Skillet Enchiladas with Ground Chicken
with poblanos / corn
We're always looking to create new variations on skillet enchiladas. This stove-top twist on the classic enchilada is fast, easy, and offers a variety of flavors and textures in just one pan. We last featured this version in 2019.
Smarts: Don’t let the sauce simmer too long and over-reduce. You want enough sauce to coat the ingredients without completely saturating them.
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Cumin, ground - 2 tsp
- Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
- Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
- Tomato paste - 6 Tbsp
- Adobo sauce - 1 Tbsp (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
- Stock, any type - 2 cups
- Onions, medium - 1, diced
- Poblano peppers - 2, diced
- Zucchini - 12 oz, cubed
- Tortillas, corn and taco-sized - 8, chopped into bite-sized pieces
- Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp, chopped
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Chicken breast, ground - 1 lb (sub ground turkey)
- Red Enchilada Sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 cups
- Corn, frozen - 1 cup
- Cheese, Monterey Jack, shredded - 6 oz (sub cheddar)
- Sour cream - 1/4 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
Make enchilada sauce - Combine oil (portion for the sauce), cumin, oregano, and garlic powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until spices are fragrant. Whisk in tomato paste, Adobo sauce, and stock. Simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors come together. Taste and add more Adobo sauce if you’d like it spicier. Season with some salt and pepper. (Note: The sauce should be thin. Don’t let it simmer too long and over-reduce.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Cilantro - Chop cilantro.
Turn on oven’s broiler.
Heat a large oven-safe skillet with oil (portion for enchiladas) over medium-high heat. Add onions and peppers with a pinch of salt. Saute until soft, ~4 minutes.
Add chicken, breaking apart, and saute until nearly cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes.
Add zucchini and saute until it begins to soften, ~2 minutes more.
Pour sauce over top and add corn. Stir until sauce begins to simmer, ~1 minute. Taste and season with some salt and pepper, if needed.
Remove skillet from heat and stir in tortillas. Top with cheese.
Transfer to oven and broil until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, ~3 minutes. (Watch it closely to prevent burning.)
Serve skillet enchiladas with sour cream and cilantro on top. Enjoy!
I used ground turkey instead of chicken and pickled jalapeños instead of poblanos because I had them on hand. I used a whole tablespoon of Adobo sauce because I freeze it in T increments. The dish definitely had a kick but not too overpowering. Came together pretty quickly too.1 Helpful
Skillet enchiladas are always a hit in our house and these were no exception!0 Helpful
Love this dish! Huge Mexican fan so this was a great way to still incorporate it and stay healthy. I chopped up a chicken breast into small pieces instead of using ground chicken. Just a personal preference. Flavor was great!0 Helpful
A favorite! I love the enchilada sauce and double it so it's saucy and any leftovers don't dry out.0 Helpful
R loved it, A was eh. I deconstructed it to allow picky kids to only eat what they wanted.0 Helpful
Increased the spice amounts to bring up the flavor, and just spread the chopped tortillas on top to keep them from getting soggy. It came together nicely, so we’ll be making it again!0 Helpful
Thought this was excellent! My husband and I love spicy food so I did finely chop up one adobo pepper and add it to the enchilada sauce. My husband said it was his favorite enchilada sauce.0 Helpful