Chicken and Avocado Skillet Chilaquiles

by Lynne on May 6, 2010

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Chicken and Avocado Chilaquiles

The first time in my life that I ate Chilaquiles was at the Food Bloggers lunch and cooking demonstration sponsored by the California Avocado Commission at Ciudad Restaurant with the Too Hot Tamales, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. I saw on the menu that they were going to prepare it, but I had no clue what it was. It turned out to be a dish that is easy to make and very tasty, but looks like a blob of brown stuff. But that’s ok, because some really delicious food looks like a blob of brown stuff.

Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish that is usually eaten at breakfast or brunch, served along with scrambled or fried eggs and roasted chiles. Chilaquiles are often recommended as a cure for a hangover, because in Mexico spicy foods are believed to help with this condition. This dish is popular from the U.S. border all throughout Mexico into Guatemala because it’s a popular way to use leftover salsa and stale corn tortillas.

Recipes for chilaquiles have been found in a U.S. cookbook published in 1898 by Encarnacion Pinedo called El Cocerina Espanol (The Spanish Cookbook).

Susan Feniger

Mary Sue prepares her knife.

Mary Sue and Susan each made a big skillet of the chilaquiles, starting off with chicken broth, salsa and half-and-half. It was brought to a boil and the chicken and tortillas were added, turned over and over to coat. The cheese was added and stirred in, and then the avocado, onion, jalapeno and cilantro. It was cooked for about a minute more, just to heat through. When it was served it got a squeeze of lime and a dollop of sour cream. That’s it. Fast. Easy.

Chilaquiles 1

Chilaquiles 2

Chilaquiles 3

Chilaquiles 4

Chicken Chilaquiles

You can read here about the other dishes prepared for Cinco de Mayo by the Too Hot Tamales.

Crispy Avocado Taco with Chipotle Corn Relish

Avocado, Bacon and Tomato Salad
Avocado and Mango with Honey Yogurt and Avocado and Orange Liquado with Lavender Shortbread Cookie

Chicken and Avocado Skillet Chilaquiles

Serves: 4

1 cup tomato salsa, medium heat
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
½ cup half-and-half
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
6 cups corn tortilla chips
1 cup cubed panela cheese
2 ripe avocados, seeded, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
½ small red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded, if desired, and minced
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 lime, cut into wedges
½ cup sour cream

1. In a wide skillet, bring salsa, chicken broth and half-and-half to a boil. Add chicken and tortilla chips, mixing gently to coat each chip while simmering for 1 to 2 minutes.

2. When some of the chips have moistened and begun to break up, but others are still holding their shape, add cheese. Continue stirring gently for another minute or distribute cheese evenly.

3. Add avocado, onion, jalapeno pepper and cilantro; stir well to distribute. Cook for 1 minute, just to heat through. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from stovetop and divide evenly among warmed plates. Top with a squeeze of lime and a dollop of sour cream, and serve immediately.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks May 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I agree. Chilaquiles are lovely for breakfast along with eggs and cafe con canela.

Bee December 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

Yum! Can you re-heat these the next day, or does that ruin them?

Lynne December 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Hi Bee ~ This is not my recipe… I ate it at the blogger’s lunch, watched it being prepared and photographed it. I would think that reheating cooked avocado the next day would not be a good idea. It wouldn’t ruin them, but I’m not sure what color reheated avocado would be, you know? If you try it, let me know what happens.

Wesley October 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I did it, and if you put it in a air tight container, squeeze a little lime juice on top, it comes out very nice. I ate it the next day, I wouldn’t keep it any longer. To answer your question Lynne the avocado stayed green.
This is by far the easiest recipe I have done in a very long time and the feed back was excellent.

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