Friday, January 29, 2010

Sneaky Chicken Enchiladas

This sneaky recipe is a hybrid of one of Chase Lapine's recipes and my own. I made the fully loaded enchiladas for myself and Evan, but stuck to the alternate kid version for Isaiah. The key with the sneaky recipes is to make the purees in advance so you have them on hand and ready when you're cooking dinner. For this one, I used the Orange Puree.

Orange Puree
1 sweet potato or yam, 3 carrots
  • Chop up the potato & the carrots nice and small. Cover with cold water and boil for 20 minutes until nice and soft. Puree in a food processor, adding water until smooth.

Sneaky Chicken Enchiladas
1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)
1 small can green chiles
chicken breasts
tortillas (4)
onion & garlic (to taste)
shredded cheese
salsa (optional)
Orange Puree
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with PAM.
  • Saute the onion and garlic until soft. Add the chicken and cook through. Shred the chicken into small pieces to make it easier to stuff into the tortillas.
  • Add black beans & chiles. Cook until mixture is thickened.
  • Spread a couple tablespoons of Orange Puree over the middle of each tortilla. Top with cheese to hide the healthy stuff!
  • Spoon chicken/bean mixture into each tortilla. Top with cheese and salsa (if desired).
  • Roll tortillas and place in foil lined pan. Top tortillas with shredded cheese. Bake for 12 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sneaky Kid's Quesadilla

  • Smear the Orange Puree inside a tortilla and top with cheese and as much chicken as your kid will handle. Fold quesadilla in half.
  • Heat some vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook quesadilla on either side until golden brown and cheese is nice and melted. Cut with pizza cutter and serve with salsa!


Isaiah loved his quesadilla! He "helped" me make dinner and he was sneaking bites of cheese out of his tortilla so he was super excited to eat it after I got it out of the skillet. I was shocked that he liked the salsa, but he tried it and just figured it was one more thing to dunk stuff in. Score! As for our Chicken Enchiladas, even my picky husband ate the whole thing and even seemed to enjoy it. I found that the Orange Puree added a nice sweetness that worked well with the chicken and played off the salsa in mine very nicely. A big hit! Will definitely be making this one again!

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