We hosted a fellowship group in our home and it was my turn to cook the main dish. I’m no gourmet cook, but I like to prepare meals that fit my ability while being extra special at the same time. For this occasion I knew my chicken enchiladas would satisfy a crowd, fit the family budget and be somewhat simple to make.
In Paint by Numbers I mentioned, that as a new wife, I had to learn most of what I did from others. So, I found the good ol’ church cookbook to be a fine place to start. It wasn’t long until we had certain ‘staples‘ from the older women’s kitchens at our dining room table. Some of these recipes have been a part of our family mealtime ever since.
I remember Tim bragging to another young married friend about my chicken enchiladas. The friend argued there was no way mine could be any better than his wife’s. Once we compared notes – she and I realized we both used the SAME recipe from the SAME church cookbook! (we got a lot of these for wedding gifts)
One little church lady recorded her beloved recipe and two young wives took it as their own. The rest – is history. If YOU like it – keep it as your own as well. This recipe’s been time tested and probably tweaked a bit. (if the truth were known) A word of caution – if you use chicken parts it won’t be the same. The whole chicken makes all the difference. No cutting corners here.
1 whole chicken (organic is best)
2 Tbs butter
2 cans Taco Sauce (4 ½oz)
1 ½ cups chopped potatoes – boiled and drained
1/3 cup hot sauce (your favorite brand)
Cook chicken in simmering water until meat can be removed from bone. Melt butter in large skillet; add chopped chicken, taco sauce, hot sauce and potatoes. Stir together and cook on low for 15 minutes.
12 flour tortillas
8 oz sour cream (the kind WITH fat!)
Monterrey Jack Cheese – grated
Pickled Jalapeno pepper – sliced
Black Olives – sliced
Fill tortillas with chicken filling, roll and line in pan, top with cheese. Cook @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Top with sour cream, salsa and olives.
Serves 6 – 8 Obviously, I triple this recipe for a family meal and quadruple it if we’re to have leftovers!! Delicious!