Chicken Enchiladas Makeover

Another ATK makeover, and this one has the benefit that as we’re not really familiar with enchiladas, we’re not going to know what we’re missing!

I’m making my own tortillas for this. For authentic Mexican tortillas you’re supposed to use a corn-based flour called masa harina, but I couldn’t find any of that. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a good substitute; despite the name similarities cornflour isn’t a good substitute…

So what I’m doing is making my wheat tortillas and substituting some polenta in to try and get some corn flavour in there. So the ingredients are:

  • 200g wholemeal plain flour
  • 50g course polenta
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1.5tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 180ml lukewarm milk

It all starts with the dry ingredients.


These get whisked together, then the oil and milk are added to form a dough.


This seemed much wetter than normal, and took a lot of extra flour while kneaded, and involved my hands getting horribly sticky. Next time I’ll do this in the mixer! Anyway… 10 minutes kneading and I’ve got a nice dough.


This stands for 20 minutes before it gets divided into 8 balls ready for rolling out.

CameraZOOM-20130810153537081Rolling these out to nice round shapes has always been difficult. So I’ve invested in an Indian Chapati-style rolling pin called a belan. It’s much thicker in the middle, and lets you roll from the middle outwards over and over without stretching the sides at the same time.

CameraZOOM-20130810153933762After rolling one out it goes into a dry, non-stick frying pan for a couple of minutes on each side. While it’s frying I roll out the next one.

CameraZOOM-20130810153825875After lots of repetition, I’ve got my 8 tortillas.

CameraZOOM-20130810155409786Then it’s time for the sauce and chicken. This starts with frying up onion, garlic, cumin, lots of chilli powder (3 tablespoons: we approve!) & sugar, then adding pasata (sieved tomatoes) and water and boiling it down a bit.

CameraZOOM-20130810181327386 Into this you put your chicken and let it cook through, then pull out the chicken and shred it up with forks.

CameraZOOM-20130810185236845The remaining sauce gets sieved, and the lumpy parts added to the chicken.

CameraZOOM-20130810185548951To the chicken mixture we add reduced fat cheddar, coriander, jalapeño peppers and some of the sieved liquid.


This gets spooned into the tortillas.

CameraZOOM-20130810190257034These get rolled up and put in an oven dish.

CameraZOOM-20130810190754134 The sauce then gets poured over the top, and the rest of the cheese sprinkled on top. Unsurprisingly some of the mixture was left over, so we added a few spoons of sauce to it and kept for use later.

CameraZOOM-20130810191008399This gets covered with aluminium foil and baked for 25 mins at 160c fan. Once it’s done we turned off the oven and went to work on some potatoes. Rice might have been more authentic, but we had potatoes taking up space in the fridge… so we fried these up with a pepper and the sauce mixture we saved earlier.


We then revealed the enchiladas!


We served with lime wedges and some creme fraiche.


Turns out we both love spicy, healthy enchiladas like this! OK we had double portions that may have lessened the healthy part… but we’d have had double portions of the less healthy version, so it’s still a win!





2 thoughts on “Chicken Enchiladas Makeover

  1. I think I might have cheated and made thin pancakes instead of making tortillas which involved a lot more work. Good on ‘ya though, for doing authentic stuff.


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