Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

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Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

You all think I’ve gone completely wackadoodle.

Let me just start by saying, I don’t know what’s up with my cheese. It totally didn’t melt. You can still see the individual shreds. I bought a different brand this time, because the block was bigger and had a hip, clean font on the package. I got straight swindled. Straight shredded swindled.

Let’s start a band called the Shredded Swindles. I’ll play bass.

Anywayz (<—–why?), I’m totally okay with the non-melty cheese. It’s kind of pretty, being able to see every little detail, and not a huge pile of melted orange goo. Although goo is good, too.

I’m overthinking this, aren’t I?

The bottom line is, we’re eating enchiladas, so praise the dang babies.

Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

What makes the innards (<—-seriously, why?) a little different this time is the addition of cinnamon. I added it because I couldn’t find my blasted nutmeg. I did a huge pantry purge because I saw some pantry moths throwing a summer kegger in a box of opened granola (AARON), so I freaked my life and threw away e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.

I guess that included my little bag of nutmeg. I can’t remember. Perhaps I had a little too much at that granola kegger.

So! The cinnamon is really nice. Just a tiny, tiny bit goes a lawng, lawng way.

Also, I added cream cheese and milk to the enchilada sauces, just like I did with the creamy chicken and jalapeno version. I’ll never regret it for as long as I live.

And lastly, those are mint leaves in my lemonade, not dead bugs. They’re not vibrant because I made the fresh batch a day before, for a play date. I need to tell you about this lemonade. It’ll change the direction of your goals in life. Maybe next week I’ll show ya.

Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

For now, eat your face off.

Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas:

What it took for 4:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 1/2 pound chicken breast
* 1 (10 oz) box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
* 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 2 (10 oz) cans red hot enchilada sauce
* 1/2 block (4 oz) cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
* 10 small flour tortillas (or the middle size, but not the burrito size) You can always use corn as well!
* 3 cups shredded hot pepper jack cheese
* salt and pepper

Preheat an oven to 350.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. If the breasts are thick, slice them in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Season both sides with salt and pepper, and sear them in the pan until browned on both sides, and cooked all the way through, about 6 minutes per side. Let the chicken rest a few minutes while you prepare the rest.

Back in the pan, add (a little more oil if needed) the onions; sauté for a few minutes, until they start to soften. They’ll pick up the color from the chicken bits and it’s absolutely glorious. Add the garlic and sauté 30 more seconds, until fragrant.

In a large bowl, whisk together the enchilada sauce, cream cheese, milk and cilantro. If you can’t get the cream cheese to fully blend and you see little chunks, das a’ight.

Now that the chicken has rested, give it a rough chop. Transfer it to a large bowl, and add the onions, garlic and spinach. Toss it all together. Season with the cinnamon, and another pinch of salt and pepper. If you want to start with half a tsp of cinnamon, do that. You don’t want it to overwhelm the flavor. If a half tsp isn’t enough, keep adding. Das right.

Sorry I keep saying “das.”

Pour about 1/2 cup of the sauce along the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Evenly divide the filling among the tortillas, and roll up tightly, placing them seam side down in the pan.

Pour the rest of the sauce over the enchiladas, and top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, anywhere from 30-45 minutes, until the cheese is melted, browned and bubbly.

Garnish with cilantro and deeeeg eeeeen.

Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

I forgot to show you the pretty, colorful insides because twins.

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14 Responses to Spicy Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

  1. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy August 7, 2014 at 8:47 am #
    Hello enchiladas. Get in my belly with your non-melty shredded cheese. :)
  2. Allie | Baking a Moment August 7, 2014 at 9:58 am #
    I love love love enchiladas and this recipe sounds perfect! I'm really digging the creamier sauce and cinnamon is so good in Mexican... Also I agree with you about being able to see the detail in the cheese. Maybe looks weird in person but in the photos it's really nice ;) And oh ya, pinning ;)
  3. Emily @ Life on Food August 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm #
    I have had cheese do that before. I just don't know. I like the goo when I am eating.
  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm #
    I seriously want to face plant in that dish! mmm
  5. Ashley August 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm #
    I'm a total packaging nerd, so I would have fallen victim to the same non-melting-cheese. Insert crying emoji.
  6. Amanda August 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm #
    Melted cheese or not, I'm all over enchiladas in any form!
  7. Paula - bell'alimento August 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm #
    Come to Mamma!
  8. Natalie August 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm #
    Made these tonight and my husband declared that from this day forward, this is how enchiladas will be made. So good.
  9. Katherine August 9, 2014 at 8:09 am #
    Yes to these enchiladas! Also, I've had that happen with mozzerella cheese on a pizza if I accidentally buy reduced fat...you've been warned!
  10. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 10, 2014 at 12:33 am #
    Can I just move into this pan and live there forever and ever?
  11. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes August 11, 2014 at 9:13 am #
    I would totally inhale these. Melted cheese or not it doesn't matter.
  12. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes August 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm #
    if clean eating meant 72lbs of cheese in every meal I'd be a freakin' fitness model. just sayin' ps - so down with this.
  13. Jennie @themessybakerblog August 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm #
    I think the shards of cheese make this dish look hip. And, the innards sound delish.
  14. Kelly Kimel March 3, 2020 at 12:10 pm #
    The pre-shredded cheese contains cellulose, that will effect melting.

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