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Cheesy Cornbread Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Skillet in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon with jalapeño peppers and cilantro

A warm, satisfying skillet filled with chicken enchiladas and topped with Mexican style cornbread.  It is quick and easy, as well as healthy which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight.  

  • Author: Whole New Mary
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

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Skillet Ingredients:

1 Tbsp avocado oil (or other vegetable oil)

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped bell pepper

1 cup chopped zucchini 

1 tsp salt

1 lb chicken breasts

1 cup chicken stock

1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce (store bought, or my recipe found here)

Cornbread Ingredients:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup corn meal

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup low-fat shredded Mexican style cheese (divided into 2 half-cup portions)

1 cup low-fat kefir or buttermilk

2 Tbsp melted butter, slightly cooled

1 egg

14 oz can of green chiles (do not drain)

1/2 cup frozen or drained canned corn

Optional Ingredients:

Pickled jalapeño peppers

cilantro

sour cream

avocado

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°.  

1.  In a 10 inch cast iron skillet (or other oven safe skillet), sauté the onion, bell pepper and zucchini in 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat.  Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until vegetables become tender.

2.Nestle the chicken breasts into the vegetables.  Pour the chicken stock and enchilada sauce over the chicken.  Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, uncovered, or until the chicken is cooked through.  

3.  While the chicken is cooking, in a large bowl, stir together the flour, corn meal, sugar, salt, baking powder and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. Set aside.

4.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the kefir or buttermilk and the egg.  Then stir in the melted butter,  green chiles, and corn. Set aside.

5.  When the chicken is cooked through, turn off the heat, and using 2 forks, shred the chicken.  When fully shredded, stir to combine all the sauce, veggies and chicken.

6.  Stir the milk and egg mixture into the cornmeal/flour mixture.  Stir well, until all ingredients are incorporated.  

7. Spoon all the cornbread batter onto the enchilada mixture.  Carefully, spread the batter over as much of the chicken as possible, but if it doesn’t cover everything that’s ok!  It will puff and spread as it bakes!  

8.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cheese over the cornbread, and top with jalapeños, if desired.

9.  Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes, or until the cornbread is cooked through.  

10.  Remove from the oven and let cool 5-10 minutes before serving…it will be HOT!  

11.  Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

Keywords: weeknight, easy, healthy, comfort