Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
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This is from a good friend and comes highly recommended. This takes a little bit of time to ensure you have good and juicy chicken and a nice broth to use not only in this recipe, but in other dishes as well. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
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This is from a good friend and comes highly recommended. This takes a little bit of time to ensure you have good and juicy chicken and a nice broth to use not only in this recipe, but in other dishes as well. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the chicken, you can use thighs, legs and thighs (quarters separated), or breasts. I would lean towards the plus side and go with 3-4 quarters or 4 breasts, no one will complain if you use more chicken. Once you make this, then just make a note as to how much chicken you used. Not only are you going to make tender and juicy chicken, you are going to make the broth you need for this recipe as well. Broth can be simply starting with water, or you can flavor that up by adding a chopped up carrot, onion, celery, and some black peppercorns, any or all work fine.
  2. In a large pot, add the chicken pieces. Add about 6 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a medium simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 20-30 minutes. Cut into a piece to check.
  3. When the chicken is cooked, simply turn off the heat and move the pot to an unused burner AND leave the chicken in the pot! The chicken will continue to cook a bit until the broth cools off, so a nearly done piece of chicken will be tender and juicy.
  4. Once the broth is at room temperature, remove the chicken and shred that. Goal is 3 cups shredded, if you are a little over that, perfectly fine.
  5. Pour the broth through a strainer, reserve 2 cups of broth for this recipe, and store the rest in the fridge for other uses, such as making rice.
  6. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and get out a 9x13 or 7x11 baking dish. I will clarify the size when I make this.
  7. In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, chicken, 1 cup of shredded cheese, lime juice, cumin, and chili powder. Mix together until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and as desired.
  8. Lay a tortilla on the counter, add 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture, roll and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat until all the chicken mixture is used.
  9. In a pan, melt the butter then whisk in the flour, continue whisking until the roux turns golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  10. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth the other half of the cream cheese, and the diced chilies. Continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened.
  11. Remove the sauce from the heat and pour evenly over the enchiladas.
  12. Top with the remaining Cheddar cheese and bake for 22-25 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Top with chopped cilantro.
  14. Serve with side dishes of your choice (refried beans and rice will be my choice).
Recipe Notes

Cheddar cheese will run about 270 Baht for 1 1/2 blocks. The Cream cheese is about 140 Baht. The chicken, figure 1 kilo of quarters at 52 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $3.61 per serving.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone.
United States.

Pork Chop Santa Fe
Pork Chop Santa Fe
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Sounds delicious, a must cook for me. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pork Chop Santa Fe
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Sounds delicious, a must cook for me. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Brown chops quickly, about 2 minutes per side. Lower heat and add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer 8 minutes, until internal temperature is 71 C / 160 F, followed by a 3 minute rest time.
  2. Serve with sides of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 125 Baht/kilo. I don't think for 4 thick slices would be a kilo, but just using that number, for 4 servings this is about 92 cents per serving. I have only seen pork chops in specialty chops and they are pricey. Going with just a loin that you cut yourself, money saver.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Easy Mexicali Pork Chops
Easy Mexicali Pork Chops
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These sounds very good and a really simple rub that can be from a packet or homemade. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Easy Mexicali Pork Chops
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These sounds very good and a really simple rub that can be from a packet or homemade. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rub pork chops on both sides with the taco seasoning mix. Heat a non stick skillet over medium high heat. Brush skillet with the oil. When the pan is hot, add pork chops and cook for about 7-8 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature is 71 C / 160 F, followed by a 3 minute rest time.
  2. Top with salsa if desired and sides of your choice, or thinly slice and serve in flour tortillas with tomato, lettuce, and salsa.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 125 Baht/kilo. I don't think for 4 thick slices would be a kilo, but just using that number, for 4 servings this is about 92 cents per serving. I have only seen pork chops in specialty chops and they are pricey. Going with just a loin that you cut yourself, money saver.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Salsa.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Mexican Chorizo
Mexican Chorizo
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Mexican Chorizo is the wet type of sausage, that is mainly used in bulk form, commonly mixed with eggs, potatoes, chilies, tacos, etc. This will keep in the fridge for several weeks. This is a base recipe that you can use and tailor the spices to your preference.
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Mexican Chorizo
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Mexican Chorizo is the wet type of sausage, that is mainly used in bulk form, commonly mixed with eggs, potatoes, chilies, tacos, etc. This will keep in the fridge for several weeks. This is a base recipe that you can use and tailor the spices to your preference.
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: grams of Chorizo
Instructions
  1. You can use either minced pork from the store, or as I like to do, is grind my own, as you can control the fat content of meat. I will use pork shoulder when I make this. If grinding your own, use the medium plate or the coarse (wagon wheel) plate.
  2. Add the coarse ground pork to a large bowl, add all other ingredients and mix well, use your hands to ensure a good mixing. You may need to increase the amount of vinegar.
  3. Pack into a large jar or ceramic bowl, cover and store in the fridge for up to several weeks. Best to sit overnight in the fridge before the first use.
  4. To use, just scoop some out and cook with scrambled eggs, diced potatoes, etc.
Recipe Notes

