Chicken Chile Enchiladas
Chicken Chile Enchiladas
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Recipe Yield: Serves 4

1 15-ounce can Hatch red enchilada sauce (or your favorite brand)
1 8-count package taco-size soft tortillas
1 pound cooked shredded chicken (from a rotisserie chicken, or 2 to 3 cooked chicken breasts; or from my favorite pressure-cooker chicken)
1 small to medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 4-ounce can diced green chiles
2 1/2 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheese — Mexican blend, Monterey Jack, and/or cheddar are all equally lovely
Sour cream, to serve (optional)

If you'd like to bake your enchiladas to serve right away or prior to freezing, preheat the oven to 375°F. If freezing, line two small (8x8-inch) or one large (9x13-inch) pans with parchment — this allows you to lift the frozen enchiladas out of the dish and store them as a solid block in your freezer.

Ladle enough enchilada sauce into your dish(es) to cover the bottom in a thin layer of sauce — about 1/4 to 1/3 cup for smaller rectangular dishes that hold 2 to 3 tortillas, and about 1/2 to 2/3 cup for a 9x13-inch pan that holds 6 to 8 tortillas.

Line up as many tortillas on your work surface as will comfortably fit in the dish, using the side "flaps" of each tortilla to prop them open against each other.

Scoop about 1/2 cup chicken into each tortilla. Divide the bell pepper and green chiles evenly between the tortillas, sprinkling the pieces on top of the chicken. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons shredded cheese into each tortilla, then drizzle about 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce over the filling.

Roll the tortillas up, folding them over as you roll so the seamed side of each tortilla is face-down in the pan and the sauce-covered "bottom" is now on top.

Sprinkle the tortillas evenly with the remaining cheese, then drizzle the remaining enchilada sauce on top.

Moment of truth: The enchiladas can either be baked immediately and served for dinner, baked and then frozen once cooled, or frozen now and baked later.

If baking right away: Bake freshly assembled enchiladas for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling.

Serve immediately, or cool completely, then cover and freeze. Once frozen solid, use the parchment to lift the block out of the pan; tightly wrap in foil and keep frozen for up to 3 months. Leftovers can also be frozen as individual servings. Don't forget to write reheating instructions on the package.

To freeze unbaked enchiladas: Cover the casserole dish with a lid or wrap tightly with foil and freeze directly in the dish. Once frozen solid, lift the block out of the pan and wrap tightly i

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