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It’s not very fun to eat when you have your braces. And with the food restrictions, you can’t eat things that will cause damage or cleaning issues. No apples, corn-on-the-cob, hard or sticky food, etc. But buck up little soldier! We’re here to help you make the most out of your menu choices with some delicious recipes that are approved for those with dental work.

Today’s pick is a flavor-filled favorite. Chicken enchiladas with an extra zingy sour cream sauce! Mmmmm-mmmmh! This one comes straight out of texas.

INGREDIENTS:
-3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-Kosher salt
-4 tbsp. olive oil
-2 tbsp. unsalted butter
-2 serrano chiles
-2 clove garlic
-2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
-2 c. chicken broth
-2 c. sour cream
-1 c. Chopped cilantro
-1 tsp. ground cumin
-1 dash cayenne
-1 can tomatillos
-24 corn tortillas
-10 oz. Monterey Jack
-1 medium onion

DIRECTIONS:
Step 1 –
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Season chicken with salt and pepper, toss with 2 tablespoons oil, and bake in a cast-iron skillet until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Let cool, shred, and set aside.

Step 2 – Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add chiles; cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Whisk in flour for 1 minute. Whisk in broth until thickened, about 6 minutes. Stir in sour cream, ¼ cup cilantro, cumin, and cayenne. Transfer to a blender, add tomatillos, and puree. Pour 1 cup mixture in each of 2 buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dishes.

Step 3 – In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and cook tortillas in batches until soft, about 1 minute per side, adding oil as needed. Place 1/4 cup reserved chicken, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 teaspoon onion on each tortilla and roll into a cigar shape. Place in baking dishes and cover with remaining sour cream mixture and cheese. Bake until top is lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Garnish with remaining cilantro.

If you would like more information about foods that do well with braces, call Dr. Steven Alexander and our helpful team at Alexander Orthodontics in Queensbury, New York. Phone: 518-793-8511.