Robin Wilson says:

    I follow via G+ as Robin Wilson

  6. Robin Wilson says:

    I heard about this via your email ~ :)

  7. Lydia Harpe says:

    I read about it on facebook on the page Blog Giveaways :)

  8. Lydia Harpe says:

    I subscribed: lharpe0761@mail.kvcc.edu.

  9. Cortez was in search of gold, the Ninja Baker was on a quest to find a spectacular enchilada recipe. Upon landing at Roz’s La Bella Vita, she discovered the most mouthwatering, best laid out how-to for this fantastic Mexican cuisine =)

    Thank you, Roz!

    P.s. Gorgeous vase, too…My Aunt who lived near San Diego collected glass ware with that extraordinary color blue.

  10. Lorena Keech says:

    I receive emails from you and I’m so glad I do, this is a lovely giveaway.

  11. This is a lovely Creamy, Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas recipe. Looks pretty and definitely comfort food. :) I follow you with RSS feed so I know about this giveaway. :) Thanks for hosting. The vase is gorgeous.
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  12. Living where I do authentic Mexican restaurants are few and far between, but as time passes they pop up here and there in the most unlikely places. The cobalt blue vase is gorgeous Roz. I can only imagine all of the special finds you have brought back from your travels.
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    • I understand about not having a good Mexican restaurant around . . . we truly, like I said, are so lucky to have such a delicious restaurant near us. They have two locations just blocks from each other and they are both packed with loyal patrons each and every night! And yes, Val, I bring back far too many wonderful finds from my travels that I am now giving many of them away to followers!
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  14. This could well be the best looking enchilada I’m ever seen and the ingredients sound wonderful. Are you sure you’re Italian? :-)
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  15. Chesy… creamy – I’m loving this. I seldom do Mexican – but this is on my agenda. It is truly mouth-watering – and warm… still looking for warm.
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    • Like you Claudia, we seldom prepare Mexican at home, but my son called from Chicago and asked, “Hey Mom, can you give me that Chicken Enchilada recipe that you make? I’m having a party and want to make them.” and then the next day, “Hey Mom, my friends are coming over for more of those enchiladas that I fixed last night.” Those are the compliments that keep me making these winners that are out of the ordinary for me. These enchiladas are heavy and filling, so be on the alert! Jazz them up the way that you like them too!

      Hugs and hopes for your warmer weather!
      Roz
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  16. Cheesy… I can spell. Really. And may as well comment again how much I am loving this!
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  17. Danielle B says:

    I heard about you from a Just Sweep email!

  18. Connie Lee says:

    I have subscribed to your email letters

  19. Connie Lee says:

    I heard about your giveaway through your email letter

  20. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I saw the giveaway for the cobalt blue vase on a freebie newsletter and just had to enter. Blue is my favorite color, and this is just beautiful!

  21. I subscribed by email

  22. I found you via a giveaway linky, and I’m so glad I did – these enchiladas look great!

  23. What a beautiful plate of enchiladas. I might have to make that for Cinco de Mayo myself. That blue vase is so pretty! I’m too far away to win but good luck to someone closer!
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  24. Katherine says:

    Email subscriber and Google + Love the blue!

  25. Katherine says:

    I read it on your blog after entering for the teapot

  26. Oh wow! Your enchiladas look so wonderful. I think enchiladas are my favorite Mexican dish, especially if they are covered in a cream sauce. What a treat to have such a wonderful restaurant with friendly family service nearby! I love authentic Mexican food! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I’ll be pinning. Blessings to you!
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  27. Roz, these enchiladas look sensational! I will soon be moving south to Georgia to be close to my son and his family, and this will be a very welcome recipe for them! Thanks for sharing! Carol xox
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  28. Roz- friend- these look amazing! To die for. They scream a mouthful of flavor and i love the guac!
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  29. Oh my goodness, that looks delicious, Roz! Mexican food is one of my loves and weaknesses :) What wonderful flavors and this Wisconsin gal loves her cheese!

    Gorgeous vase!
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  30. Randi Lynne says:

    RSS FEED

  31. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything Mexican that I didn’t like, but this looks (almost!) as good as lasagne, doesn’t it? Every nationality has its version of a filled/wrapped something it seems . . . and I love ‘em all, Roz. Thanks for sharing. (Your site, your photos, just keep getting better!)
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    • Rosemary,

      You are just one of the sweetest people! And yes, you are right, there are so many wonderful recipes in each national/regional cuisines! I realize that this is not Italian, but we truly love Mexican food and I just had to share this recipe after my son called from Chicago and said, “Hey Mom, remember those enchiladas you ‘used to’ make? I want to make them for a party”. So that’s what got me on this kick to make one of my few and far between Mexican recipes! I’ll be stopping by shortly to read what’s new over in your neck of the woods!

      xoxo
      Roz
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  33. Hi Roz, My daughter loves mexican, almost every friday is mexican night. So for sure I am going to try your enchilada recipe. Thanks
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