February 11, 2012

Picky Eater Enchiladas

I like the more creamy chicken enchiladas which causes a slight problem considering Mr. Medic HATES sour cream, cream cheese, and anything else of the sort.  I have been wanting to make some for a week or so, and being pregnant you just can't let go of a craving sometimes.  I was torn though.  I wanted to make creamy ones, but I knew Mr. Medic would be choking them down with a faked grin on his face.  He even told me to just make the ones I wanted, but I couldn't be that "selfish!"  How could I find a happy medium?  How could I make something that we would both like, without making two completely different dishes?

I got some suggestions via Facebook friends and browsed through tons of recipes before I decided on my approach.  I was going to take things I liked from one site, incorporate the recipe I normally use (for the creaminess), then do my own thing from there.  

I liked the process that "The Sweet Pea Chef" used here best.  I didn't do everything exactly the same, didn't need as much (we aren't good about eating leftovers, but I usually take a serving over to the mum) and I didn't have all the recommended ingredients. So my directions are below.  

This made 6 enchiladas 

Cooking the chicken

In medium saucepan combine:

1 small can of Green Enchilada Sauce (I don't like red sauce)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 small can diced green chilies 
Pepper (I did add salt too, but after eating the enchiladas, I think the chilies probably had enough)

Bring to a boil and add chicken (I used one HUGE breast)

Continue to boil for 2-3 minutes turning the chicken over once before reducing heat to low and simmering for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove chicken from sauce and allow to rest for a few minutes.  

Enchilada Filling

While you let the chicken rest, put half the sauce you used to cook the chicken with in a large bowl.

Shred chicken and add to large bowl of half the sauce


1/4 C Sour Cream   (just enough to fill my creamy craving, and not enough for Mr Medic to gag!)
1/2 C Shredded Cheese   (I had cheddar on hand) or more to your liking
1/2 C Brown Rice   (I had some leftover from stir fry and wanted to use it up. It added a little more filling. You can omit this and it will be just as good)
For a little heat, add Cumin and Chili Powder to taste 


Spoon filling into flour tortillas  (I had enough filling for 6 enchiladas PERFECT for us!)
Use remaining sauce from cooking chicken and spread over top of enchiladas
Top with shredded cheese 


Cover enchiladas with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Remove foil and bake an additional 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.  

After inquiring many times to make sure he was being honest, Mr. Medic said they were really good and would eat them again.  I really liked them too, so it looks like I found a way to please two picky eaters.  

*I will be adding pictures later!


  1. my hubby likes it when i add a bit of leftover rice to enchiladas too...gives it something. Also, if you don't eat leftovers for lunch, what do you eat?! I LOVE leftovers for lunch. or quesadillas.

    1. I am not a big fan of leftovers. I have this thing that re-heated meat tastes nasty. I have been trying to make smaller meals so we don't have too much left over. Just enough for the hubby to finish it off and the wasting of food is not on my shoulders! Mealtime is a little weird in our house. We are more likely to get to eat lunch as a family so those tend to be more "meal-like" or dinner-ish. Not to mention the fact that I am having a really hard time sitting down to eat with Twodles. He insists on eating everything from my plate, even if it is the exact same thing. I just want to eat in peace, and not have to share...or should I say I don't want him to eat everything I do, like the bazillion Nutty Bars I sneak while he is napping. Most of the time I will make something for him and wait until he is napping or down for the night before I even prepare something for myself or the hubs and I. Essentially I am driving myself crazy making 2 lunches and 2 dinners a lot of the time!

  2. Hey! I made these yesterday! Only I did the vegetarian thing, because we have been eating A LOT of chicken lately! So I put my homemade refried beans (just learned how to make those...oh yeah!) and brown rice mixed with sauce and monterrey jack cheese. I used Corn tortillas too, and made my own red sauce, and just put sour cream on the top when I served them....sooo, I guess they weren't really like yours at all, but you inspired me! Ha ha! But they were GREAT!