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Chicken Chilaquiles

6 Servings

Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins

Sara Deseran, co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Tacolicious restaurants as well as MF Chicken, a takeout rotisserie business, gave us this recipe for the classic Mexican dish of fried tortillas softened in earthy, smooth chile salsa. It’s both comforting and very flavorful, and makes a terrific brunch, lunch, or even dinner.

*Try this Mexican-style Pickled Onions recipe as a topping

 12 (6-in.) corn tortillas
 2 tbsp olive oil
 5 dried guajillo chiles
 2 ½ cups hot chicken broth
 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes (preferably fire-roasted)
 1 garlic clove
 ½ small onion, quartered
 ½ tsp sugar
 ½ tsp kosher salt
 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
 Mexican crema or sour cream
 Chopped cilantro
 Sliced radishes
 Fried eggs (optional)
 Mexican Pickled Onions* (optional)

Preheat oven to 425°. Cut tortillas into quarters. Toss with olive oil until coated, then spread in a single layer on 2 baking sheets. Toast in oven about 15 minutes, turning once, until evenly crisp and golden.


Meanwhile, heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Toast chiles just until fragrant, turning, about 30 seconds. Stem chiles (keep seeds) and add to a blender. Pour in chicken broth and let sit until chiles have softened, about 15 minutes.


Add tomatoes, garlic, and onion to chiles and blend into a smooth salsa.


In a large frying pan, simmer salsa over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until about as thick as ketchup, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in sugar and salt. Stir in chicken, followed by toasted tortillas (in batches if necessary). Cook until tortillas are softened but still a little crunchy, 2-3 minutes more.


Divide among 4 plates and layer with toppings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 320Calories from Fat 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.7g15%

Saturated Fat 1.6g8%
Cholesterol 61mg21%
Sodium 1066mg45%
Total Carbohydrate 34g12%

Dietary Fiber 5.2g21%
Protein 25g50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.