Chicken and Cheese Chilaquiles

Chicken Chilaquiles
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  • 32 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4-6
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Chilaquiles are a quick dish usually made with leftover corn tortillas and cheese. This recipe includes chicken for a heartier flavor and texture.

What You'll Need

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil or lard
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 4 green onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground chile powder
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 6 oz sour cream
  • Salt to taste
  • 16 oz. queso fresco
  • 2 oz cotija

How to Make It

Prepare the tortillas

  1. Cut the tortillas lengthwise into one-inch strips.
  2. Heat the oil or lard in a large frying pan or skillet for about a minute.
  3. Pinch a tiny corner off of a tortilla and drop it into the pan. If it just sits there, the oil is not hot enough.  If it sizzles and floats to the top, the oil is hot and ready.
  4. Break up the strips with your fingers and very carefully drop them into the pan. Fry them in the oil until they become golden and crispy.
  1. Remove the strips from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain off the excess oil.
  2. Pour the remaining oil out of the pan and discard it but do not wipe the pan out. Leave the oil residue in for the next step.

Prepare the Chicken

  1. Boil the chicken breasts until cooked through.
  2. Place them in bowl and use a mixer (egg beater or whisk style)  to shred the chicken. Set it aside.

Prepare the Sauce and Vegetables

  1. Cut the root portion off of each green onion and discard it. Slice the green onion all the way up, into rings. Remove the peel from the garlic and discard the skin, and chop up the clove (or you can use a garlic press if you have one.)
  2. Seed and dice the jalapeno and discard the seeds and stem. Heat the oiled pan over medium heat and begin to cook the squash, onions, garlic and jalapeno.
  3. Cook it for about 2 minutes to soften the vegetables and release the flavors. Add in the butter and let it melt. Sprinkle in the chile powder and flour.
  4. Mix together to work the flour and butter together.
  5. Very slowly, pour in a few tablespoons of broth and mix it in, then add a few more. Repeat until all the broth has been added.
  6. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn it down to a simmer and continue to stir occasionally until it begins to thicken. Stir in the sour cream and mix until smooth.

Assembling and baking the dish

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In an 8x8 baking dish, place a layer of the fried tortilla strips. Drizzle about half of the sauce over it and half of the chicken and a handful of cheese. Add another layer of strips, followed by a layer of sauce, chicken and cheese. Continue to layer until all the strips and sauce have been used. Top with the remaining crumbled queso fresco and bake for about 12 minutes.
  1. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the cotija over the top and serve with additional fresh sour cream, and chopped fresh cilantro.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 775
Total Fat 43 g
Saturated Fat 20 g
Unsaturated Fat 14 g
Cholesterol 150 mg
Sodium 1,049 mg
Carbohydrates 52 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Protein 45 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)