I did so many (un)important things this weekend! And now, unfortunately, I’m going to tell you about them.

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Somebody that I live with was in Vegas. I was all alone. This is how I live!

I poached four eggs. Not at once.

I ate asparagus for BREAKFAST. I know. What.the.heck. This is so unlike me. I’ll explain later. And no, I am not with child.

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I made the executive decision to THROW away that freaking magic bullet blender that I loathe. My feelings came to a head after it took 18 (yes… seriously 18) minutes to blend the ice in my smoothie, and in my first gulp I got a piece of some disgusting, chewy scum that was hiding underneath a blade or something and lived through multiple hand washers and dishwasher cycles.

Ugggh. My skin is crawling just thinking about it. So I went out and bought a new blender, then slammed that piece of junk right into the trash. Hard.

I did a laundry load of towels. This? Huge deal. It’s often a stand off to see who will cave first and throw them in the wash. Actually, that’s totally a lie. There is no stand off because my husband knows that I surely won’t ever do them. He so kindly takes care of it.

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I became addicted to yogurt pretzels. Really, this addiction started while I was in Florida… but now they are all I can think about. I mean… allllll I can think about. I bought some at Trader Joe’s on Friday and ate like, half the bag on my ride home. Then I curiously decided to take a peek at what a serving is of these so called “yogurt” pretzels… and it’s eight freaking pretzels! I ate eight pretzels in one HANDFUL. Whatever. We all know this whole yogurt business is just code for deliciously addicting white chocolate.

I killed about six thousand ants, four spiders and three stinkbugs. Then I went to Target to buy bug spray, spent $150 and left without bug spray. Oh but I did buy four pink bowls. That’s like the same thing.

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So… phew. Monday is here and I’m spent.

The only other thing I did was make these Thai chicken enchiladas because I thought I would win the wife-of-the-year award (this should include shoes)… but then I ate them all. I pretty much survived on enchiladas for breakfast, lunch and dinner… leaving nothing for my tired and heavily hungover husband when he returned home. Except a few yogurt pretzel crumbs. And well, that was like four hours ago so now? Yeah. There is really no food for him.

But let’s talk enchiladas. Swimming in coconut milk and red chili sauce, these are packed with chicken, shredded cabbage, carrots and onions, and a hefty handful of crushed peanuts and cilantro. I think the whole addition of peanuts is one of my favorite things about Thai food, and they take these to the next level. Feel free to add in any other favorite flavors of your choice, but these are packed with a sweet, tangy and slightly spicy punch. Clearly I liked them a little too much.

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Thai Chicken Enchiladas

serves 2-4

8 flour tortillas

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

1 tablespoons canola oil

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

1/3 cup chopped/shredded carrots

1/2 cup chopped/shredded cabbage

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

4 green onions, sliced

1/3 cup chopped + crushed peanuts + more for garnish

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro + more for garnish

2 1/2 cups light coconut milk

1/3 cup + 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add canola oil. Throw in onions, cabbage, carrots, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring to mix. Let cool until vegetables are soft, about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in chicken, green onions, peanuts, cilantro, remaining salt and pepper, tossing to coat, and let cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in 3/4 cup coconut milk and 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce, mixing thoroughly to combine. Turn off heat.

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Whisk together remaining coconut milk and sweet chili sauce. Pour about 1/2 a cup or so on the bottom of the dish. Slightly warm tortillas if desired to make them more pliable, then place a few spoonfuls of the chicken mixture in each, rolling up tightly and placing in the dish. Cover with remaining coconut milk and chili sauce mix. I usually take a spoon and cover every inch of the tortilla with the sauce, just to make sure it’s coated.

Bake for 20 minutes, then remove and top with additional peanuts and cilantro. Since sauce is not as thick as traditional enchilada sauce, when you remove them from the oven, spoon sauce from the bottom of the dish all over the tortillas. Additionally this can be done halfway through cooking too.

Notes: I use Trader Joe’s sweet chili sauce, but you should be able to find it in the international aisle of most grocery stores – I believe the most common brand is Thai Kitchen. I do suggest tasting the sauce first and adjusting accordingly from there so the dish works with your desired spice level. If you an unsure of what to do with your leftover coconut milk, make pancakes, hummus or brussels sprouts!

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Mmmmm Monday.

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233 Responses to “Thai Chicken Enchiladas.”

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    Katie — April 2, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    I kind of want to throw away my bullet blender after reading this. Those blades kill me – the are the worrrst to clean.


