Creamy Chicken Enchiladas (Gringo Enchiladas)

If you’re looking for something healthy, this isn’t it. If you want real Mexican food, this isn’t it either. Though unhealthy, this Tex-Mex classic is the creamiest, most decadent way to eat a tortilla, except for maybe deep-fried and stuffed with Nutella. I kid you not. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. My mom always made creamy chicken enchiladas with mushroom soup, so I adapted her recipe to be completely from scratch. If you don’t like mushrooms, you can leave them out. Also, we can’t be friends. (Kidding. Mostly.)

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9 X 13 pan.

Chicken

Use precooked or cook in the Instant Pot:

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or 2 c. cooked and shredded

I put the chicken in the Instant Pot with 1 1/2 c. water and cooked it at high pressure for 10 minutes. I had to go somewhere, so I did a natural release, but I think a quick release is fine for shredded meat. Shred the chicken when it’s done and reserve the broth for the sauce.

Sauce

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Melt and and whisk together:

1/4 c. butter

1/4 c. flour

Whisk in gradually to avoid lumps:

3/4 c. chicken broth reserved from earlier

3/4 c. milk

Continue stirring until thickened and season with the following:

1/4 t. salt

1/8 t. pepper

1/4 t. parsley

1/4 t. onion powder

1/4 t. garlic powder

Remove the thickened sauce from the heat and whisk until smooth:

1 c. sour cream

If you are using mushrooms, you can add them at this point. I used 1 can of drained mushrooms, but 1/2 lb. of fresh, sauteed mushrooms would be excellent too.

Assembly

Heat in the microwave until pliable:

6 flour tortillas, taco size

Fill the tortillas with all of the following:

shredded chicken

1/4 c. Cheddar cheese (1 1/2 c. total)

2 T. salsa (3/4 c. total)

Spread 1 c. of the sauce on the bottom of the pan. Roll up the tortillas and line them up in the pan, then cover with the rest of the sauce. Bake them at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and slightly browned around the edges.

Creamy chicken enchiladas are especially great when topped with fresh veggies like shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and green onions.

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