Chilaquiles Verdes (Mexican tortilla chip casserole with green salsa)
Chilaquiles verdes (Mexican tortilla chip casserole with green salsa)
Often eaten at breakfast or brunch, chilaquiles are a delicious any time of day
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- 1 bag of store-bought tortilla chips (or one recipe homemade-also on this site)
- 1 recipe salsa verde (or 1 jar store-bought. The Cool Chile Company sells a good one)
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 medium courgette (optional)
- 1 white onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 2 Avocado leaves (or bay leaves)
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano (or a sprig of fresh oregano)
- 10 black peppercorns
- Chopped celery (optional)
- Oil for frying
- 25-40 g queso fresco
- Place the chicken, onion, garlic, Avocado (or bay) leaves, oregano, peppercorns, and celery in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, partially cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the chicken, reserving the broth, and shred.
- Finely chop or shred the courgette if using (a grater works well for this).
- In a smaller saucepan, heat a tablespoon of oil on medium. Add the salsa verde and fry for a minute or two until the sauce thickens and darkens slightly.
- Ladle in the chicken broth a bit at a time, stirring frequently, until the salsa has thinned again to a pourable consistency.
- Preheat the oven to 170° C.
- Line a large oven-safe dish with a layer of tortilla chips. Top with shredded chicken and courgette. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up (try to end with a layer of tortilla chips).
- Pour the salsa verde (carefully!) over the tortilla chip casserole and bake in the oven for just a few minutes: no more than five for homemade tortilla chips; two or three tops for store-bought.
- What works particularly well for store-bought tortilla chips is to make the casserole in a wide-bottomed saucepan, pour over the salsa, turn the flame on medium and cook just a minute or two.
- Serve immediately in bowls, topped with crumbled queso fresco.
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