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Green Bell Pepper Enchilada Sauce

The other colors might have a sweet edge on green bell peppers, but don’t count them out of your recipe rotation! Their slightly bitter taste makes them a perfect contender for enchilada sauce—particularly once they’ve been charred in the oven and blitzed with punchy jalapeños and lime juice.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Peppers

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Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Green Bell Pepper Sauce

  • Author: Misfits Market

Ingredients

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Green Bell Pepper Sauce

  • 6 green bell peppers
  • 1 white onion, halved
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chicken stock or water
  • ½ cup cilantro, leaves and tender stems
  • 3 cloves garlic, skins removed
  • 1½ tablespoons lime juice
  • Kosher salt

Enchiladas

  • 3 cloves garlic, skins removed and smashed
  • ⅓ cup cilantro, leaves and tender stems
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 8 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup Mexican crema or sour cream
  • Red or white onions, thinly sliced, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving

Instructions

  1. For the green bell pepper sauce, arrange the top oven rack to the second rung from the top (around 6 inches from the broiler) and preheat to 475 degrees F.
  2. Place the whole bell peppers, onion, and jalapeños on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over both sides of the bell pepper mix. Roast, flipping everything halfway through, until the skin of the bell peppers is browned and blistered, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the jalapeños earlier if they are getting too browned, and cut the stems off once cooled. Let the bell peppers cool (they should look deflated and wrinkly), then remove the skin, stems, and seeds.
  3. Transfer bell peppers, jalapeños, onions, and any roasting juices to a food processor. Add chicken stock, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice. Bliz to form a smooth purée. Transfer sauce to a large bowl and season with salt to taste.
  4. For the enchilada filling, add garlic and cilantro to a medium pot. Fill with water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and poach chicken breasts until cooked through, 9 to 11 minutes. Transfer chicken to a large bowl and let cool. Shred the chicken into small pieces with either your fingers or two forks.
  5. To assemble, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Grease a 2-quart baking dish and spread a layer of sauce on the bottom. Working 1 tortilla at a time, soften by heating each one in a dry, hot pan for 5 seconds on each side. Dip each tortilla into the sauce, place on a plate, and fill with ¼-⅓ cup of shredded chicken. Roll into a log, then transfer into the baking dish, seam-side down. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  7. Top with cheese, then spread remaining sauce over top. Bake until the cheese is melted and begins to bubble, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Meanwhile, combine sour cream (if using) and 1 tablespoon water, and season with salt.
  9. Serve enchiladas with the crema, extra cheese, sliced onion, and cilantro on top.

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