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"Chopped" winner and "Top Chef" competitor Katsuji Tanabe shares his next-level chicken enchiladas in a creamy tomatillo sauce. The recipe is super-tasty, and quick to make, especially if you use a rotisserie chicken. Katsuji, who was born in Mexico City to Mexican and Japanese parents, often uses influences from both cultures in his cooking, but these enchiladas are pretty classic. If you're in the Raleigh-Durham area, check out his latest venture, A'Verde Cocina and Tequila Library.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
To make the sauce, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the tomatillos, garlic, jalapenos or serranos and spring onion, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables get a little color, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the stock or water, bring to a boil and cook until the tomatillos turn a deep, dark green, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it into a blender, reserving the saucepan. Add the cilantro and epazote to the blender and blend until smooth.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in the reserved saucepan over medium heat. Pour in the sauce and bring to a boil. Stir in the heavy cream, check the seasonings and keep warm.
In a large skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and semi-fry the tortillas until they are soft, about 30 seconds per side. Fill the tortillas with the pulled chicken, roll them up and place in a medium roasting pan or casserole dish. Top with three-quarters of the sauce and half the cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Top with the remaining cheese and bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. Add the remaining sauce and garnish with the white onion, sour cream and Cotija cheese.