Pork will cost about 75 Baht for 750 grams. This can be added to various dishes so 750 grams will last for say 6-10 dishes. Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cilantro Lime Rice (Rice Cooker)
Cilantro Lime Rice (Rice Cooker)
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I am always looking for ways to change up rice. This is a great side dish with chicken or fish. I made this on 5 Dec 2017, perfect, very well liked by the family as well.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cilantro Lime Rice (Rice Cooker)
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I am always looking for ways to change up rice. This is a great side dish with chicken or fish. I made this on 5 Dec 2017, perfect, very well liked by the family as well.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the garlic to your rice cooker, then cook the rice according to your rice cooker instructions. After it has finished cooking, fluff with a fork.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the lime juice, oil, and salt. Drizzle over the fluffed rice and add the cilantro, mix together until the cilantro and dressing is evenly distributed.
  3. Serve as a side with chicken or fish, as a taco, in a burrito, many options.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mexican Rice II
Mexican Rice II
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Sounds good, I like Mexican Rice as a side with various Tex-Mex recipes. Only 3 ingredients as well unless you prepare the shortcut offered. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Mexican Rice II
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Sounds good, I like Mexican Rice as a side with various Tex-Mex recipes. Only 3 ingredients as well unless you prepare the shortcut offered. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan add the rice, chicken broth and enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir well, cover the pot, then turn down the heat to medium.
  2. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked, stirring occasionally.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and top with sliced green onions and cilantro if you desire. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Enchilada Sauce.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
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Sounds good, shrimp and peppers together is a good combination. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
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Sounds good, shrimp and peppers together is a good combination. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Main Ingredients
For Serving
Optional Items as Desired
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 230 C, and prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the Main Ingredients until vegetables and shrimp are evenly coated.
  3. Evenly disperse the seasoned shrimp and vegetable mixture on the prepared sheet tray and bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn up the heat to broil, and cook for another 5 minutes or so until the shrimp is pink and firm and the vegetables begin to get a nice char.
  5. Toast the tortillas over an open flame until charred on the edges, and serve everything on the sheet tray. Serve with desired optional toppings.
Recipe Notes

Go with medium white shrimp for 1bout 150 Baht/750 grams. For 8 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Salsa, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Mexican Corn
Mexican Corn
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Sounds like a perfect side for any Mexican dishes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Mexican Corn
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Sounds like a perfect side for any Mexican dishes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Fresh corn would be the best to use, but canned (drained) or even frozen corn can be used. For fresh corn, I would boil that first then cut from the cobs.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the corn, red bell pepper, zucchini, green onions and jalapeño and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes. Mix in the salsa and chopped cilantro. Stir until heated through, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Mexican Tortilla Casserole.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mexican Rice I
Mexican Rice I
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I look forward to making this and trying it out. I like a good Mexican rice, best I have eaten was in Pattaya at a friend's restaurant. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Mexican Rice I
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I look forward to making this and trying it out. I like a good Mexican rice, best I have eaten was in Pattaya at a friend's restaurant. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat and add the garlic and onion, when the onion is soft, then add the rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until the rice is golden brown. While rice is cooking, sprinkle with salt and cumin.
  2. When the rice is golden brown, stir in the tomato sauce and chicken stock and bring to a boil, once boiling, reduce to a low simmer, cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Add more chicken stock as needed to keep the rice from drying out. Fluff with a fork and serve as a side with any Mexican dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost any way you look at this.

Shortcut: Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Basic Chicken Fajitas
Basic Chicken Fajitas
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There is about as many ways to prepare fajitas as there is tacos, this is just a guide to start with and you can tailor this to make it your own. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 1-3 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 1-3 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Basic Chicken Fajitas
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There is about as many ways to prepare fajitas as there is tacos, this is just a guide to start with and you can tailor this to make it your own. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 1-3 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 1-3 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken strips, oil, lemon juice, and seasoning mix in a large zip lock bag, squeeze out the air and squish everything to mix and coat the chicken. Place in the fridge for 1 to 24 hours to marinate. Highly recommended to make the seasoning from the shortcut.
  2. After the chicken has marinated, drain off any excess liquid and cook in large pan with a splash of olive oil, along with the onion and bell pepper. Cook the chicken until browned and cooked through.
  3. Serve with tortillas and top with tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, and a lime wedge on the side if desired.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts will cost about 59 Baht/kilo. Using that number, for 6 servings, this is about 29 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Fajita Seasoning Mix.

Adapted from an internet recipe.