Chicken enchiladas for one

I was looking for a better after work dinner the other night, and upon looking through our fridge I came up with:

Enchilada IngredientsTwo tortillas, a cooked chicken breast, green onions, half a yellow onion, half a jalapeno, some left-over enchilada sauce, and white cheddar cheese.

So from these leftovers, I decided to make chicken enchiladas “the quick version”. This is what I did:

First, heat up a tablespoon of canola oil on low to medium heat in a small skillet. Dice your jalapeno (I removed the seeds and veins first), about a quarter of the half of onion and toss it in the skillet. While your youngest is finishing his lunch perhaps:

IMG_5236So it will look like this at first:

IMG_5239Saute it for about five minutes, until translucent.

While it is sauteing, diced up your chicken and grab some half and half, or milk, sour cream, or heavy cream (whatever you have on hand…I had heavy whipping cream).

Add the diced chicken and about two tablespoons of your dairy item into the onion and jalapeno mixture.

IMG_5240Let that bubble up and cook down for about another five minutes on medium heat.

Perhaps while your youngest is on to coloring:

coloring 2And at which point your camera goes dead, so you switch to iPhone photos. Continuing on:

Line a loaf pan with foil (or you could use a small rectangle baking dish. Which would be great. I need that):

IMG_5243Grate your cheese (about a cup):

IMG_5241Then take your skillet off the heat. Grab two small tortillas and add half the mixture to each, then add a little bit of cheese and roll them up and stick them in the pan, seam side down:

enchilada 4

Then pour the sauce over top (about 1/2 a cup), add the grated cheese, and some chopped green onion:

enchilada 3Then I covered it with foil and stuck it in the fridge.

enchilada 2When you are ready to bake it in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes:

enchiladaUntil it’s all melted, messy, and bubbly. Oh and use non-stick foil. That’s a great idea.

Here is the all put together recipe:


1 cooked chicken breast

1/2 diced jalapeno (seeds and veins removed)

1 quarter of a yellow onion diced

1 cup of grated white cheddar cheese

1/2 cup enchilada sauce

1 -2 green onions diced

Canola oil

2 tbs of heavy cream or sour cream

2 small flour or corn tortillas


Heat canola oil on medium heat in a small skillet, and saute onion and jalapeno for five minutes. Then add chicken and cream and cook for five minutes. Remove from heat. Add half of the mixture to one tortilla and a tbs of cheese, then do the same to the remaining tortilla. Roll and put seam side down in a small baking dish. Top with enchilada sauce, green onions, and remaining cheese. You can cover and refrigerate for up to a day.

Cook uncovered in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and hot!

And then go help your child change the paper on his easel, which he is attempting to do on his own:

coloringGood job, J.

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