onions, halves peeled
garlic cloves, peeled
serrano chilies, seeded
( can be adjusted to taste, I use latex gloves, watch those eyes!!!)
whole chicken breasts, halved
onion, thickly sliced
garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 cups
24 (5 inch)
( freshest you can find)
3 cups creme fraiche or 3 cups
grated monterey jack cheese
- Prepare sauce: Heat water in large pot to boiling.
- Add tomatillos, 2 onion halves, 6 garlic cloves, and 7 serrano chiles.
- Simmer uncovered 30 minutes.
- Let cool slightly, then drain, reserving about 1 cup cooking liquid.
- Place solids in blender or food processor.
- Add remaining onion half, 4 garlic cloves, 3 chiles, the cilantro, and about 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
- Process until smooth.
- Heat oil in medium saucepan.
- Add onion slices and saute until lightly browned.
- Stir in sauce and season with salt.
- Simmer uncovered until slightly thickened, about 30- 45 minutes.
- If sauce thickens too much, thin it with remaining cooking liquid.
- Meanwhile, when the sauce ingredients are simmering, prepare stuffing.
- Heat 2 qt water in large pot to boiling.
- Add chicken, onion, garlic, and salt to taste.
- Simmer just until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.
- Let cool, then remove chicken from liquid.
- Remove and discard skin and bones; shred meat.
- Prepare tortillas: When the sauce is nearly ready and the stuffing is ready, heat small amount of oil in skillet over medium heat.
- Cook tortillas one at a time, turning once, just until flexible but not crisp, about 20 seconds each.
- Drain on a thick layer of paper towels wrapped up inside a clean cloth kitchen towel (or tortilla warmer).
- This will drain them and keep them soft and warm.
- Heat oven to 3500°F.
- Coat two 13x9 baking pans with vegetable oil.
- Dip each tortilla in sauce.
- Fill tortillas with shredded chicken and roll up.
- Arrange a dozen filled tortillas in each pan.
- Top with green sauce.
- Spoon creme fraiche (or sour cream) over sauce.
- Sprinkle chopped onion and cilantro over the top.
- Sprinkle cheese over all.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Broil briefly if the top needs some browning.
- Serve hot with refried beans.
- To freeze: Prepare recipe through step 26. Place rolled enchiladas on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Transfer to a freezer bag. Seal, label and freeze. Place sauce in a second freezer bag and place both bags in a larger bag. Seal and freeze.
- To serve: Thaw in fridge overnight. Complete assembly and bake as directed in recipe.