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The BEST Chicken Enchilada Recipe! Shredded chicken rolled up in a soft, flour tortilla with cheese and all of your favorite fillings and toppings and smothered with enchilada sauce!
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  1. EASY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS RECIPE
  2. INGREDIENTS
  3. Variations
  4. HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
  5. How to Store
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Great Dinner Recipes
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The BEST Chicken Enchilada Recipe! Shredded chicken rolled up in a soft, flour tortilla with cheese and all of your favorite fillings and toppings and smothered with enchilada sauce! A family favorite homemade recipe!

Weeknights are crazy, that’s why we love easy weeknight dinner ideas like this yummy enchilada recipe. Some of our other favorites are our Taco Casserole Bake and our Amazing Baked Mac and Cheese! (Add these to your Easy Dinner Recipe Book!)

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EASY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS RECIPE

I’m a huge lover of Mexican food and homemade chicken enchiladas are a family weeknight dinner favorite in my home! Nothing fills the house with delicious smells that get everyone’s mouths watering like this chicken enchilada recipe.

Chicken enchiladas are so easy to make. That’s why it’s one of my favorite go-to weeknight meals.

The best thing about this chicken enchilada recipe is that if you make more than you need, you can freeze and use the filling another day! This is a great meal to batch make! I always make more filling than I think we’ll need and am guaranteed someone will finish off the leftovers the next day!

QUICK NOTE: Want to make this super easy? Buy a rotisserie chicken and use that for your shredded chicken! The chicken is super moist and juicy and saves you a step from having to cook the chicken! 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 flour tortillas, soft shell size – traditionally corn tortillas are used, but I prefer flour. Feel free to use either.
  • 2.5 cups shredded chicken – I typically will grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery and shred it (save some prep time!) You can also use leftover baked chicken breasts (this is a terrific recipe for leftovers).
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 10oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles – you can use fresh diced tomoatoes as well, but I like to add in green chiles for a little extra kick)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 small cans red enchilada sauce – feel free to use a homemade enchilada sauce if you have a favorite recipe. I prefer a canned sauce to keep the recipe quick and easy.
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Optional: Homemade Queso DipHomemade Salsa Recipe
  • Other Enchilada Filling Variations / Add-Ins – avocado, cilantro, corn, jalapeños, sour cream or Mexican crema, guacamole, homemade salsa or our corn salsa are all delicious

Feel free to customize! Leave out what you don’t like and add in anything that sounds yummy! You cannot go wrong!

Variations

  • Tortillas – You can use either corn tortillas or flour. Depending on your preference this will change up the recipe. You could also use gluten-free tortillas to make it a gluten-free dinner.
  • Protein – Change up the protein. Add ground beef, pulled pork, carnitas, or go meatless using a vegetarian meatless crumble.
  • Bean – Add additional beans like white beans. You can even use chickpeas or lentils.
  • Sauce – Try a green enchilada sauce to kick up the heat a bit or try a white enchilada sauce to give more of a cheese taste. There’s a lot you can do to put your own spin on classic chicken enchiladas. Instead of using red enchilada sauce, try a green enchilada sauce to kick up the heat a bit or try a white enchilada sauce that is deliciously creamy and cheesy.
  • Fillings – There are so many different fillings you could use for making your authentic chicken enchiladas. If you prefer more veggies, red and yellow bell peppers are the perfect sweet and crunchy addition to this recipe.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, and spices.
  3. Divide the cheese evenly into 2 separate bowls. Set one bowl of cheese to the side, you will use it for the toppings once all the enchiladas are assembled.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and spread it evenly.
  5. Pour 1 can of enchilada sauce into a shallow bowl. Dip a tortilla in the enchilada sauce, covering both sides with the sauce. Let the excess sauce drip off.
  6. Place about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture in the middle of the tortilla and top with cheese. Roll tortilla around the chicken mixture and place seam side up in the baking dish.
  7. Assemble the remaining enchiladas and place them all in the 9×13 pan. Top enchiladas with remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with chopped cilantro.
  9. Serve warm! Enjoy with more cilantro, sour cream, salsa, Spanish Rice, and avocado.
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How to Store

  • Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I use corn tortillas or flour tortillas for enchiladas

Flour tortillas are the best tortillas to use when making chicken enchiladas, they are much easier to roll. That being said, chicken enchiladas are nothing if not customizable! There’s nothing to stop you from using the chicken enchilada filling inside of corn tortillas if that’s what you prefer.

