Chicken Chilaquiles
Serves: 4-5
  • 12 ounce can whole tomatillos, drained (available in Mexican section of many grocery stores) or 8 medium size fresh tomatillos
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved and seeded and cut into several pieces (use two if you want it spicier)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken*
  • 8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese (2 cups)
  • ¾ cup cottage cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups best quality tortilla chips*
  • Crema Agria sour cream*
  • Salsa
  1. Puree tomatillos, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic and cumin in a food processor until smooth; set aside.
  2. Toss together chicken, half of the Monterey Jack cheese, cottage cheese and green onions; season with salt and pepper; fold in the tomatillo puree. Spread evenly in the bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan.
  3. Sprinkle tortilla chips over the chicken mixture. Top with remaining Monterey Jack cheese.
  4. Cover and bake at 375 degrees F. until heated, about 20 minutes; uncover and bake an additional ten minutes.
  5. Serve topped with sour cream and salsa.
*To cook chicken: begin with 1-1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. Put in single layer on a baking sheet; brush tops with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Roast in 375 F. degrees oven until cooked through, about 25 minutes (internal temperature 165 degrees F.). Remove from oven, allow sitting until cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes. Remove skin and bones; shred chicken or thinly slice.

*To fry tortilla chips: begin with six corn tortillas. Cut tortillas in half and then into triangles or cut into thin strips. Heat about 1 to 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy pan over medium heat to 350 degrees F. Fry cut tortillas, in batches, in the oil until crisp and lightly browned; remove to paper towels to drain; sprinkle with salt.

*Crema Agria sour cream is available in the dairy section of many grocery stores.
Recipe by A Year at the Table at