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    Nancy @ CouponClippingCook — April 2, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    What a fun and different idea. I’ve not tried Trader Joe’s Chili Sauce but it’s already on my list to get when I go there next. Looks delicious.


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    Lori @ Lemons and Lavender — April 2, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    I know what I’m going to be thinking about ALL day…and it’s not going to be yogurt pretzels.

    This looks and sounds fabulous.


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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — April 2, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    I think I just died and went to heaven. All my favorite things in one gorgeous dish.

    I have the same problem with Target. You are not alone. Can’t wait to see your pink bowls.


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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — April 2, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    I LOVE LOVE Thai food! These look so good…I’m still wanting to try Thai Pizza and now this is added to my list…. I think it’s the peanuts I love, as well. They give such a great flavor and crunch.


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    betty — April 2, 2012 @ 12:28 pm



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    Megan — April 2, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    These sound amazing!! I think I will have this for dinner! Thanks!


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    Traci — April 2, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I’m loving these! I love enchiladas and these are a great twist on some of my favorite foods.


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    Soyphet — April 2, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look so good. Can’t wait to try these!


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 2, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    I think it is just a woman thing to not be able to walk out of Target with just one thing. There’s too much awesomeness to distract us.

    Speaking of awesome, this is an awesome idea for enchiladas! I love the crunchiness from the peanuts and the coconut milk sauce!


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    Nina — April 2, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Seriously, I love this post! When my husband is traveling for work, my food choices are embarrassing. It usually comes down to pasta, butter and pesto, but I am going to try these. I think the hubs would like them too. If only the Trader Joe’s parking lot wasn’t such a mob scene after work!


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    Mackenzie Byersdorf — April 2, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    I wish I was already at the grocery store so I could make these…my mouth is watering.


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    Krissy's Creations — April 2, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Haha your weekend sounds pretty good to me :). Productive! And I would do the same thing! Go to Target and leave with the 1 thing I went for. Loving these enchiladas. Especially the Thai twist :)


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    Jasper @ crunchylittlebites — April 2, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    anything that’s rolled-up makes it so much better, for some reason…fun to eat, or something?

    also, my non-blogging friend was reading this article I printed off from HWE (funfetti cupcakes) and she said “Is this the lady who cooked the cupcakes that’s also writing?” “Yes,” I replied. “She is a freakin’ hilarious writing. Absolutely hilarious.”

    just thought you should know, Jessica


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    Michelle — April 2, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    I’ve been in that “throw shit away that annoys me” stage for couple of weeks. My garage is now passable and I’ve bought two new shower curtains in two weeks. Thanks for the recipe! I’m looking for new recipes and that looks relatively healthy. You had me at Thai!


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    Liz — April 2, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Do you find that when your husband is gone – that’s when the larger than life bugs, ants, crickets come out to play? I feel like that ALWAYS happens when my hubby is traveling. Onetime there was even a baby snake on my bathroom floor… Crazy times. PS. Your enchiladas looks AMAZING!


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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen — April 2, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    I’m impressed that you went through the effort to cook these for yourself! They DO look worth it though.


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    Jentry Nielsen — April 2, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Just came across your blog from a Chobani tweet and I love it! The fact you went to Target, spent that much money, and walked out not purchasing the one thing you went in for sold me! I do that weekly, it’s bad! haha
    This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it, maybe I can impress the boy with it as well! ha
    And yes those “yogurt” pretzels are more than addicting! I try to refrain from buying them!
    Can’t wait to read more from you!!!


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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — April 2, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    I love Thai food and Target. I don’t know how to get out of Target for less than $100. Oh well.


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    Mama Pea — April 2, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    I kid you not, I ate asparagus for breakfast today. Tis the season.


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    Jen — April 2, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    I love your summaries – they make me laugh. Maybe I regognize myself in some of the stuff you write about hehe.


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    honeywhatscooking — April 2, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    looks very innovative. i love the idea of this.. you come up with such amazing concoctions. love it.


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    Kelly — April 2, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    Love this idea! Yum!


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    Moni Meals — April 2, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    yum yum yum! Always a fan of Thai. Great recipe.


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    Quiche-ing Queen — April 2, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    I would have never thought to use thai flavors for enchiladas. So creative. Yummy!


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    MikeVFMK — April 2, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    Love me some enchiladas! And with these ingredients. This is the kind of comfort food I love.


