Chicken Enchiladas

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How many of you use your slow cookers all year round?  I wish I could say my hand was up with all of you.  No, I tend to only pull mine out during the winter months.  But really the summer is the time I should be using it the most.  On hot summer days when I know we are going to be spending the day at the pool, I need to be better at putting a meal in that morning.  Because when I get home from the pool, the only thing I feel like making is cereal and milk.

Luckily my family loves cereal for dinner, so they don’t mind those days.  It just can’t be every single one.   
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I was very excited to get the chance to review the Ninja Cooking System.  Now this is where you need to get very excited…one of you is going to win one of these bad boys to review.  Make sure you scroll down to enter this great giveaway.

Let’s talk about this cooker and how extremely cool it is.  It roasts.  It slow cooks.  It steams.  It sears.  It BAKES!  Yes, you read that right.  This cooker bakes too…it came with the cutest little muffin pan that goes inside it.  I am totally stoked to make baby muffins in this machine.   Oh, and the inside of the cooker is non stick, so whatever you choose to make in it will wipe clean in a hurry.

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Today’s recipe is for Chicken Enchiladas.  I bought a whole chicken with every intention of slow cooking it, but then I forgot to put it in that afternoon.  Imagine that…me, forget about real food.  Not a shocker is it?  I was probably too busy thinking of things like Reese’s Rocky Road Brownies or Banana Split Cheesecake.

So at about 10 pm that night, I remember that I need to cook the chicken, so we can have a real dinner the next night.   At this time of night I didn’t want to be up for 3-4 hours waiting on a slow cooker.  That’s what is so great about this cooker…I can choose which option I want to use to cook the meat.  I put the chicken in the pan and seasoned it before turning on the oven feature.  After about an hour and 15 minutes, my house was filled with the smell of cooked chicken.  And my kitchen was still cool, even though it was hot outside.

I pulled the meat off the bones, and placed it in my mixer to shred the meat.  Have you tried doing that before?  It’s a fun little trick I saw on pinterest, and I love it.  Your mixer does all the work of shredding for you…just make sure the meat is still hot.  It works best that way.  You will use half the chicken for these enchiladas and then I have another recipe for you to use the other half later this week :-)

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Dinner prep the next day was so easy because my chicken was already cooked and shredded.  All I had to do was mix the chicken and veggies and make the green sauce that goes over the enchiladas.  The sauce is another easy thing to make.  Everything gets put in the blender.  As I was watching the sauce mix, I realized I was also using my Ninja blender to whip up the green sauce.  We are definitely becoming quite the Ninja loving family.  No they did not pay me to promote them.  I just really love their products.

I also love that the sauce matches my kitchen walls.  Nice.

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I have been wanting to try out this enchilada recipe for a while.  I found it in a Bible study book that I had been reading, and with just a few adaptations it is definitely one that we will be making again and again.

The chicken and veggie filling is simple but delicious.  I did add some extra veggies to make it a little bit more filling.  The original recipe also called for sour cream in the sauce, but I wanted to lighten it up some, so I used greek yogurt instead.

My family gave these the thumbs up.  Now I need to find some more meals this easy to make.  I am really starting to get used to this whole prepare dinner thing.

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Chicken Enchiladas

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken and veggie enchiladas baked in a light green sauce.

Ingredients

3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 can black beans (15 oz.)
1 can corn (15 oz.)
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies (10 oz. each)
1/2 cup taco sauce
4 cups chicken broth, divided
1/2 cup packed cilantro
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon pepper
3 Tablespoons flour
1/4 cup butter
8 burrito sized tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Combine the chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, and taco sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Add 2 cups chicken broth, cilantro, yogurt, cumin, and pepper to a blender. Blend until smooth. Heat the butter in a skillet until melted. Stir in the flour and cook 1 minute. Slowly stir in the other 2 cups of broth until creamy. Add to the mixture in the blender.
  3. Lay out all your tortillas. Divide the chicken mixture onto each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in a greased 9x13 pan. Cover the enchiladas with the green sauce. Top with cheese. Bake at 350* uncovered for 30-35 minutes. Serves 6-8.

Notes

Recipe has been adapted from one found in The Living Room Series: Ruth: Loss, Love, & Legacy

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/07/chicken-enchiladas/

 

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*Ninja Kitchen provided Inside BruCrew Life with a cooking system to review. No other payment was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Comments

  1. Kelley Galyen says

    I think I would try the Enchilada Recipe. I have never made them before and these look delicious!

  2. says

    I love using a slow cooker in the summer – saves heating up the oven and kitchen. I would probably use the Ninja to take care of some baking first – never baked in a slow cooker before!
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  3. says

    These look delicious and so easy! Thanks for the recipe. As for the slow cooker, I love making Italian Beef and pulled pork.

  4. Cheryl Newton says

    I’d like to say that I’d get out all my recipe binders (I think I’m up to 12 now) and plan a decent complete slow cooker (cuz it’s hot) meal, but realistically I’d probably throw in some chicken, salsa and taco seasoning and — voila! — tacos.

  5. Kathie M says

    I would make a few different types of food for my twins. :) It would be a great blessing to our kitchen as they start eating more solid/mushy foods!!

  6. LinhC says

    I would use it to make your enchilada recipe. We’re having chicken quesadillas tonight and I bought a grocery store rotisserie chicken to use. If I had this Ninja slow cooker, I could save money by buying a raw whole chicken and cook it myself.

  7. Laura R says

    The enchiladas look so good. I think I would have to make the chicken and then follow it up with something baked.

  8. says

    The green sauce sounds delicious.I love the fresh flavor of cilantro! My husband always orders enchiladas verdes when we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant. I think I will surprise him and make them at home this week! p.s. Cereal for dinner is a treat for the cook and the kids!
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  9. sharonjo says

    I love to bake so would probably try a cake or cupcakes using the steam-infused baking function. Thanks so much!

  10. Auntiepatch says

    Baking, roasting, etc. in one machine???!!! I’m in for cupcakes, muffins, chicken and dumplings, cherry cobbler, chicken enchiladas, you name it!

  11. Darlene says

    Would love to win this cooking system. First thing would probably be chicken–for shredded chicken sandwiches. Thanks.

  12. Diane Evans says

    Hard question…I think I would try something that takes long in the oven,,,,Pulled pork, spareribs, or chicken. Would love to try baking in it for the HOT summer! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  13. Starlia says

    An actual seared before roasting pot roast. I hate dirtying extra pans when the point was a one-pot slow-cooker meal :)

  14. Jill McClure says

    I just got a new job and the slow cooker would come in handy for feeding my family when I can’t be home. I desperately need a new blender too. There is still time to make some great smoothies this summer!

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  16. Trina Ryefield says

    I think I would make Barbacoa Beef, and then use your very yummy looking enchilada sauce to pour on top!

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