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Chicken is the star of these enchiladas

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With the help of rotisserie or roast chicken and easy, premade (or canned) enchilada sauce, these American Southwest-inspired enchiladas are ready in about an hour. Make them vegetarian by substituting the chicken with roasted vegetables, such as summer or winter squash, eggplant or mushrooms. For extra flavor and texture, add some fresh cilantro, or chopped raw onion or jalapeño to the filling before you roll up the enchiladas. Pre-shredded cheese (preferably cheddar or a Mexican blend) will help get this meal on the table even faster.

Chicken Enchiladas
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
• 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
• 1 medium poblano or green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 2 large tomatoes, cored and finely chopped
• Kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
• 2 cups cooked shredded chicken (from a roast chicken or rotisserie chicken)
• 2 1/2 cups enchilada sauce or from 2 (10-ounce) cans
• 12 ounces (3 cups) sharp cheddar, shredded
• Pico de gallo, for serving (optional)

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Using 2 tablespoons of the oil, lightly brush both sides of each tortilla. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high and, working in batches, cook tortillas until lightly browned and just starting to crisp but still pliable, 45 seconds to 1 minute per side. (This will prevent the tortillas from falling apart while cooking.) Set aside.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high and cook onion, poblano, garlic, tomatoes and juices, and 1 teaspoon salt, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until most of the liquid has evaporated and tomatoes begin to stick to the skillet, 9 to 11 minutes. Stir in chicken, 1/2 cup enchilada sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt until combined and just warmed through; remove from heat. Taste and season with additional salt, if necessary.

Pour 1/2 cup enchilada sauce into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, spreading to cover the bottom. Working one at a time, arrange a scant 1/4 cup of chicken down the center of the tortilla, roll to secure the filling and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and chicken, making sure they’re nestled right up against each other.

Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas, then scatter cheese on top. Bake until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is just beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm topped with pico de gallo, if desired. For leftovers, divide remaining enchiladas into portions of 2 or 3; wrap each portion tightly in plastic wrap or place in a freezer bag, squeeze out the air, seal and freeze for up to 3 months.
Total time: 65 minutes, serves 6.

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