Paleo Enchiladas

What’s up good people? I made this and the kids loved it. The grown ups too. I didn’t measure anything when I was cooking, but I guesstimated the amounts for you 🙂 I’m usually not far off. LOL. Let me know if you made it 🙂

This was enough for 4 adults and 2 children.

INGREDIENTS:

6 skinless & boneless chicken thighs

1 six-piece pack of Siete cassava burrito tortillas

1 jar Siete enchilada sauce (mild was perfectly hot for children & adults)

2 packs Daiya Cheez Sauce (1 box has 3 packs)

Daiya shredded cheez (a mix, or mozzarella, or cheddar; depending on taste preference)

Fresh cilantro leaves; chopped up a bit

Oil or butter for the baking pan

OPTIONAL: Raw rice (you’ll mostly use the chicken water to cook the rice. See instructions at the end.)

CHICKEN’S SEASONING: All of these ingredients will go in with the chicken and the water.

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 small or ½ medium onion (I used sweet onion); chopped in small squares (or longwise & thin)

1 packet of Sazon Completo with coriander & annatto

1 tsp. or so of onion powder

1 tsp. or so of cumin

1 tsp. or so of ground sage or sage powder

2 tsp. or so Goya’s Adobo seasoning (I used the one with the red top)

2 tsp (sweet) paprika

2 tsp. or so of garlic powder

Enough water to just cover the chicken in the pot.

Instructions:

Wash your chicken how you usually do it.

FOR THE NEW COOKS: If you’re new to cooking, or to washing raw chicken, you can use the same pot you’re going to cook the chicken in, or a different bowl. Try to eliminate cross-contamination by clearing things out of your sink where you’ll wash your chicken. You can also rinse the chicken with water & lemon juice. When all done rinsing, or when you’re done cooking, be sure to sanitize the space/counter/sink where the raw chicken was washed/handled.

With the chicken thighs in a pot, add enough water to just cover the chicken.

Put the chicken pot on a stove & turn the heat to high.

Add all the “SEASONING” ingredients to the pot with the chicken.

Stir it all up gently, cover the pot, and wait for it to boil. As soon as it does, reduce the heat to medium and let the chicken cook covered for 40-45 minutes.

During the last 5 minutes, or so, of the chicken boiling, turn on the stove to 400 degrees F.

Turn off the chicken when 40-45 minutes have passed, and cut the chicken with sheers, directly in the pot. If you’re concerned about the sheers scratching the stove, or metal-to-metal contact, then use a spoon with drain holes to put the cooked chicken on a cutting board or other bowl. Leave the water in the pot.

Oil the bottom of the baking pan, long enough pan to accommodate six burritos and sauce

Get a burrito wrap & put it on the pan

Squeeze a line of Cheez sauce on the wrap

Add about 3 tbsps of chicken on top of the Cheez sauce

Wrap up the burrito and put in one end of the pan, and leave the ends of the burritos open

Get the next wrap and repeat until all six wraps are done

Pour the enchilada sauce on top of the wrapped burritos and spread

Get the rest of the Cheez sauce and drizzle it all over the burrito wraps. I kind followed a zig zag thing, but just ensured I had an even amount everywhere.

Add up to ½ of the chicken water to the edges of the burrito wraps, so the sides don’t get too dry.

Spread the Daiya shreds all over

Sprinkle the cilantro all over now, or save it for when it is all cooked.

Cover the pan securely (but don’t fret it) with aluminium foil and stick the pan in the oven for 30 minutes.

OPTIONAL: If you are going to make rice with the chicken water, check this out:

If you’re a measurer, measure the liquid out of the pot to see how much you have to work with. Then decide how much rice you’ll make and if you need to add water to the liquid in the chicken pot.

If you’re not a measurer, well, add some rice to the pot with the liquid in it, add some more water if needed.

EITHER WAY: Stir and let it cook for 20 minutes on medium-low. 4.5 if you’re using an electric stove. I’d say a low to med. low flame if using a gas-range.

When the enchiladas are done, get them out and serve. You can easily cut pieces off like lasagna, or take a whole burrito wrap.

It will be doughy because of how the cassava flour behaves when cooked with liquid, but it won’t be soupy. It will be cheezy and delicious!

Salud!

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