How to make chicken enchiladas in the crockpot

Chicken enchiladas can also be made in your crockpot or instant pot if you want your meal to be ready and waiting when you get home. Simply put all the ingredients, aside from the tortillas, into your crock pot and cook on low. When you’re ready to eat, simply assemble your chicken enchiladas and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

How do I make my enchiladas crispy?

I often hear that people love chicken enchiladas from their favorite Mexican restaurant… But when they try to make enchiladas at home, they turn out gooey and soggy. Here are my top tips for making crispy chicken enchiladas:
Don’t soak the tortillas in the enchilada sauce for too long and make sure the excess drips off. If the flour tortillas absorb too much moisture, they will break down.
When you pour the remaining enchilada sauce on top of your assembled chicken enchiladas, leave the edges exposed. Only pour the sauce down the middle so the ends of the tortillas cook more.
You could consider using corn tortillas instead of flour ones. These are more resistant to moisture from the sauce.
After baking your chicken enchiladas in the oven for 20 minutes, put them under the broiler for a few more minutes. This will ensure the top does nice and crispy!

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4.94 from 45 votes
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Chicken Enchiladas

Serves — 8
The BEST Chicken Enchilada Recipe! Shredded chicken rolled up in a soft, flour tortilla with cheese and all of your favorite fillings and toppings and smothered with enchilada sauce!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 8 flour tortillas soft shell size
  • 2.5 cups shredded chicken I love to buy a rotisserie chicken and shred that up!
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 small cans red enchilada sauce
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese shredded , divided
  • Cilantro for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl mix together chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, and spices.
  • Divide cheese evenly into 2 separate bowls. Set one bowl of cheese to the side, you will use it for topping once all the enchiladas are assembled.
  • Pour 1/2 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and spread evenly.
  • Pour 1 can of enchilada sauce into a shallow bowl. Dip a tortilla in the enchilada sauce, covering both sides with sauce. Let the excess drip off. Place about 1/3 cup chicken mixture in the middle of the tortilla and top with cheese. Roll tortilla around the chicken mixture and place seam side up in the baking dish.
  • Assemble remaining enchiladas and place them all in the 9×13 pan. Top enchiladas with remaining enchilada sauce and sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve warm! Enjoy with more cilantro, sour cream, salsa, tomato and avocado.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition Info

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 262mg | Iron: 3mg
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Next time you’re stuck for a weeknight family meal, consider making your very own authentic Mexican chicken enchiladas with this very chicken enchilada recipe. I love quick and easy family dinner recipes just like this one!

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
    These enchiladas were delicious and so fresh tasting. Easy to make and great warmed up the next day too. I have made many enchilada recipes but this one is my favorite. I made one pan using gluten free shells. Such a great meal.

  2. 4 stars
    Great recipe! But I wanted a more traditional enchilada taste so I used corn tortillas. Flour tortillas are for burritos in my family.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious and soo easy to make! I made the chicken ahead of time in the Instapot and let it cool before putting the dish together. Everyone loved it!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these enchiladas for dinner about 10 days ago.
    They were delicious I think I ate them for three days afterwards what was left over. I will keep this recipe and make them again

  5. 5 stars
    This was the best recipe. Tastes authentic and the whole family loved them. Easy to make. This is a winner!

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe this evening. I was going to use home canned chicken but discovered that I didn’t have any so I substituted home canned beef stew meat and used corn tortillas. They turned out great, we loved them!