Mexican Chicken Enchiladas (Restaurant Style)

Recipe by Sarah_nadine
READY IN: 2hrs 35mins
SERVES: 7-10




  • Place thawed chicken into a 7-10 qt pot. Pour fresh water into pot until the water covers all the chicken + 6 inches more of water. Place pot on burner.
  • Put in the 5 bay leaves, 3 tbsp garlic, 1/2 of a onion, 2 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbsp red pepper flakes.
  • Boil on medium-high ( covered ) for 1 hour 20 min or until chicken falls off bone easily.
  • Once chicken is cooked, place into a very large bowl. Place in fridge for 20 min to cool down for easy handling.
  • While cooling down, drain half the broth and boil the rest uncovered.
  • Take chicken out of fridge, begin shredding apart each piece by hand, discarding fat, bones, and knuckles. Make sure you have discarded all of the bones and knuckles.
  • Add the lettuce, 2 whole chopped onions, 1 1/2 C pepper jack and 1 1/2 C colby jack cheese, powdered garlic, pepper, salt, chili powder, 1 can olives. Mix until well incorperated. Set Aside.
  • Spray lightly 3 13x9 inch pans ( or 4-5 8x8 pans) with cooking spray.
  • Pour in all enchilada sauce into pot with boiled broth, mix, turn down heat to medium-low.
  • Get another person to assist you.
  • Place and single corn tortilla on a wide spatula, place lightly into sauce, leave in no more than 5 seconds. Place tortilla into greased pan, fill with 1/4 c chicken mixture, roll up as tightly as you can without tearing.
  • Repeat process until all tortillas and pans are used. Make sure each enchilada is place tightly, and close to eachother.
  • Pour remaining sauce, cheese, and olives all over prepared enchiladas, cover with tin foil.
  • Place in oven at 350 F for 35 min, broil HI the last 5 minutes uncovered.
  • Cool, uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with sour cream, salsa, green onions.