May 12, 2010

What's for Dinner??? Mexican Chicken "Lasagna"

This is a pampered chef recipe that I have adapted a little to make a fabulous and easy Mexican dish. It's DELICIOUS!! As many of you may know I don't really cook with measurements but I will write them down to help those of you who cook with a little more structure :)


1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (I use a little more because I love it)

1- 8oz pkg cream cheese

1/2 c. sour cream

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (This is equal to 1 small bag- I use the Mexican cheese blend that they sell)

1 medium onion
1 can enchilada sauce (28 oz) You can make a small 15 oz can work but the bigger works better.

12- 6inch Corn tortillas ( I suppose you could use flour if you don't like corn but the corn ones taste so good in this dish)

3 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken (about 2 large boneless skinless breasts or 3 small ones)

Here's the Prep work-

-Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and microwave for 30-40 seconds to soften it up.
-Add cilantro, sour cream, 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese and mix
-Chop onion and place aside
-spread 2/3 C of the enchilada sauce over the bottom of the pan. (I use my pampered chef pan but I think these portions would fit just fine in a 9x9 pan)
-pour the rest of the Enchilada sauce into a small mixing bowl and set aside

To assemble the lasagna:

-Dip 4 tortillas in the enchilada sauce that you placed in the mixing bowl and arrange over the bottom of the pan overlapping as necessary.
-Spread 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture over the tortillas
-Sprinkle with 1/3 of the onions and 1/3 of the chicken
-Repeat layers one time (dip tortillas, spread cheese, sprinkle 1/3 chick and 1/3 onions)
-Dip 4 remaining tortillas in enchilada sauce and arrange over second layer.
-Top with remaining chicken and onions
-Pour remaining enchilada sauce over lasagna
-sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 c of shredded cheese.

Bake on 375 for 45-1hr minutes or until center is hot. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Sprinkle with extra chopped cilantro for garnish if you want! Enjoy!!

Like traditional lasagna, this can be prepared up to one night in advance. Just refrigerate and take out to cook when you are ready!

Makes 8 servings

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