Hello again! I’m Cathi, back from Cherry Blossom Kitchen with a healthy version of a traditional Mexican favorite. Chilaquiles! It’s savory, spicy, smoky, crispy; and seemingly really indulgent, but, it weighs in at only 293 calories and 2.5 grams fat per serving. There’s no guilt here! Pair it with a fruity, jammy Zinfandel to balance the smoky, spicy flavors. Delicious!!
Chilaquiles with Chicken and Black Beans
15 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into 1 inch strips (or 8 ounces tortilla chips)
1 cup yellow onion, sliced thin
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chicken broth; low sodium, fat free
2 (7 ¾ oz) cans salsa de chile fresco (prefer El Pato brand, found at Walmart)
1 chipotle in adobo, chopped
½ cup queso fresco (or mozzarella), crumbled
Spring of cilantro for garnish.
Preheat oven to 450°
Stack ½ of the corn tortillas if using, and cut into 1 inch strips. Repeat with other ½. Spread strips on a large baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, flip strips over and bake another 4-5 minutes to desired crispness.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add onion slices and sauté 5 minutes or until light brown.
Add garlic; sauté 1 minute stirring constantly to prevent burning.
Add cooked chicken; stir to combine, cook 1 minute.
Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in black beans.
Add broth, salsa and chipotle in adobo to skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring often to loosen bits in pan.
Carefully pour broth mixture into a large bowl or measuring cup. Set aside.
Place ½ of the tortilla strips (or chips) in bottom of skillet. Layer half of the chicken mixture over the strips; top with remaining strips and chicken mixture.
Pour broth mixture evenly over chicken mixture.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and tortilla strips are lightly browned.
Garnish with cilantro.
*Chilaquiles are often served with a fried egg, so, add one to each serving, if desired.
See you next month for another tasty, healthy recipe from Cherry Blossom Kitchen!!