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Next time you find yourself looking for chicken dinner ideas, give these Chicken Chilaquiles a try. They are packed full of flavor and come together even faster if you have shredded chicken on hand!

Chicken Chilaquiles

Photo and Recipe Updated June 2014




Originally posted March 27, 2009 – Since first making this recipe over 5 years ago, it has become a household favorite. And although I didn’t even know how to say chilaquiles back then, I’m sure my kids will grow up knowing exactly what this recipe is all about!! This quick and easy dinner idea is sure to become a favorite for your family, too!

Today’s confession – I don’t even know how to say the title of this recipe. My husband kept asking me what I was making for dinner, and I just kept saying “a chicken dish!” So if anyone can help me out, I’d love to know how to say this!

I usually try to make a wide range of recipes from each Cookbook of the Month, but looking back right now, realize that 3 of the 4 recipes I’ve made are all chicken recipes this month! But it’s all good, because all of the recipes are good! This is probably my favorite of the 3 recipes. It’s super easy, especially if you use a rotisserie chicken like I did. A friend of mine actually posted on her personal blog, wanting suggestions to make chicken dishes because she felt like she was in a rut. This recipe was the first one that came to my mind. You could easily use a whole chicken, a rotisserie chicken, or even chicken breasts that you have either roasted or poached. And the rest of the recipe comes together in no time flat.

This recipe rated high with both my husband and I, so I really think it would be a hit with your family!

Recipe Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Easy Chicken Chilaquiles

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Chicken Chilaquiles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Chilaquiles

Next time you find yourself looking for chicken dinner ideas, give these Chicken Chilaquiles a try. They are packed full of flavor and come together even faster if you have shredded chicken on hand!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • coarse salt
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4 cups tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese

Instructions

  1. Combine oil and garlic in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and sizzling, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add undrained tomatoes, chipotles and adobo, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; season with salt. Reduce heat and simmer rapidly until lightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add chicken and cook, stirring, until hot, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in chopped cilantro.
  4. Divide chips among four shallow bowls; top with chicken mixture and sauce. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, sour cream, and queso fresco. Serve.

Notes

http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/cookbook-of-the-month-recipe-chicken-chilaquiles/

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50 Responses to Chicken Chilaquiles

  1. Kathy says:

    Chee-la-kee-las!!!! We love them!!! They are our favorite!!! Here’s a version that we use http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/007358chilaquiles.php Can’t wait to try yours!!!

  2. Kassy says:

    Oh, these look good! I may have to try them :)

  3. Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow says:

    Yum! I make chicken all of the time. Beef just hasn’t sounded great to me. Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Michelle says:

    Oh cool! Contests are fun, huh? The one I’m doing now is my 1st and I’m enjoying it :-)

  5. Kate says:

    I’m a huge Everday Food Magazine fan, but don’t have the cookbook. I’d love to win it. And I’m going to put this dish on my meal plan very soon. Looks great!

  6. Jillian says:

    I really like Everyday Food! Thanks for sharing!

  7. midwestmom3 says:

    We love this recipe too!
    It is easy, fast, and tastes great!

  8. Megan says:

    I confess, I don’t know how to pronounce it either – so much for 6 years of Spanish (jr and sr. high school).

    I’ve already entered your drawing, but I’m going to cook more chicken just to make that dish!

  9. Emily and Tom says:

    Mmmm…you’ve got my mouth watering with this one. My kids might even like it!

  10. Ingrid says:

    Looks good, I’m all about quick,easy,and delish!
    ~ingrid

  11. Ryley says:

    This looks so good!

    Do you eat it like Nachos???

    Or just eat it like a chicken stewy type dish??

    Sorry.. just curious! :)

  12. Ryley says:

    ps. Chee-lah-KEE-less!

  13. Scott and Melissa says:

    I make chicken all the time so it is nice to see other renditions. I get in ruts too! Thanks for posting this great recipe!!

  14. Tiff says:

    I’ve made these before and thought that they were Ok. I’ve made many things from Everyday Food and love their simplicity!

  15. Dawn says:

    that is a fast recipe! and with all the flavors. I must print this one.

  16. Marta says:

    I was looking for a chilaquile recipe, this looks like a yummy version! Thanks!

  17. Elyse says:

    I’ve been eying this Martha Everday Food recipe for quite some time, and I think I need to make it after your rave reviews. Yours looks absolutely delicious! (I’ll join you in that confession: I stared at your blog post title for like 2 minutes trying to decide in my head how to pronounce the recipe name :). However it’s pronounced, it sure looks yummy!

  18. robmba says:

    Ryley has the pronunciation right.

