Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas, sometimes it has the recipe right in the caption
Enchiladas.  I personally have never attempted to cook any Mexican dishes in my life and this pin was a bit intimidating when I saw it just for that fact alone.  A few years ago I was on a fajita kick and would use those marinade packets where you'd mix it with oil and put it with your meat of choice in a plastic bag, grill up the meat and then have different ingredients to build your own fajita-- I hardly call that an attempt at a Mexican dish.

I've been seeing this particular chicken enchilada pin and like all pins that interest us, decided to pin it for later.  Of course when I went through my food board, I noticed that I had pinned it awhile ago (don't you hate when that happens?).  I decided to make it for dinner tonight, and what a great opportunity than to document the attempt for this brand new blog, right?  Unfortunately it isn't the first Pinterest recipe I've tried out for this new year (I'll definitely be making that recipe again and blogging about it since it was a hit) as I didn't think about creating this blog until today.

I think there are a couple different recipes linked to "Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas", but this is on the one that we're using tonight, courtesy of  We made a couple substitutions, which you can read about after the original recipe.

Here's the recipe straight from their website:

2-3 chicken breasts, shredded {OR rotisserie chicken}
1 {8 oz.} pkg. cream cheese
1 28 oz. can green enchilada sauce {I used Las Palmas}
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cups cooked rice {I used boil in a bag because I can’t cook rice to save my life!!!}
Tortillas {I used Mission flour tortillas, but homemade would be muy delicioso!}
1-2 cups shredded monterrey & colby cheese
Cook chicken and shred; boil rice. Mix the shredded chicken, cream cheese, and 2 cups of the enchilada sauce together. This mix makes A TON!!!!
Pour half a cup of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
Layer the rice & black beans to your taste and top with the chicken mixture in each tortilla.
Roll up each of the tortillas and place them in the baking dish seam side down.
Top with 1 cup of the enchilada sauce and 1-2 cups of shredded cheese.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 375 for about 25 minutes.
Uncover the enchiladas, turn on the broiler, and broil for about 3-5 minutes uncovered…just long enough to brown the cheese.

As we shopped for the ingredients, I decided to go for refried beans instead of black beans because I like them better over black beans.  My husband tells me it's more authentic to use them as well, so you could say we opted refried for that reason too. ;)  We also went with Spanish rice since the recipe doesn't say what specific type to use. Make sure that you're using tortillas that are at least 9" in diameter (if the measurement is listed on the package).

The ingredients we used (missing chicken and cream cheese)
I started out with using frozen chicken thighs because we have a bag of it sitting in our freezer.  I had to boil 4 pieces to have enough chicken for the mixture.  If you use chicken breasts, about 3 pieces would be enough.  While you're cooking the chicken (if you didn't go the ready-made rotisserie route), make sure to pull the cream cheese out of the fridge so it can soften up to make it easier to mix. 

After the chicken is done, make sure to let it cool down a bit so you don't hurt yourself shredding it ;) (yep, I did that).  I mixed the block of cream cheese, 2 cups of enchilada sauce and the shredded chicken in a small mixing bowl.  This is what it looked like after mixing together:

I turned on the oven to 375° before I started the rice to give it a chance to warm up.  I cooked the Spanish rice as the listed on the package (omitted the oil), and after it was done, I added the can of refried beans and mixed them together; if you prefer to keep them separated, you can (refried or black beans).  Next was pouring 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce at the bottom of the 9x13 dish.  If you tilt the dish around, you'll easily coat the bottom of the dish (and you don't have to dirty another utensil!).  Then I spread the rice and refried beans mixture on top.  If you chose to keep them separated, it doesn't matter what order you layer them!

Remember when I mentioned earlier that I've never attempted Mexican food before?  Yea, I'm glad I consulted my husband for the next few steps!  Make sure to put a good amount of the mixture down the middle of the tortilla.  I'd say about 5 scoops of the mixture is enough.  When you roll it up, my husband told me not to be afraid to roll it up tight (but not TOO tight; imagine rolling up your soft taco so the toppings don't fall out) because it will expand a little when it's in the oven.  We were able to fill up 7 tortillas with the mixture and fit them in the 9x13 dish nicely. Don't forget to place them seam side down in the dish!


The recipe says to pour 1 cup of enchilada sauce on top of the enchiladas--just pour the remainder of the can on top.  The rest of the contents is the perfect amount!  As for the cheese, we didn't bother to measure it out.  I eyeballed it and I probably used about 1 1/2 cups of cheese on top, making sure I covered the top.

Bake as directed, covered in foil at 375° for about 25 minutes. Once the timer goes off, take off the foil and turn on the broiler for another 5 minutes. If you have a good amount of cheese on top like we did, don't wait for it to brown! You'll run the risk of burning the bottom-the rice and beans!

 Voila!  Finished Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas!

What you see plated is one enchilada and then any rice and beans that were left from that "section" of the dish.

The verdict?  DELICIOUS!  Very tasty and flavorful, a hit for our family!  Definitely keeping this pin and adding the recipe (along with the changes we made) to our family recipe book!  Hope y'all have success with cream cheese enchiladas as well!

*The screen shot at the beginning is from my own personal board of recipes I want to try out. Feel free to follow my board

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