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    Amy — April 2, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    I made this tonight and they are amazing! I love your blog…i have made several of your recipes and they have ALL been amazing!!!


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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — April 2, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    haha i love what you said about target because I am pretty sure most women have this issue walking into that store, leaving with less money and not getting what you went in for! That looks amazingly delicious…I love the addition of crushed peanuts too! too bad for Mr. Howsweet!


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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — April 2, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    These sound incredible. I love Thai and enchiladas. So does my little guy. He isn’t even 2, and he can say enchiladas.


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    Jacqueline — April 2, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    Woah-these enchiladas look AMAZING!! The Thai flavor? Genius. Awesome recipe!


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    Melanie — April 3, 2012 @ 12:23 am

    Nice of you to introduce me to the golden gates(thai enchiladas). I will live there FOREVER!! You MUST try the Hallmark Brand white covered pretzels, My absolute FAV white confection covered pretzels, I’ll try the Trader Joes and you go check out Hallmark’s, K!?


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    Alison — April 3, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    Genius! I love the idea of these.


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    STUFT Mama — April 3, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    Okay, not only am I laughing at your list of things that happened over the weekend, but I’m drooling over these enchiladas and want to trash my Magic Bullet that’s on the counter and dig into my brand new one that’s been sitting in the box for three months now. :)


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    pam — April 3, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I always sooooo look forward to reading your blog every morning while at work and laughing out loud! You are incredibly hilarious.period.


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    Brandi — April 3, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Oh no! I absolutely love my magic bullet. Bought two in fact. The new one is stashed away in the event what happened to you happens to me. Although my reaction might be the same :(. Don’t eat meat but theses look good!


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    Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — April 3, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    OMG I LOVE THESE! You have combined two of my favorite food types–Mexican and Thai! You are my hero and I NEED to make these.


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    Crystal — April 3, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    OMG. These looked so incredible that I was inspired to make them today. SO, I am headed for the pantry to get some ingredients and we hope to eat very well tonight!


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    Donna — April 3, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    I love your fantastic Thai riff on enchiladas and I love your equally fantastic sense of humour and writing style…I consider you to be the top foodista blogger on the planet. Thank you for sharing it all with us.


    • Jessica — April 3rd, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much Donna – that is so kind.


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    Alyssa — April 3, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    I just made these and they were amazing! I even mentioned them in my blog (soooooo not a food blog!). I got full fat coconut milk….lowfat is not even in my vocabulary. Great recipe, as always!


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    lisa b — April 3, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    A, you absolutely kill me with your commentary! Freakin’ sweet!! But, has everyone overlooked the obvious?? You seriously have a periwinkle blue baking dish? I am loving that!! Now I know what is going on my birthday wish list! ;) Target? ?


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    kathy — April 3, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    Gr8t recount of the birth of your enchilladas that I cant wait to make…and your photography was Gr8t too…..
    Make these for your hub and show him this page and your sure to get those shoes…Thanks for such an uplifting way to view food!!!!!


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    Courtney @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — April 4, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    Thank you for bringing back the term “with child.” Gave me a good chuckle this morning!


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    Cara — April 4, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Yum! I made these last night. I did switch a couple of things that I thought I would share. For one, I added 3 Thai chilis to the oil before adding the veggies…gave it a nice spice! Also for the sauce instead of using sweet chili sauce, I whisked in a couple of teaspoons of red curry paste into the coconut milk! Thanks for the recipe! So.good.


    • Jessica — April 4th, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

      Love it – was hoping someone would try with curry and report back. Thanks!


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    Michelle Smith — April 4, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    I love your blog! It is the first one I check every morning.
    I made this last night, only I used egg roll wrappers ( I was out of tortillas).
    Amazing recipe.
    thanks for sharing


  45. #
    Geof — April 4, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    Trying to think of what to serve with these aside from a salad with a peanut dressing.


  46. #
    Susie Bee on Maui — April 5, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    Really good. I made them day before yesterday and blogged them today!


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    Q's Mommy — April 5, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    These look soooooooo good! I was wondering, do you think you could make the recipe and instead of baking them right away – freeze them?


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    Anita H — April 5, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    OMG, made the enchiladas, they were wonderful. Thanks for the great recipe, definately will be made again. Did it exactly except for the green onions. Never missed the cheese!!


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    Anna — April 5, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    I made these tonight – so good! no really SO GOOD! :)


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    elaine — April 6, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    making these tonight for a potluck! i’ve been thinking about them ever since you posted and i can’t wait to taste them!!



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