    In Mexico, this recipe is a way of using up old stale corn tortillas. They fry the tortillas so you end up with tortilla chips, then throw the chips in with the chicken and sauce. So normally the chips are cooked in the sauce rather than just serving the sauce on top of the chips. It’s a great way to use up all the broken up chips at the bottom of a bag or soggy chips if you leave the bag open when the humidity is high.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Your recipes always look so appetizing. I need to try this recipe-it looks yum!!

  20. Jingle says:

    This looks SO good!!!! Thank you for the great recipe!

  21. Beer Lover says:

    Oh yeah! this one look terrific!

  22. Janell says:

    I just saw a similar recipe for these, but I’m with you—how do you say it??? I’m gonna have to try this recipe soon cause I know we’d like them at our house!!

  23. Sophie says:

    I just bought a whole chicken, I’ll be trying this recipe with the leftovers :). Lol this is actually a fun word to say, but I can see how it can be quite tough to pronounce. I think the first commenter did a good job of providing the pronunciation for it, though :).

  24. Jean Bugs says:

    Someone give me a spoon! This looks awesome:-)

  25. kat says:

    My husband would dive head first into that!

  26. gayle says:

    Just found your blog, and already I see a couple of dozen recipes I have to try!
    I’m going to go do a coin-flip now – Beef Quesadillas or Chicken Chilaquiles for supper tonight…
    Thanks for the recipes!

  27. steenbok68@gmail.com says:

    In Mexico these are considered breakfast. I love’em and could eat them any time of the day!

  28. Maria says:

    My hubs would love this one. That is a great cookbook, I really need to get it, or win it..ha!

  29. Mandi says:

    I bought this cokbook a couple years ago, and have LOVED it ever since. I have made these (I pronounce them chili-kellies…with a Utah accent) a couple times and just love them, but they are a trillion times faster with a rotisserie chicken from Costco!

    Love your site. I hate getting into the same old, same old rut, and love trying new things..much to my families dismay.

  30. Cathy says:

    Those look fantastic! They have found a place on my “recipes to try” list.

    clbeth at hotmail dot com

  31. Grace says:

    it doesn’t matter how much a person mangles the pronunciation of chilaquiles, they’re delicious. this is my kind of food. :)

  32. MindyW says:

    This looks pretty tasty! I wonder if you could throw it all in a crockpot with good results?

  33. Cammee says:

    oh, I would love that. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  34. Jaime Palmer says:

    Wow, those chilaquiles look awesome! I love Mexican food, but this is not a dish I’ve ever tried!

  35. Kevin says:

    The chicken chilaquiles look tasty!

  36. Mama Goose says:

    Um. Yum. ‘Nuf said.

  37. The Isom Eight says:

    I love chilaquiles! We devour them in our home! This recipe looks great!

  38. Crystal says:

    Chicken is great! I’ve never had these before, but they look great!

  39. Rochelle Yerrick says:

    Hello! I’m a new follower here, but LOVING your blog. Such great recipes…this cookbook looks awesome..I’d sure love to win it ;)

  40. Nama says:

    This looks delicious! I’ll be trying it soon. Thanks!

  41. Andrew & Carlene Wood says:

    looks sooo tasty
    carly~

  42. Andrew & Carlene Wood says:

    looks sooo tasty
    carly~

  43. Look Younger says:

    wow ! it looks so yummy!

  44. Carrie says:

    Made this last night using diced tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes. I thought I had some, but didn’t. What I’ll do differently next time: not put in so much tomato juice (final product was a little runny), put in a little sugar to combat the acidity of the tomatoes (was a little on the sour side), use 2 garlic cloves instead of 4 (my daughter found it too garlicky for her taste, a little overwhelming, but smelled great cooking), and cut out some olive oil. I used rotisserie chicken from the store, which my 8yo daughter shredded while I exercised. I also couldn’t find adobo sauce so I bought adobo spice with salt. I didn’t want to use the chipotle in adobo because it’d be too spicy for the family. The recipe came together so amazingly fast. It was awesome with the sour cream and a little shredded cheese. I also made tortilla chips using corn tortillas that I had in the fridge, lightly brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. We also ate it with Japanese rice, being from Hawaii, everything is great with rice. Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing such a quick and delish recipe!

  45. Noelle says:

    I ran into your blog and noticed this recipe. I made this last week, remembering how my grandmother made it back in Mexico. See my blog!

  46. I can see why this is a family favorite flavor wise. Plus it is probably a family favorite with the ‘cook’ too, because it’s easy. Yay! Kind of mini nacho dish.

  47. Nicole says:

    This is what I call a perfect dinner!

  48. Lara says:

    I say it more like
    chee-lay-key-LAYS!!

  49. This is such a great idea for a quick dinner, Deb. My family would absolutely love this, but they might insist that I top it with black olives. :)

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