Make batch of Red Enchilada Sauce (see link above). Reserve the tomato and onion chunks from step 6 in this recipe.
Nestle the chicken into the sauce. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the chicken is completely cooked through (160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer), about 12-20 minutes.
Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside to cool.
Season the sauce with additional salt and pepper to taste.
Shred the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the bowl with the tomato/onion mixture.
Add in ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce, ½ cup of each of the shredded cheeses, and the cilantro.
Stir to combine.
Preheat the oven to 425 F.
Oil a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Stack the tortillas on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 40-60 seconds, until warm and pliable.
Spoon 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture evenly down the center of a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla around the filling tightly, and place in the prepared baking dish, seam-side down.
Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.
Lightly spray the tops of the enchiladas with cooking spray. Place in the oven, uncovered, for 7 minutes or until the tortillas start to brown slightly
Reduce the oven temperature to 400 F. Remove the enchiladas from the oven and pour the sauce oven the top.
Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.
Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is browned.
Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
*If you purchase red enchilada sauce from the store, you will need to saute a chopped medium white onion and one chopped tomato (roma or vine, seeded) in a bit of olive oil. This will be added to the chicken filling.Red chicken enchiladas can be made ahead, covered and stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days before baking.
Red Chicken Enchiladas
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 484Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Vitamin A 1665IU33%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.