Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas that did not skimp out on flavor!
The first point worth mentioning is the type of enchiladas we are looking at. Unlike a traditional or typical enchilada, sour cream enchiladas are not based in a chili-based sauce, rather a cream-based sauce. This cream, as the name suggests, is rooted in sour cream. Other cream-based enchilada sauces could also use heavy cream or potentially dairy-free options.
To start, let’s get into the filling. The protein for this variation is chicken, and as such our dataset was built around chicken. None of the recipes we sampled included cooking instructions for the chicken. We use a store bought rotisserie chicken and shredded it from there, but you could also cook chicken breast and shred it prior to the instructions we have provided.
However, despite not cooking the chicken for the recipe, it is important to season the filling. Of the recipes we sampled very few did anything to the chicken besides combine it with cheese. We saw this as a missed opportunity. Not only did we combine it with green chilis and some onions sautéed in butter, but we also upped the salt content to make sure the filling was good in of itself. Additionally, to help further distinguish it from the sauce we added some lime juice.
For the sauce itself, we noticed that the cream-based enchiladas had much lower spice content, if any at all. We wanted to keep our spice content up, using a simple 1:1:2 spice mix of coriander, cayenne, and cumin. This adds depth of flavor to the cream-based sauce and helps complement the cream and chilis in the sauce. Additionally, since sour cream is not the deepest cream flavor, we elected to start with a roux, which about 2/3 of the recipes we analyzed did. When combined with the filling, the deep flavored cream provides the perfect base for the filling to sit in.
Since the enchilada meat is already cooked, as is the sauce, the time in the oven is really just for the cheese. Letting the cheese get golden and crispy is essential and takes the dish to a whole new level. The time in the oven helps solidify and meld all the flavors together. We also highly recommend topping with tomatoes, cilantro and the remainder of the onion to bring even more fresh flavors into every bite.