Did I mention drinking was involved? And I am not talking about the gallon of milk I had to drink to try to subside the burn.
Mexican Chicken Casserole
Adapted from Cooking Light December 1998
- 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp of salt
- 1/2 tsp of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- 2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, divided
- 1 3/4 pounds skinned, boned chicken breasts
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup evaporated skim milk
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Pepper Jack cheese
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) tub-style fat free cream cheese
- 1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
- 10(6-inch) corn tortillas
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
Combine broth, cayenne, cumin, chili powder, salt and 1 can of chiles in a large skillet; bring to a boil. Add chicken; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until chicken is done, turning chicken once.
Remove chicken from cooking liquid, reserving cooking liquid; cool chicken. Shred meat with two forks, and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 can of chiles and onion;
sauté 3 minutes or until soft. Add reserved cooking liquid, milk, Pepper Jack, cream cheese, and enchilada sauce;
stir well. Stir in shredded chicken; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Place 4 tortillas in the bottom of a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray.
Spoon 2 cups chicken mixture over tortillas.
Repeat layers twice, ending with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
After reading the reviews of the original recipe online I decided to doctor it up a bit. Several of the reviewers stated that the casserole could have used a little more flavor so I added the spices into the broth in which the chicken is cooked. This was very good but I found that the tortillas broke apart/dissolved during cooking. Next time I make this I will toast the tortillas first to give them a better shot at survival during the baking process.